Biobased Chemical

July 26, 2016

USDA announces application periods for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is accepting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, which provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to develop, construct and retrofit commercial-scale biorefineries. READ MORE

July 26, 2016

Rivertop Renewables’ sodium glucarate designated a ‘Safer Choice’

BY Rivertop Renewables Found In:ChemicalsRivertop Renewables, a Montana-based novel chemicals company, announced that sodium glucarate produced by the company’s breakthrough oxidation technology has been listed on the U.S. EPA’s Safer Chemicals Ingredients List. READ MORE

July 22, 2016

DOE funds study on biorefinery waste use, renewable bioproducts

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. Much of the study will focus on ways to make plastic materials from lignin. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Billion-Ton Update authors discuss report findings

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 19, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute held a briefing to discuss the U.S. Department of Energy's 2016 Billion-Ton Update, its methodology and data collection strategies, findings and goals. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Bill aims to create tax credits for carbon utilization, storage

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., recently introduced the Carbon Capture and Utilization Act of 2016, which aims to spur investment in next-generation carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Opinion: Ancient Biology for Modern Decarbonization

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA wave of innovation in algae and related technologies is bringing profoundly carbon-negative capture and use technologies to the verge of commercial deployment. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

Ford, Jose Cuervo team up to develop agave-based bioplastics

BY Ford Motor Co. Found In:ChemicalsFord Motor Co. is teaming up with Jose Cuervo to explore the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to employ in Ford vehicles. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

ARG invests in Amyris and Cosan joint venture Novvi

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:ChemicalsAmerican Refining Group Inc. has committed to a 33.3 percent equity investment in Novvi LLC, a joint venture of Amyris, Inc. and Cosan S.A. Both Amyris and Cosan will continue to hold share ownership stakes in Novvi, together with ARG. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

EPA publishes updated standards, guidelines for MSW landfills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 14, the U.S. EPA issued final new source performance standards for new, modified and reconstructed municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The agency has also issued revised guidelines for reducing emissions from existing MSW landfills. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

Canadian, Quebec governments invest $76.5M in bio-oil facility

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe governments of Canada and Quebec announced in July they will provide a combined $76.5 million in funding to AE Cote-Nord Bioenergy Canada Inc. for the production of renewable fuel oil from forest residues at its Port-Cartier facility. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

UK government eliminates Department of Energy and Climate Change

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNewly appointed U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has abolished the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of a larger ministerial overhaul. The functions of the DECC will be transferred to other government departments. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

ABO: DOT’s 2016 Billion-Ton Report shows potential of algae

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization hailed the findings in the Department of Energy’s 2016 Billion-Ton Report that show the United States possess ample resources to produce large quantities of biomass from algae. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Researchers: Generically improving sorghum could benefit biofuels

BY Genetics Society of America Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew research conducted by a group of U.S. universities examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an eye toward sustainability, could help maximize the usefulness of sorghum as a bioenergy crop. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

DOE releases update of billion-ton report on biomass

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWithin 25 years, the U.S. could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for a variety of uses and benefits. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Velocys reports progress with Envia Energy GTL project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.K.-based Velocys plc recently issued a business update confirming construction of the Envia Energy gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is progressing well. A project in Ohio, however, has been put on hold. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

More On Brexit

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith the United Kingdom’s recent vote to exit the European Union, it has left many in the renewables sector—over here in the U.S., largely global pellet market stakeholders—what might happen to the country’s biomass sector. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

DuPont Industrial Biosciences launches enzyme product for biogas

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDuPont Industrial Biosciences announces the launch of OPTIMASH AD-100, a new enzyme product that will help biomethane producers improve biogas yields and process robustness, which is expected to ultimately increase their revenue and profitability. READ MORE

June 29, 2016

Ginkgo Bioworks, Amyris partner to advance biobased products

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGinkgo Bioworks and Amyris Inc. have announced a new partnership that will enable the companies to jointly develop products more efficiently and cost effectively, accelerating time to market. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

DOE announces SBIR, TCF grant recipients

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $16 million for 54 projects to help commercialize promising technologies and $23 million for small businesses focused on clean energy innovations. Biomass projects were among those to receive funding. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Study shows trees with altered lignin are better for biofuels

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators have altered the lignin in aspen trees in a way that increases access to biofuel building blocks without inhibiting plant growth. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

ASABE announces standard for sustainable agriculture production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has announced the completion of ANSI/ASABE S629, a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agriculture production. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

PNNL, Australian university form research pact

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Queensland University of Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance their bioenergy research, promote education, and develop industry around and viable bioenergy solutions. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference wraps in Milwaukee

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe 2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week, hosting a number of panels surrounding the advanced biofuels and biobased chemical industries. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

BIC and Vanguard Initiative sign bioeconomy MOU

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo leading European bioeconomy players, the Bio-based Industries Consortium and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

Opinion: US EPA Back on Track

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe recent renewable volume obligation rule proposed by the U.S. EPA is a good step forward for advanced biofuels. READ MORE

June 20, 2016

Greenyug to colocate biobased chemical plant at ADM facility

BY Greenyug LLC Found In:ChemicalsGreenyug LLC recently announced that it will build an industrial-scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska. READ MORE

June 20, 2016

Research examines obstacles to making biofuel from perennials

BY University of Arkansas Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of creating a source of renewable energy. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

DOE seeks input in support of developing a billion-ton bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the ability to eventually supply up to a billion dry tons of biomass feedstock annually for a variety of end uses. READ MORE