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January 21, 2015

Gevo announces cost-saving initiatives, new technology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has announced several cost-saving initiatives aimed at improving its overall cash flow. The actions are expected to decrease the company's average monthly corporate-wide EBITDA burn rate by 40 percent this year. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Edeniq secures $16 million for cellulosic sugar production

BY Edeniq Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEdeniq announced it has raised $16 million in equity. The investment was led by I2BF Global Ventures. Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Angeleno Group, Flint Hills Resources Renewables, Westly Group, Cyrus Capital, and Nimes Capital also participated. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Algenol launches algae fuels demonstration project in India

BY Algenol Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlgenol and Reliance Industries Ltd. have successfully deployed India's first Algenol algae production platform. The demonstration module is located near the Reliance Jamnagar Refinery. Construction on the project was complete in November. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Novozymes: Bioenergy drives 2014 growth

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNovozymes has released 2014 financial results, reporting that sales growth was in line with expectations. During an investor call, Peder Holk Nielsen, president and CEO of Novozymes, said bioenergy was the strongest growth driver last year. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Agenda announced for 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 20-22 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Amyris to enter the industrial cleaning products market

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has announced it plans to launch its first industrial cleaning products containing Amyris's Myralene renewable solvents through U.S. AutoForce and U.S. Lubricants, divisions of U.S. Venture Inc. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

Ceres discusses progress with sorghum hybrids in quarterly report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, reporting progress with its breeding and genetic technologies. During an investor call, the company detailed planting of its sorghum hybrids in Brazil. READ MORE

January 16, 2015

CPI project converts food waste into graphene, renewable hydrogen

BY Centre for Process Innovation Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsThe Centre for Process Innovation is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value, namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. READ MORE

January 15, 2015

ABO: Senators' letter supports carbon utilization technology

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization applauded U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., for their recent letter to the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. EPA in support of carbon capture and utilization technologies. READ MORE

January 15, 2015

University of Manchester wins grant for biotechnology

BY University of Manchester Found In:ChemicalsScientists at The University of Manchester have been awarded funding to develop new sustainable ways of manufacturing the chemicals used in thousands of our everyday products. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Sorghum Partners announces winners of 2014 producers competition

BY Sorghum Partners Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSorghum Partners, a Chromatin Inc. brand, is pleased to announce that three sorghum growers who planted Sorghum Partners brand products have won at the county, state, and national level in the 2014 National Sorghum Producers competition. READ MORE

January 08, 2015

Bacteria 'factories' churn out valuable chemicals

BY Kat J. McAlpine, Harvard Gazette Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have modified the genes of bacteria in a way that lets them program exactly what chemical they want the cells to produce, and how much, through the bacteria's metabolic processes. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

Plant genetic advance could improve biofuel processing

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPlant geneticists from universities in Massachusetts and California have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

USDA solicits REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. A final rule for REAP was published in late 2014. READ MORE

January 05, 2015

Soil sensor technology uses biocomposites

BY North Dakota State University Found In:ChemicalsA technology developed at North Dakota State University creates precise in-the-ground measurement and monitoring of soil and crop conditions, which could provide opportunities for greater yields. The technology also has led to a new start-up company. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

USDA publishes final rule for REAP program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 29, the USDA published a final rule in the Federal Register for the Rural Energy for America Program. The program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

Grant funds research into nanomaterials effect on feedstock yield

BY University of Arkansas at Little Rock Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has approved grant funding for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops. READ MORE

December 31, 2014

BioNitrogen signs agreement with Saipem for EPC services

BY BioNitrogen Holding Corp. Found In:ChemicalsBioNitrogen Holdings Corp. recently announced that it has signed an engineering, procurement, project management and construction services agreement with Italy-based Saipem for its biomass-to-urea manufacturing facilities. READ MORE

December 28, 2014

Opinion: Hope vs Change

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAdvanced Biofuels Association president Michael McAdams assesses the results of the mid term elections, what it means for the advanced biofuels industry and offers his thoughts on the coming legislative year. READ MORE

December 28, 2014

Opinion: It's in the Way that You Use It

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz previews the January issue of Biomass Magazine and the vital nature of its operations and maintenance theme for bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 26, 2014

EPA seeks nominations for new Agricultural Science Committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNominations are due Jan. 30 for the U.S. EPA's new Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which was established by the 2014 Farm Bill to advise EPA on matters impacting farming and agriculture-related industries. READ MORE

December 23, 2014

In Depth: Planning for Rail Bottlenecks

BY Carla Harper Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRail operators promise fewer delays, more transparency, and big capacity investment for the nation’s rail network in 2015. A few seasoned CEOs offer insight on coping with and planning for delays in winter. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Obama signs short-term tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 19, President Obama signed a bill that retroactively extends several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014, including several incentives that benefit biofuel and bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator celebrates opening

BY County of Ottawa, Michigan Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAt a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick-off of the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, a nonprofit helping farmers and entrepreneurs turn their ideas and inventions into successful businesses. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

Purdue researchers develop process to convert lignin to chemicals

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

N.Y. awards funding to bioenergy projects through REDC initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Several bioenergy projects were granted funding. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Solegear, TEQ sign agreement to increase use of bioplastic

BY Solegear Bioplastics Found In:ChemicalsSolegear Bioplastics and Thermoform Engineered Quality have signed a strategic agreement to accelerate the growth and expansion of Solegear's bioplastics into identified growth sectors of the rigid plastic packaging marketplace. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

ETH Zurich researchers manufacture PLA from glycerol

BY ETH Zurich Found In:ChemicalsPolylactic acid is a degradable plastic used mostly for packaging. To meet the rising demand, ETH Zurich researchers have developed an eco-friendly process to make large amounts of lactic acid from glycerol, a biodiesel byproduct. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

USDA provides greater protection for specialty crop growers

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance, including energy crops. READ MORE