Biobased Chemical

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

January 06, 2016

Bill aims for long-term extension of renewable energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn mid-December, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is seeking the democratic presidential nomination, introduced legislation that aims to enact long-term extensions of several clean energy tax credits that benefit the bioenergy and biofuel sectors. READ MORE

January 05, 2016

BIO changes name to Biotechnology Innovation Organization

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo better reflect the remarkable progress and groundbreaking innovations its members achieve in healing, fueling and feeding the world, BIO is changing its name to Biotechnology Innovation Organization. READ MORE

January 04, 2016

IU scientists create 'nano-reactor' to produce hydrogen biofuel

BY Indiana University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen, one half of the "holy grail" of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water. READ MORE

January 04, 2016

Study suggests perennial crop yields can compete with corn stover

BY Mark E. Griffin, Wisconsin Energy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems can yield as much biomass as corn stover. READ MORE

December 31, 2015

Purdue engineer receives top award from Obama

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNancy Ho, founder and president of Green Tech America Inc. and a research professor emerita in Purdue University's School of Chemical Engineering, will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama. READ MORE

December 30, 2015

Project aims to lower cellulase cost through enzyme recycling

BY Autodisplay Biotech GmbH Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn November, an international consortium led by Autodisplay Biotech GmbH started Pathway EFB, a collaborative research and development project to lower cellulase cost in the production of biofuels and biobased chemicals. READ MORE

December 28, 2015

USDA highlights 2015 bioeconomy achievements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released a list of its 2015 top achievements. The list includes several achievements that have benefited the biofuel and bioenergy sectors, including funding for ethanol fuel pumps and progress with the BioPreferred Program. READ MORE

December 24, 2015

USDA to request extension of residue, biomass field study

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has published a notice announcing its intention to request a revision and extension of a currently approved information collection for a residue and biomass field survey. READ MORE

December 24, 2015

IFPEN, Axens to expand involvement with Anellotech

BY Anellotech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAnellotech, IFP Energies nouvelles and Axens have completed construction on a development and testing plant for the Bio-TCAT process, a thermal catalytic process to produce biobased aromatics. Anellotech will now commence onsite installation. READ MORE

December 23, 2015

DOE awards $13.5 million to enhance sorghum for biofuel

BY Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced that it will be part of a major collaborative research project to improve sorghum's productivity under resource-limited conditions. The research is funded by the the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

December 21, 2015

Obama signs spending bill, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 18, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders into law. The legislation includes two-year extensions of several tax credits that benefit the bioenergy sector. READ MORE

December 21, 2015

Reverdia, Omnia sign agreement on Biosuccinium

BY Reverdia Found In:ChemicalsReverdia and Protea Chemicals, a division of Omnia, recently announced an agreement to distribute Biosuccinium in Africa and Australia, as well as for potential investment in and off-take from future Biosuccinium plants. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

Congress passes spending bill, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMembers of Congress have passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders that includes two-year extensions of tax credits that benefit biofuels and bioenergy. President Obama is expected to sign the bill. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

DOE: Ethanol-to-hydrocarbon technology moves forward

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOak Ridge National Laboratory published an article in Scientific Reports on its new method to directly convert biomass-derived ethanol to a hydrocarbon blendstock and is continuing work with Vertimass LLC to commercialize it. READ MORE

December 17, 2015

New catalyst paves way for biobased plastics, chemicals

BY Tina Hilding, Washington State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts biobased ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, biobased plastics and products. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

Legislation aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFederal lawmakers have released the text of a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the U.S. government through October 2016. An accompanying legislative package of tax extenders aims to extend certain bioenergy tax incentives for two years. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

Chempolis, Avantha partner to offer cellulosic technology

BY Chempolis Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChempolis Ltd. has entered into partnership with Avantha Group's research wing Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development to offer technology to India to extract ethanol from various agricultural residues. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

Shell: IH2 technology demonstration plant to be built

BY Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd. Found In:ChemicalsShell India Markets Pvt Ltd. will proceed with the installation of a 5 metric ton per day IH2 technology demonstration plant on the site of its new technology center in Bangalore, India. SIMPL will build, operate and own the plant. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

HeidelbergCement, Joule announce partnership

BY Joule Unlimited Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJoule and HeidelbergCement have announced a partnership to explore application of Joule's technology to mitigate carbon emissions in cement manufacturing. The partnership could result colocation of Joule's technology at HeidelbergCement sites. READ MORE

December 15, 2015

Metabolic pathway in cyanobacteria could yield better biofuels

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds. READ MORE