Biobased Chemical

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

May 07, 2015

Report explains how bioenergy supports sustainability goals

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAccording to an international report on bioenergy and land use, informed management of bioenergy crops can alleviate factors contributing to food insecurity, as well as provide practical avenues to achieve a wide variety of benefits. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

Amyris releases financial results, achieves positive cash flow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter, reporting that the company delivered on its goal of achieving positive cash flow. The company also highlighted the performance of its Brotas plant and discussed new product lines. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

Renmatix acquires former Mascoma production unit

BY Renmatix Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenmatix has acquired existing assets of the former Mascoma Corp.'s 56,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Rome, New York. The new feedstock processing facility utilizes proprietary Plantrose process conditions to convert biomass to sugars. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

Algae.Tec ships photobioreactor to India

BY Algae.Tec Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlgae.Tec has announced the on-time dispatch of the first algae photobioreactor to Jamnagar province in India. The milestone is part of the contract with Reliance Industries that features an agreement for the development of a pilot plant. READ MORE

May 04, 2015

Velocys reports a successful 2014

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has released financial results for 2014, reporting that last year was one of the most successful in the company's history. Velocys' first commercial plant is under construction in Oklahoma and scheduled to begin operations in 2016. READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Supercomputer identifies materials to improve fuel production

BY Argonne Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUsing supercomputing resources at Argonne, a research team from the University of Minnesota and Rice University has demonstrated a predictive modeling capability that can help accelerate the discovery of new materials to improve biofuel production. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

Cargill acquires OPX Biotechnologies' fermentation technology

BY Cargill Found In:ChemicalsCargill has acquired Colorado-based OPX Biotechnologies' proprietary fermentation-based processes and systems. These technologies are used to produce biobased chemicals from sugars for use in non-food applications. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

Schott oval glass tubes boost algae output

BY Schott North America Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSchott North America announced that its new oval glass tubes for photobioreactors increased maximum dry biomass output per day by more than 22 percent in its latest study in partnership with Heliae, a technology-driven algae production company. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

Intrexon, FuturaGene collaborate on eucalyptus, poplar

BY FuturaGene Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIntrexon Corp. and FuturaGene Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A., recently announced they have entered into an exclusive collaboration to increase biomass in eucalyptus and poplar trees. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

Aloterra announces foodservice ware line made from miscanthus

BY Aloterra Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSustainable agribusiness leader, Aloterra, and compostable foodservice ware innovator, World Centric, are jointly developing and marketing a new line of certified compostable foodservice ware made from Miscanthus plant fiber. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

USDA: New private funds to make investments in rural America

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of two new private funds, known as rural business investment companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and create jobs. READ MORE

April 27, 2015

BioAmber to supply bio-succinic acid to Bayer MaterialScience

BY BioAmber Inc. Found In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. has been chosen by Bayer MaterialScience as the supplier of bio-succinic acid used to produce a new range of innovative, biobased polyurethanes for textile applications that Bayer MaterialScience has begun commercializing. READ MORE

April 24, 2015

Battelle team passes important DOE pyrolysis milestone

BY Battelle Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBattelle recently succeeded at the U.S. Department of Energy challenge of making commercially viable transportation fuels from biomass pyrolysis. Scientists and engineers at Battelle demonstrated the durability of a continuous hydrotreatment process. READ MORE

April 24, 2015

Engineered softwood could transform pulp, biofuel industries

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The findings could improve the economics of the pulp, paper and biofuels industries. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

Oregon bill creates exemptions for some biomass carbon emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Oregon Senate has passed legislation that declares biomass as carbon neutral under some circumstances. It conditionally exempts carbon dioxide emissions from the combustion or decomposition of biomass from regulation under certain pollution laws. READ MORE