Biobased Chemical

December 01, 2014

Bioasphalt made with lignin under development in the Netherlands

BY Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research Found In:ChemicalsBioasphalt for roads in Zeeland, a Dutch province, is being developed by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the Asfalt Kennis Centrum (Asphalt Knowledge Centre, AKC) and the company H4A from Sluiskil (NL). READ MORE

November 28, 2014

NDSU: New plastic disappears when you want it to

BY North Dakota State University Found In:ChemicalsResearchers at North Dakota State University have made a discovery that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be reduced back to molecules exposed to a specific type of light. The molecules could then be used to produce new plastic. READ MORE

November 28, 2014

Navy scientists convert agricultural waste to silicon carbide

BY U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Found In:ChemicalsAround the globe, billions of pounds of agricultural waste are generated every year. Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are exploring ways to convert this waste into high-value silicon carbide. READ MORE

November 26, 2014

ISU researchers develop bioplastic adhesives

BY Iowa State University Found In:ChemicalsResearchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Report charts path to development of cellulosic nanomaterials

BY USDA Found In:ChemicalsThe U.S. Forest Service has released a report that details the pathway to commercializing affordable, renewable, and biodegradable cellulose nanomaterials from trees. The report is the result of a workshop held earlier this year. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Highland EnviroFuels to license Gevo technology for Florida plant

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. announced that Highlands EnviroFuels LLC has signed a letter of intent to become a Gevo licensee to produce renewable isobutanol. Highlands plans to build a facility in Florida that wold produce up to 25 MMgy of the biobased fuel. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Opinion: Partners in Profit

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn the midst of producing the final issue of Biomass Magazine in 2014, dedicated to biomass integrations, conversions and colocations, the International Panel on Climate Change released a report urging a phase-out of fossil fuel energy this century. READ MORE

November 21, 2014

U.S. EPA delays 2014 RVO determination until next year

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 21, the U.S. EPA announced it would not be finalizing the 2014 renewable volume obligation requirements (RVO) by the end of the year. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

Carbon fee bill would benefit algae industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate includes a provision that would encourage carbon utilization technology. The Algae Biomass Organization has spoken out to applaud the bill, titled "The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act." READ MORE

November 20, 2014

House passes bill that would impact EPA rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to prohibit the U.S. EPA from proposing regulations based on science that is not transparent or not reproducible by a vote of 237 to 190. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

RSB partners with Elements Traceability Software

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials and Elements Software Ltd. are working together to help RSB members track their biofuel feedstocks. Elements is a web based traceability platform that will help with Renewable Energy Directive compliance. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

Biomass industry triumphs in EPA's biogenic emissions framework

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has never before made such a clear and emphatic endorsement of biomass, commented Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves on release of the agency's updated biogenic emissions framework. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

EPA releases updated biogenic emissions framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has released a revised framework for assessing biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources, along with a memo that provides regulatory guidance on how the framework will impact the Clean Power Plan and certain permitting requirements. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

USDA ARS: Boosting butanol's role in the biofuel world

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe potential for producing butanol as a biofuel has become a bit more promising, thanks to USDA scientists and their partners. The research suggests that barley straw and corn stover could be cost-effective feedstocks for producing biobutanol. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Dyadic reports increase in product-related revenue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International has released third quarter financial results, reporting increases in net product revenue and gross profit. "The past quarter continues to be an extremely exciting time at Dyadic," said Dyadic CEO Mark Emalfarb. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Abengoa releases Q3 results, highlights Hugoton plant startup

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAbengoa recently released third quarter financial results, reporting positive performance for the company's biofuels business. For the first nine months of the year, the company reported overall revenues in line with those achieved in 2013. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

API announces partnership to develop biobased auto components

BY American Process Inc. Found In:ChemicalsAmerican Process Inc. and Futuris Automotive recently formed a partnership with several universities and the USDA's Forest Products Laboratory to develop ultra-strong, lightweight automotive structural components reinforced with nanocellulose. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Opinion: Biomass Producers Today, Carbon Kings Tomorrow

BY Matt Carr Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 1, the U.S. EPA will close down the comment period for its proposed Clean Power Plan, the most significant environmental policy proposal in a generation. READ MORE

November 17, 2014

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, Okamura announce collaboration

BY DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Found In:ChemicalsOkamura, in collaboration with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, has launched its first office furniture coated with a biobased powder coating made with Susterra l,3-propanediol, a biobased ingredient used in a high-performance powder coating. READ MORE

November 17, 2014

Algix holds grand opening for Solaplast facility in Mississippi

BY Mississippi Development Authority Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOfficials from bioplastics manufacturer Algix LLC recently held a grand opening event at its Solaplast facility in Marion, Mississippi. The facility utilizes the company's patent-pending technology to convert algae into bioplastic pellets. READ MORE

November 14, 2014

Biome provides Q3 update on bioplastics development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsU.K.-based bioplastics company Biome Technologies plc has released financial results for the first nine months of the year, reporting an 85 percent increase in revenues compared to the same period of 2013. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

Gevo reports progress at ethanol, isobutanol plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExciting progress is being made at Gevo Inc.'s Luverne, Minnesota, renewable fuel plant, and also within the company's recent commercial activities, Gevo CEO Pat Gruber reported during the company's third quarter conference call. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

New versatile process efficiently converts biomass to liquid fuel

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPurdue University researchers have demonstrated a new process to convert all biomass into liquid fuel, and the method could make possible mobile processing plants. The new method is called fast-hydropyrolysis-hydrodeoxygenation. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

Digestion strategy in shipworms holds potential for biofuels

BY Northeastern University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn international research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs at Northeastern University, has discovered a novel digestive strategy in shipworms that could benefit biofuel development. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

Xylome, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation reach deal on yeast

BY Xylome Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsXylome Corp. has signed licensing and equity agreements with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to develop and market unconventional yeasts with the power to transform tough biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

BioAmber's Sarnia facility nears mechanical completion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. recently released financial results for the third quarter, reporting development of the company's biorefinery in Sarnia, Ontario, is progressing on time and on budget. The facility is expected to be mechanically complete in early 2015. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

Enerkem, AkzoNobel partner to explore development in Europe

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. recently announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

REG discusses renewable diesel, chemicals during Q3 call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenewable Energy Group Inc. recently released financial results for the third quarter, reporting revenues of $384.3 million. In addition to producing biodiesel, the company has expanded its operations into renewable diesel and biobased chemicals. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

ABO expands carbon utilization campaign

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization has unveiled a new website as part of its campaign to persuade the U.S. EPA to recognize carbon capture and utilization technologies as approved emissions reduction strategies under its new power plant regulations. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

Perstorp steps up investment in bioplastics market

BY Perstorp Found In:ChemicalsPerstorp is stepping up its investment into the fast growing bioplastics market. World demand is expected to continue to grow at over 20 percent per year for the foreseeable future, said the company. The investments include a pilot plant in the U.K. READ MORE