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September 30, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for algae biofuel development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has opened a $25 million funding opportunity for algae biofuels. The initiative aims to reduce the cost of algae biofuel to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent by 2019. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of cellulosic biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Maverick Synfuels introduces modular methane-to-methanol system

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, ChemicalsMaverick Synfuels recently announced the development of its Maverick Oasis system for methanol production. The company says the system provides producers with another way to monetize biogas reserves and natural gas. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

NexSteppe raises $22 million in series C financing

BY NexSteppe Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNexSteppe recently announced it has raised $22 million in its third round of funding. New investors Total Energy Ventures and ELFH Holding GmbH join existing investors Braemar Energy Ventures, CYM Ventures, DuPont Ventures and others. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have discovered variant straw plants whose cell walls are more easily broken down to make biofuels. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Schott, Algatechnologies agree to continue partnership

BY Algatechnologies Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSchott AG and Algatechnologies Ltd. have signed a research and development agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study at Algatech's algae production facility. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Opinion: Reflecting on the Future

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe case for biomass is really no longer a question of being “green” or being “sustainable,” rather it is a necessity to be able to meet the demands of a growing population. It's about building a great future. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Neste Oil adds biopropane production to Rotterdam biorefinery

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFinland-based Neste Oil has announced plans to add biopropane production capabilities to its biorefinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Construction of the project is expected to begin immediately, with biopropane sales commencing in 2016. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Proterro, Bunge plan pilot study of sucrose production process

BY Proterro Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsProterro and Bunge Global Innovation LLC have announced a pilot study of Proterro's sucrose-production technology in Brazil. Two of Proterro's photobioreactors have been installed at Bunge's Moema Fazenda sugarcane mill as part of the project. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

ESF faculty member contributes to biogenic carbon report

BY State College of New York Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRobert W. Malmsheimer, a professor at the State College of New York, was part of the Society of American Foresters team that provided policy makers with a summary of the existing science regarding forest bioenergy and "carbon debts." READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Vecoplan opens technology center in Germany

BY Vecoplan AG Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVecoplan AG recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 square-foot technology center in Germany. The facility is equipped with more than 25 machines for the processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

Bridgestone begins producing natural rubber in Mesa, Arizona

BY Bridgestone Americas Inc. Found In:ChemicalsBridgestone Americas Inc. is one step closer to its long-term environmental goal of developing a new, domestic and commercially-viable source for natural rubber with the opening of its Biorubber Process Research Center in Mesa, Arizona. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Chempolis, NRL partner to produce cellulosic ethanol, chemicals

BY Chempolis Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChempolis Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with India-based Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. that could result in the development of a cellulosic biorefinery that produces ethanol, furfural and acetic acid. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

3-D imaging techniques may improve understanding of feedstock

BY PLOS ONE Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsComparison of 3D TEM imaging techniques reveals never-seen-before details of plant cell walls, according to a study published Sept. 10 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by researchers from University of California, Berkeley. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

SGB announces breakthrough with hybrid jatropha, closes financing

BY SGB Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSGB Inc. has announced success in its program to create hybrid jatropha which has both high yield and rapid time to maturity. In conjunction with these results, the company has closed an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site

BY Viaspace Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsViaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. Two planting methods were compared at the University of California site in Holtville, California READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Genomatica: Biotechnology platform allows accelerated development

BY Genomatica Found In:ChemicalsGenomatica announced it has leveraged its proprietary, integrated biotechnology platform to create microorganisms that achieved a 'titer' of over 50 grams per liter for one of their programs in less than half the time required by an earlier program. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

Virent to scale up biobased paraxylene demonstration activities

BY Virent Found In:ChemicalsVirent has announced that The Coca-Cola Co. is making an additional investment in the development of its bio-based paraxylene, BioFormPX, that will enable Virent to scale up separation and purification of BioFormPX at its demonstration plant. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

Braskem joins Amyris, Michelin isoprene collaboration

BY Amyris Found In:ChemicalsAmyris, Braskem and Michelin have announced that Braskem is joining a collaboration already launched in 2011 between Michelin and Amyris. The collaboration was initiated to develop and commercialize renewable isoprene. READ MORE

September 08, 2014

SwRI adds custom-designed circulating fluidized bed system

BY Southwest Research Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSouthwest Research Institute has announced the addition of a custom-designed circulating fluidized bed to convert heavy crude oils or biological feedstock into valuable, refined fuel samples that clients can assess for quality and profitability. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

Amaron Energy to demonstrate pyrolysis process at Wash. DNR event

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ChemicalsThe Washington State Department of Natural Resources has announced it is sponsoring a demonstration of Amaron Energy's 20-ton-per-day pyrolysis unit in October. Approximately 1,000 gallons of oil will be produced during the event. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

Going to extremes for enzymes

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn the search for enzymes that can break lignocellulose down into biofuel sugars under the extreme conditions of a refinery, a University of California Berkeley researcher has prospected for extremophilic microbes and engineered his own cellulases. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

EIU to reap research opportunities through land use partnership

BY Eastern Illinois University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFor some students at Eastern Illinois University, the traditional, enclosed classroom will soon be replaced with acres of wind-blown native grasses. Local landowners have agreed to allow Eastern to use nearly 120 acres of their property for research. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Bioenergy research continues march toward energy independence

BY University of Tennessee Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn September, October and November the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems will take to the road to show off research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast. READ MORE

September 03, 2014

Stora Enso to build demonstration plant in Louisiana

BY Stora Enso Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFollowing its recent acquisition of the U.S.-based biotechnology company Virdia, Stora Enso is investing EUR 32 million ($43 million) in a demonstration and market development plant to be built at Raceland, Louisiana. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

DOE 'Knowledgebase' links biologists, computer scientists

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBrookhaven National Laboratory has announced the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy's Systems Biology Knowledgebase, a new computational platform to help the biological community analyze, store, and share data. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

Opinion: Hard to Handle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIf someone were to design an energy input with the sole aim of creating the most difficult material handling challenge imaginable, they would likely end up with something that looks very much like biomass. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

DOE seeks input on landscape design for feedstock production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is asking for input on landscape design approaches that sustainably integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems. Comments are due Sept. 2. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

Water leads to chemical that gunks up biofuels production

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have discovered that water in the process to convert biomass to bio-oil helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions. READ MORE