Biobased Chemical

March 25, 2016

UT center continues quest for low-cost, high-quality bioenergy

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists with the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon are continuing efforts to develop renewable and cost-competitive biofuels and biobased products that can be useful for society and to advance rural economies. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

Penn State announces first harvest of shrub willow

BY Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and biobased economic development, according to researchers. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

AST increases scale of Wisconsin research facility

BY Ann BaileyFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Science and Technology has completed the scale-up of its biorefinery in Wausau, Wisconsin. The company increased the processing capacity of its facility from 100 kilograms to 2 tons of cellulosic biomass per day. READ MORE

March 18, 2016

BASF, Avantium announce plans to establish a joint venture

BY BASF Found In:ChemicalsBASF and Avantium have signed a letter of intent and entered into exclusive negotiations to establish a joint venture for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid, as well as marketing of polyethylenefuranoate. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

Report quantifies employment, turnover impacts of EU bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study commissioned by the Belgium-based Biobased Industries Consortium has determined the European bioeconomy employs 18.3 million people and results in EUR 2.1 trillion ($2.31 trillion) in turnover. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

Anellotech announces additional equity investment

BY Anellotech Found In:ChemicalsAnellotech recently announced that it has received an additional $3 million equity investment from an unnamed and confidential multinational strategic investor and corporate partner, bringing total investment from this investor to $10 million. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

DOE seeks input on biorefinery scale-up, operational challenges

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking feedback that will will help its Bioenergy Technologies Office better understand capabilities, barriers and opportunities, associated with the operation of integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

March 16, 2016

BioAmber reports operational progress at Sarnia plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. has released financial results, reporting that the company’s fourth quarter performance exceeded its expectations, with $1.1 million in sales of bio-succinic acid during the three-month period. READ MORE

March 15, 2016

Deinove, Arbiom announce collaboration

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove and Arbiom have announced a collaboration that involves the characterization forestry residues pretreated with Arbiom's technology and the evaluation of Deinococcus potential for assimilating the sugars extracted from this biomass. READ MORE

March 14, 2016

Researchers closer to finding key to converting algae to biofuel

BY University of Florida Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers may have found a key to converting algae to fuel. The scientists have found what researchers call a “transcription factor,” called ROC40. READ MORE

March 11, 2016

House hearing focuses on DOE loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 3, two subcommittees associated with the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program. Abengoa projects were among those discussed during the event. READ MORE

March 11, 2016

Corbion plans bioplastic production plant in Thailand

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsNetherlands-based Corbion recently announced it has completed pre-engineering for a 75,000-ton-per-year (polylactic acid) PLA polymerization plant, and is entering the basic-engineering phase. READ MORE

March 11, 2016

Lux Research: Southeast Asia promising hub for biobased chemicals

BY Lux Research Found In:ChemicalsDriven by large and widespread feedstocks and government incentives, Southeast Asia is positioned to be a hub for biobased materials and chemicals (BBMC), according to Lux Research. READ MORE

March 10, 2016

Amyris reports strong fourth quarter renewable product sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released fourth quarter financial results, reporting GAPP revenues of $9.8 million, down from $11.6 million during the same quarter of the prior year. Product sales reached $5.2 million during the fourth quarter. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

UT, Genera Energy harvest hybrid poplar stand

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and a bioeconomy. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

Optimizing biofuel production from algae using CO2 emissions

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team reports in American Chemical Society’s journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research an optimized way of producing biofuel from algae that also removes CO2 emissions from the environment. READ MORE

March 07, 2016

Comet Biorefining awarded $10.9 million SDTC grant

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSustainable Development Technology Canada has awarded Comet Biorefining, Inc. a grant of CA$10.9 million ($8.2 million) for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced biobased chemicals plant in Sarnia, Ontario. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Vilsack defends biofuels, bioenergy during House hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 24, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on the state of the rural economy featuring testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Biofuels and bioenergy were among the topics discussed during the nearly three-hour event. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

USDA highlights bioeconomy investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a fact sheet highlighting its investments in rural America, including several related to sparking innovation in America’s bioeconomy to support the development of biomanufacturing and advanced biofuels. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Japanese researchers improve biorefineries with bubbles

BY Tohoku University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of researchers from Japan's Tohoku University has developed a new method for the pretreatment of organic material, or biomass, which could lead to more efficient production of biofuels and biochemicals. READ MORE

March 02, 2016

DOE seeks pilot-scale capability for biofuels, biobased products

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsApplications are due March 4 to respond to a U.S. DOE request for information about public and private sector capabilities in pilot scale verification of biofuels and bioproducts processes. READ MORE

March 01, 2016

EPA: Chartered SAB to review biogenic framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has scheduled a public meeting of the chartered Science Advisory Board March 31-April 1. During the meeting, the SAB is expected to conduct a quality review of a draft report on the accounting framework for biogenic carbon emissions. READ MORE

March 01, 2016

New way to reduce plant lignin could lead to cheaper biofuels

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shown for the first time that an enzyme can be tweaked to reduce lignin in plants. Their technique could help lower the cost of converting biomass into fuels. READ MORE

February 29, 2016

DOE schedules biomass committee meeting for March 8-9

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for March 8-9 in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

February 26, 2016

Federal biomass board releases bioeconomy report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biomass Research and Development Board, an interagency collaboration composed of senior decision-makers from federal agencies and the White House, recently published a report, titled “Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy.” READ MORE

February 26, 2016

Best regions for growing bioenergy crops identified

BY University of Illinois Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have identified regions in the United States where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing effects on water quantity and quality. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

Anellotech continues to build intellectual property portfolio

BY Anellotech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAnellotech recently announced it has been granted U.S. Patent No. 9,249,080 that describes a catalytic process for converting non-food biomass into a wide range of intermediates for the chemical industry. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

ANL: Genetic diversity can lead to more productive biofuel growth

BY Argonne National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have mixed different genetic varieties of switchgrass on production-size plots, hypothesizing this could increase yield, produce a fuller crop and potentially reducing the crop's vulnerability to weather fluctuations. READ MORE

February 23, 2016

Researchers find bioenergy potential in fungi found in manure

BY Joint Genome Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNature’s figured it out already, how to best break down food into fuel. Now scientists have caught up, showing that fungi found in the guts of goats, horses and sheep could help fill up your gas tank too. READ MORE

February 22, 2016

GFBiochemicals acquires Segetis, enters US market

BY GFBiochemicals Found In:ChemicalsGFBiochemicals, an industrial-scale producer of biobased levulinic acid, has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Segetis, the main levulinic acid derivatives producer in the U.S. market. READ MORE