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June 12, 2015

SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel schedules 3 teleconferences

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board has announced the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel will hold three teleconferences over the next several months to review the EPA's biogenic carbon emissions framework. READ MORE

June 12, 2015

UPM’s ValChem project receives EU funding

BY UPM Found In:ChemicalsUPM’s ValChem project, which is focused on value-added chemicals from wood lignin, has received EUR 13.1 million ($33.89 million) funding from the EU. Sekab, METabolic EXplorer and Technische Universitat Darmstadt are cooperating on the project. READ MORE

June 12, 2015

Synbio startups average 7.4 years to launch first product

BY Lux Research Found In:ChemicalsSynthetic biology start-ups developing technologies to convert biomass and other non-petroleum feedstocks into chemicals and materials need, on average, 7.4 years to launch a product, according to a Lux Research analysis. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

Unlocking the biofuel energy stored in plant cell walls

BY Cherie Winner, Penn State Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPenn State plant scientist Daniel Cosgrove has devoted decades to studying the cell walls that make plant matter resistant to chemical conversion. His research aims to overcome that challenge and enable greater energy production. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Researchers edit plant DNA using mechanism evolved in bacteria

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research opens the door to more rapid and reliable gene editing of plants. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

Verdezyne signs distribution agreement with Will & Co.

BY Verdezyne Inc. Found In:ChemicalsVerdezyne Inc. has reached an agreement with Will & Co .for distribution of Verdezyne’s first commercial product. The exclusive agreement is for sales and distribution of BIOLON DDDA (biobased dodecanedioic acid or DC12) in Europe. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

Researchers successfully dual crop camelina, soybean

BY American Society of Agronomy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn the United States, federal mandates to produce more renewable fuels, especially biofuels, have led to a growing debate: Should fuel or food grow on arable land? Recent research shows farmers can successfully, and sustainably, grow both. READ MORE

June 04, 2015

Solvay opens biotechnology laboratory in Brazil

BY Solvay Found In:ChemicalsSolvay has opened in Brazil its first fully dedicated Industrial Biotechnology Laboratory to boost the development of innovations and solutions based on sustainable chemistry, used in a growing range of end-markets. READ MORE

June 04, 2015

Clemson receives grant to research crops for energy use

BY Clemson University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new public-private partnership led by Clemson University and a worldwide biomass and bioenergy producer will research the use of crops that can both open new markets for South Carolina landowners and support the growing demand for renewable energy. READ MORE

June 04, 2015

FCStone to supply corn for Gevo’s Luverne plant

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with FCStone Merchant Services LLC to originate and supply corn for Gevo's plant in Luverne, Minnesota. READ MORE

June 03, 2015

BESC, Mascoma develop revolutionary yeast for biofuel production

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiofuels pioneer Mascoma LLC and the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center have developed a revolutionary strain of yeast that could help significantly accelerate the development of biofuels from nonfood plant matter. READ MORE

June 03, 2015

Virent BioFormPX paraxylene used for entirely plant-based bottle

BY Virent Inc. Found In:ChemicalsVirent has announced that its BioFormPX paraxylene was used in the world's first demonstration-scale production of a PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based materials. The bottles were showcased by The Coca-Cola Co. at Expo Milano 2015. READ MORE

June 02, 2015

N.Y. funds biotech accelerator, along with pellet and AD projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for the Central New York Biotech Accelerator. Separate initiatives recently announced by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will support pellet and biogas projects. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

DOE previews 2016 Billion-Ton Update in webinar

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent U.S. Department of Energy webinar included preview of the 2016 U.S. Billion-Ton Study update, which is currently scheduled for release in June 2016. The event was presented by DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office. READ MORE

May 27, 2015

In Depth: PHOTO REVIEW: International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY Biomass Magazine Staff Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA photo review of the 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo in Minneapolis. READ MORE

May 26, 2015

DOE hosts webinar on biofuel affordability

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced it will host a webinar on biofuel affordability on May 27. The event, titled "A Changing Market for Biofuels and Bioproducts," will address research related to biomass supply. READ MORE

May 22, 2015

Envia Energy joint venture breaks ground on GTL plant in Oklahoma

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnvia Energy, a joint venture between Waste Management Inc., Ventech Engineers International LLC, NRG Energy Inc. and Velocys plc, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, located adjacent to WM's East Oak Landfill. READ MORE

May 22, 2015

Pallmann, Standard Bio develop new biorefinery concept

BY Pallmann Group Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPallmann Group is joining forces with Standard Bio, an expert in novel biomass conversion technologies, to develop a new biorefinery concept that will use low-value organic waste as a resource for clean energy, natural fertilizers and animal protein. READ MORE

May 22, 2015

Cristal Union, Global Bioenergies to produce biobased isobutene

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:ChemicalsCristal Union and Global Bioenergies have announced the formation of IBN-One, a joint venture to build and operate a facility in France that converts renewable resources into isobutene. The plant is expected to have a 50,000 metric ton capacity. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

VTT converts lingocellulosic biomass to industrial chemicals

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:ChemicalsThe VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. has demonstrated that lignocellulosic biomass can be successfully converted into pure BTX chemicals, including benzene, toluene and xylene. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

UN SE4ALL announces global bioenergy initiative

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUN FAO, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM, Novozymes and the UN Foundation partner to scale up the sustainable bioenergy solutions to meet the global need for sustainable energy. READ MORE

May 19, 2015

Opinion: Managing What You Measure

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlgae Biomass Organization Executive Director Matt Carr discusses the importance of establishing common language in the algae sector. READ MORE

May 18, 2015

Manchin bill aims to add carbon utilization to DOE R&D priorities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., recently introduced legislation that aims to prioritize research and development of carbon utilization technologies under the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy program. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Dyadic Q1 results show revenue growth, improved gross profits

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. recently released its financial results for quarter one of 2015, reporting an established market position with its licensee Abengoa and more recent collaborator Compagnie Industrielle de Matiere Vegetale for its products. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Biomass advisory committee to meet in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has published a notice announcing an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on May 20-22 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Show Us Your Stuff

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlthough it’s not even June, we’re soon to begin work on the August issue of Biomass Magazine, which is our Equipment Issue. READ MORE

May 14, 2015

Metabolix Q1 results highlight portfolio of commercial activity

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ChemicalsOn May 13, Metabolix Inc. released its first quarter financial results for the year, reporting a portfolio of opportunities the company is developing and commercializing for its PHA performance additives, pure PHA resins and PHA/PLA blends. READ MORE

May 12, 2015

Gevo Q1 results highlight isobutanol batches, jet fuel agreement

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 12, Gevo Inc. released financial results for the first quarter, with an update on recent corporate highlights, including successful isobutanol batches run at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant and the recent jet fuel agreement with Alaska Airlines. READ MORE

May 08, 2015

BioAmber progresses with construction, commissioning of Sarnia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting construction and commissioning of its biorefinery in Sarnia, Ontario, is progressing on time and on budget. The facility is expected to being operations during the third quarter. READ MORE

May 07, 2015

Solazyme's Q1 results focus on progress at Brazil algal oil plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 6, Solazyme Inc. released its financial results for the first quarter of 2015, reporting updates on the year's commercial activity and algal oil manufacturing facilities, with the company’s focus being on its Brazil Bunge Oils Moema facility. READ MORE