Biobased Chemical

February 09, 2016

Researchers ‘explode’ sugar beet cells for faster fermentation

BY Wageningen University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European ERA-NET innovation project ChemBeet is developing a technology that explodes cell walls to create faster and cheaper fermentation. The process uses Betaprocess technology in which vacuum extrusion is used to explode cell walls. READ MORE

February 08, 2016

Ensyn receives key regulatory approvals from CARB

BY Ensyn Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnsyn Corp. has been granted key regulatory approvals by California’s Air Resources Board related to the application of its Renewable Fuel Oil as a renewable feedstock for refineries in California for the production of renewable gasoline and diesel. READ MORE

February 08, 2016

Algae raceway paves path from lab to real-world applications

BY DOE/Sandia National Laboratories Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn a twist of geometry, an oval can make a line. The new algae raceway testing facility at Sandia National Laboratories may be oval in shape, but it paves a direct path between laboratory research and solving the demand for clean energy. READ MORE

February 04, 2016

AVA Biochem adds biobased FDCA to its product portfolio

BY AVA Biochem Found In:ChemicalsAVA Biochem is expanding its product portfolio to include platform chemical FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid). Furan derivatives produced from renewable carbohydrates are some of the most important next-generation platform chemicals. READ MORE

February 03, 2016

UK Green Investment Bank to establish a special share

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. government recently announced that the U.K. Green Investment Bank will create a “special share” in the company as part of the process to introduce private capital to the organization. READ MORE

February 03, 2016

Study: Increased switchgrass acreage could improve water quality

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsArgonne National Laboratory has released a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the potential effects of future biofuel production on freshwater resources in the Missouri River Basin. READ MORE

February 02, 2016

Biofuels industry speaks out following results of Iowa caucus

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 1, the Iowa caucus officially kicked off the primary election season. Twelve of the 14 candidates who participated in the Iowa caucus are supportive of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

February 02, 2016

Gevo signs licensing, joint development agreements with Porta

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a license agreement and a joint development agreement with Porta Hnos S.A. to construct multiple isobutanol plants in Argentina using corn as a feedstock. READ MORE

February 01, 2016

Virent announces strategic collaboration with Tesoro

BY Virent Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVirent has entered into a new strategic relationship with Tesoro to accelerate the development and commercialization of Virent’s BioForming technology to produce cost effective, low-carbon, drop-in, biobased fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Researchers discover cheaper way to make algae biofuels

BY University of Melbourne Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChemical and Biomolecular Engineers from the Melbourne School of Engineering have discovered a new way to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae, which in turn, can be harvested to make renewable fuels such as biodiesel. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Tradition celebrates the launch of new environmental markets hub

BY Tradition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTradition, an interdealer broker in commodity and financial products, has announced the launch of Tradition Green, a business hub thst brings together all environmental products brokered by Tradition under one brand. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

FSA seeks comments on revision of information collection for NAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA’s Farm Service Agency has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on a revision of a currently approved information collection in support of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). READ MORE

January 28, 2016

Tecnalia develops legume protein-based films and coatings

BY Tecnalia Found In:ChemicalsOver the past two years, the European Leguval project has been working to valorize byproducts of the legume processing industry so that they can be used to prepare plastic materials for agriculture, packaging and automotive applications. READ MORE

January 26, 2016

New research addresses biomass supply variation risk

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew research shows variations in the biomass supply chain could reduce potential for cellulosic biofuel production, but that feedstock diversification and portfolio strategies can effectively mitigate risk. READ MORE

January 25, 2016

USDA report details Rural Development investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released a report detailing the impacts investments made by its Rural Development team have had on rural America. Bioenergy investments are among those highlighted in the document. READ MORE

January 22, 2016

Report: Iowa well positioned for biobased chemical development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA white paper published by Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor and the Iowa Biotechnology Association shows that Iowa is better positioned that many domestic competitors to capitalize on the next frontier of bioprocessing in the U.S. READ MORE

January 21, 2016

Partner collaborations advanced Elevance technology

BY Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. Found In:ChemicalsIn collaboration with several partners, Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has successfully completed scale-up of a second-generation biorefinery technology of the company’s olefin metathesis technology, utilizing ethylene and natural oil feedstocks. READ MORE

January 21, 2016

BioAmber announces 4 certifications for Sarnia facility

BY BioAmber Inc. Found In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. recently announced that its Sarnia, Ontario, production plant, jointly owned with Mitsui & Co., has received ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and FSSC 22000 certifications. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

Anellotech selects operating partner for testing facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsOn Jan. 20, Anellotech announced the selection of South Hampton Resources as the operating partner and site host for its fully integrated development and testing facility (TCAT-8), which will be located in Silsbee, Texas. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

JBEI researchers develop one-pot process for cellulosic ethanol

BY Lynn Yarris, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJoint BioEnergy Institute researchers have developed a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water use and waste disposal. READ MORE

January 19, 2016

DuPont, ADM announce platform technology for FDME

BY DuPont Found In:ChemicalsDuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland Co. have announced a new breakthrough process for producing furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) from fructose. FDME is a high-purity derivative of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). READ MORE

January 19, 2016

Study seeks nature's best biocatalysts for biofuel production

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center are looking beyond the usual suspects in the search for microbes that can efficiently break down inedible plant matter for conversion to biofuels. READ MORE

January 18, 2016

Amyris launches Pathways Program

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. recently announced the availability of its Pathways Program, a program that provides partners a low-cost, low-risk opportunity to access Amyris’s industry-leading synthetic biology technology. READ MORE

January 18, 2016

USDA ARS scientists advance pyrolysis process

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe idea of replacing fossil-based fuel with a renewable source of sustainable energy is enough to get any environmentalist excited. USDA scientists have advanced a process to produce a crude liquid called “bio-oil” from agricultural waste. READ MORE

January 15, 2016

Study: Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissions

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSecond-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. READ MORE

January 14, 2016

Study: Bacteria attack lignin with enzymatic tag team

BY Jade Boyd, Rice University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from Rice University, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have discovered how two bacterial enzymes work as a team to break apart lignin. READ MORE

January 13, 2016

Anellotech, Suntory continue efforts to develop biobased bottles

BY Anellotech Found In:ChemicalsAnellotech recently announced that the ithas entered into the next phase of its strategic partnership with Suntory Holdings Ltd. The partnership is focused on developing cost-competitive biobased plastic beverage bottles. READ MORE

January 12, 2016

Agenda for technical sessions announced for 2016 IBCE

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 9th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

January 11, 2016

Global Bioenergies, Lanzatech strengthen cooperation

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGlobal Bioenergies and LanzaTech announce the signature of a new collaboration agreement to broaden the feedstock flexibility of Global Bioenergies’ Isobutene process and the product-portfolio of LanzaTech's carbon capture technology. READ MORE

January 07, 2016

BioAmber, Reverdia sign a non-assert agreement

BY Reverdia Found In:ChemicalsReverdia has signed a non-assert agreement concerning its Biosuccinium technology with BioAmber Inc. Both companies are involved in the production and commercialization of biobased succinic acid using their own proprietary yeast-based technologies. READ MORE