Biobased Chemical

December 16, 2016

Switchgrass may be option for farmers who have lost topsoil

BY University of Missouri Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA study from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found that switchgrass improves soil quality and can be grown on farms that have lost fertile topsoil. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Global Bioenergies discusses demo plant, future strategy

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGlobal Bioenergies has announced it is now entering the final phase of demonstrating its technology for converting renewable carbon into hydrocarbons, with the first production of green isobutene recently observed. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

Trump nominates Perry to lead the Department of Energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rick Perry, a former governor of Texas, to serve as Secretary of Energy. The nomination is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

Chevron makes equity investment in Novvi

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:ChemicalsChevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and Novvi LLC recently announced that Chevron has made an equity investment into Novvi LLC, a joint venture of Amyris Inc., Cosan S.A., and American Refining Group. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

Lygos closes $13 million in venture financing

BY Lygos Inc. Found In:ChemicalsLygos Inc. recently announced the closing of $13 million in Series A financing led by IA Ventures and OS Fund. Other investors include First Round Capital, the Y Combinator Continuity Fund, 50 Years and Vast Ventures, along with angel investors. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

BEV to invest $1 billion in clean energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 12, members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund that will finance emerging energy breakthroughs. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

Minnesota n-butanol plant comes online

BY Anna SimetFound In:ChemicalsGreen Biologics Inc. has successfully converted a Minnesota ethanol plant into an n-butanol production facility. The plant, which is now online after two years of development, recently made its first customer shipment. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

DOE to open FOAs for integrated biorefineries, algae biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn early December, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to open two biofuel-related funding opportunities. One is focused on the optimization of integrated biorefineries, while the other is focused on algae-based fuels. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Amyris signs multi-year collaboration extension with Kuraray

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:ChemicalsAmyris Inc. recently announced that it has executed a multi-year extension to its collaboration agreement with its long-time partner Kuraray Co. LTD. The agreement features increased farnesene supply to Kuraray and the joint marketing of products. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Researchers collaborate with AST to develop lignin-based products

BY American Science and Technology Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Science and Technology has teamed up with Terma Group, a team of Waste and Environmental Technology researchers at the University of Malaga in Spain, to continue efforts on the development of new lignin-based products. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Trump nominates Pruitt to lead the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Leaf Resources, Novozymes launch biomass-to-sugars collaboration

BY Leaf Resources Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaf Resources recently announced a collaboration with Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes, to further increase the yields and efficiency associated with Leaf Resources’ innovative biomass conversion technology. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

UMass Amherst: Engineers boost biobased p-xylene production

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Found In:ChemicalsA team of chemical engineering researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an ingredient of plastics. The new method has a 97 percent yield and uses biomass as the feedstock. READ MORE

December 05, 2016

Green Biologics certified under USDA BioPreferred program

BY Green Biologics Inc. Found In:ChemicalsGreen Biologics Inc. recently announced that its high purity biobased n-butanol and acetone have received official certification under the USDA BioPreferred program. The products are marketed under the BioPure brand. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

ISU scientists explore advantages of horticultural bioplastics

BY Iowa State University Found In:ChemicalsNew bioplastic materials may enable gardeners to tend their plants more sustainably and could even help plants “self-fertilize” and grow healthier roots, according to research conducted by Iowa State University horticulturists. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

Survey identifies more than 100 million dead trees in California

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

Reverdia, Xinfu sign Biosuccinium supply, collaboration agreement

BY Reverdia Found In:ChemicalsReverdia has signed a strategic partnership with Hangzhou Xinfu Science & Technology Co. Ltd. The partnership represents a collaboration to adopt Biosuccinium in biobased polymers and co-polymers and a long-term supply agreement. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Engineering firm warns biomass builders on cutting costs

BY Axiom Engineering Associates Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMoves to make green energy more cost-effective, by cutting corners to reduce up-front costs cheaper, can prove to be an expensive mistake, Axiom Engineering Associates, a U.K. materials engineering company, warns. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Investing in the 'bioeconomy' could create jobs, reduce emissions

BY WILEY Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new article looks at the potential benefits of a Billion Ton Bioeconomy, a vision to enable a sustainable market for producing and converting a billion tons of U.S. biomass to biobased energy, fuels, and products by 2030. READ MORE

November 21, 2016

REG to conduct strategic review of REG Life Sciences activities

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:ChemicalsRenewable Energy Group's board of directors recently authorized a review of strategic alternatives for its Life Sciences subsidiary, which is developing renewable chemicals and fuels using a proprietary microbial fermentation process. READ MORE

November 17, 2016

2017 IBCE opens call for presentation ideas

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced its call for presentation ideas for the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo, taking place April 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The deadline to submit presentation ideas is Dec. 2. READ MORE

November 17, 2016

Total, Corbion form a joint venture in bioplastics

BY Corbion Found In:ChemicalsTotal and Corbion are joining forces to develop bioplastics by creating a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market polylactic (PLA) polymers. The two partners plan to build a PLA polymerization plant with a capacity of 75,000 tons per year. READ MORE

November 16, 2016

White House decarbonization report addresses biofuels, biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe White House has published a mid-century strategy on decarbonization that addresses biofuels and bioenergy. On Nov. 16, the report was filed with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change under the Paris climate deal. READ MORE

November 16, 2016

Global Bioenergies completes construction of demo plant

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:ChemicalsGlobal Bioenergies recently announced that the construction of its demo plant, started mid-2015, is now completed. The 100-ton-per-year plant will convert various biomass feedstocks into into high-purity isobutene. READ MORE

November 15, 2016

Changing cell behavior could boost biofuels, medicine

BY Washington University in St. Louis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA computer scientist at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to coax cells to do natural things under unnatural circumstances, which could be useful for stem cell research, gene therapy and biofuel production. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

USDA announces fiscal year 2017 BCAP funding

BY USDA Farm Service Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced Nov. 10 that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

Corbion begins construction of PLA plant in Thailand

BY Corbion Found In:ChemicalsOn Nov. 9, Corbion celebrated the groundbreaking of a new polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics polymerization plant at its existing site in Rayong, Thailand. The plant is expected to begin operations in 2018. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

RSB revises principles and criteria

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials has announced that its global members have voted to approve and publish revised principles and criteria, which will provide users with streamlined and easier to follow requirements. READ MORE

November 09, 2016

Biomass, biofuel groups hopeful Trump will support bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 8, the U.S. elected republican nominee Donald Trump to serve as its 45th president. Representatives of the biomass and biofuels industries are saying they look forward to working with the new administration to expand bioenergy production. READ MORE

November 08, 2016

BioAmber increases biosuccinic acid sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. recently released third quarter financial results, reporting sales of biosuccinic acid increased 45 percent when compared to the second quarter, reaching $3.7 million. In addition, the unit cost of biosuccinic acid fell 12 percent. READ MORE