Biobased Chemical

May 04, 2016

Velocys reports progress on Envia GTL project in Oklahoma

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.K.-based Velocys plc recently released 2015 financial results, reporting good progress on Envia Energy’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which will convert landfill gas into fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

May 03, 2016

BioAmber reports steady progress at Sarnia plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting steady process in ramping up its Sarnia, Ontario, biosuccinic acid plant. Sales reached $1.5 million during the quarter, up 297 percent when compared to the same quarter of 2015. READ MORE

May 02, 2016

Researchers developing biobased resins for use in railway systems

BY Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research Found In:ChemicalsWageningen UR Food & Biobased Research is working on the development of biobased resins for elastic rail fastening systems. The project aims to develop new resins from biomass which cure into an elastic rubber-like compound within a limited time. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Biomass Research and Development Board to hold webinar May 5

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 5, Biomass Research and Development Board operations committee is expected to hold a listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States.” The two-hour webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists

BY Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

DOE BETO hosts bioenergy event with 4-H youth leaders

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of 4-H youth delegates from across the country on April 12. The roundtable was part of the larger National 4-H Conference. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Opinion: What’s in a Name?

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhat is waste? Initially, the question seems rhetorical, but in practice, the answers have significant impacts on the industry. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

DOE to offer funding for biorefinery projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to issue a funding opportunity to support technology development plans for the manufacture of drop-in biofuels, bioproducts, or biopower in a pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

UPM Biofuels gains ISCC PLUS certification

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUPM Biofuels has extended sustainability certification to cover all of its output streams from the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Avantium raises €20 million in a financing round led by PMV

BY Avantium Found In:ChemicalsAvantium, an innovative chemical technology company and leader in renewable chemistry, recently announced that it has closed a financing round of 20 million euros ($22.59 million). The investments are made by PMV, FPIM, and existing shareholders. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Green Biologics announces distribution agreements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsGreen Biologics Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of U.K.-based Green Biologics Ltd., announced two distribution agreements in April. The company is currently retrofitting a corn ethanol plant in Little Falls, Minnesota, to produce n-butanol and acetone. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Comet signs supply agreement with BioAmber, announces investment

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsComet Biorefining Inc. has signed an offtake agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for high-purity dextrose from Comet's planned commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be produced from agricultural residues. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Opinion: Tenacity Required to Secure Advanced Biofuels Future

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAddressing climate continues to be one of the major reasons to support and develop advanced and cellulosic biofuels. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

S2G begins biobased glycol production at partner site

BY S2G BioChemicals Found In:ChemicalsS2G BioChemicals recently initiated production of fossil-free biobased glycols at the Memphis, Tennessee, site of the company's operating partner, Pennakem LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Minafin Group. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

Student startup converts waste lignin to mulch film for farm use

BY University of Tennessee Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have developed a process that makes lignin biodegradable and turns it into the large rolls of mulch film that farmers use to block weeds, retain moisture and soil temperature and improve crop yield. READ MORE

April 15, 2016

EPA approves Joule’s advanced biofuel pathway

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA recently approved a renewable fuel pathway filed by Joule Unlimited Technologies Inc., allowing the company to generate D5 advanced biofuels renewable identification numbers for its algae-based ethanol under the renewable fuel standard. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

ORNL hosts Southeast bioenergy meeting, study tour

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

April 13, 2016

‘Algal Turf Scrubbers’ help clean Baltimore Harbor, fuel cars

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnergy Department-funded researchers are investigating how to mimic algae's absorb nutrients and produce oxygen, while at the same time, sustainably produce biomass for conversion to renewable biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

ABO applauds introduction of carbon utilization amendment

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, applauded an amendment proposed April 12 by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., that would provide tax credit support for carbon capture and utilization technologies. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

Industry talks lows, highs, opportunities at biomass conference

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLow oil and power prices and a warm winter are the predominant reasons that it’s been a challenging year for every sector of the biomass industry. READ MORE

April 11, 2016

Cool Planet partners with J.R. Simplot to distribute Cool Terra

BY Cool Planet Found In:ChemicalsCool Planet has announced a new distribution agreement with the J.R. Simplot Co. Simplot will serve as a distributor for Cool Terra throughout the Western United States and portions of the Midwest. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

Iowa establishes PTC for renewable chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 7, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation establishing a production tax credit for renewable chemicals. Branstad signed the bill at Iowa State University. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and several stakeholders were on hand to witness the event. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

Scientists discover an enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons

BY Texas A&M University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying a common green microalga called Botryococcus braunii. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

Scientists use ‘reverse photosynthesis’ to break down biomass

BY University of Copenhagen Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. READ MORE

April 05, 2016

Prairie cordgrass offers potential for growth in poor soils

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMarginal land is an attractive option for biofuel feedstock production. The soil on this land is often salty, but University of Illinois researchers have found several varieties of perennial grasses that can withstand high salt concentrations. READ MORE

April 04, 2016

DOE BETO updates Multi-Year Program Plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has released the 2016 update of its Multi-Year Program Plan, which serves as an operational guide to help the BETO manage and coordinate its activities. READ MORE

April 01, 2016

Metabolix releases 2015 results, announces MOU

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsOn March 29, Metabolix Inc. released 2015 financial results and announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CJ CheilJedang Corp. for a strategic commercial manufacturing arrangement for specialty PHAs. READ MORE

April 01, 2016

Researchers breakdown biomass without chemical pretreatment

BY University of Manchester Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from the University of Manchester and East China University of Science and Technology have overcome the challenge of breaking down raw biomass without the need for chemical pretreatment, producing a record amount of hydrocarbon fuels. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

Gevo Q4 results highlight isobutanol upgrades, ASTM approval

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. released 2015 financial results, highlighting restarted production of isobutanol in Luverne, Minnesota, ASTM revision approval to support isobutanol based ATJ aviation biofuels and agreements to construct isobutanol plants in Argentina. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

Deinove releases financial results, reports reduced net loss

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove has reported a loss of EUR 6.34 million ($7.23 million) for 2015, compared to a loss of EUR 6.46 million the previous year. The company also noted it achieved key milestones in its Deinol and Deinochem programs last year. READ MORE