Biobased Chemical

December 27, 2013

Green Dot develops synthetic leather made of its bioplastic

BY Green Dot Holdings LLC Found In:ChemicalsGreen Dot has developed a compostable synthetic leather made with the company's Terratek Flex bioplastic. The material can be returned to nature if placed in a composting environment when its useful life is over. READ MORE

December 26, 2013

10-year trials show 10-ton yields for miscanthus in Illinois

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIllinois researchers reported results from a decade of field trials with miscanthus. The average annual yield of miscanthus grown in seven Illinois locations over a period of eight to 10 years was 10.5 tons per acre. READ MORE

December 26, 2013

Study provides comparison of biomass crop growth in the Midwest

BY Chris HansonFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDennis Pennington, bioenergy educator at Michigan State University Extension, recently reviewed a study on regional biomass feedstocks conducted by researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois. READ MORE

December 24, 2013

Gevo achieves Army testing, UL approval milestones

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Army has successfully flown a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on a 50/50 blend of Gevo Inc.'s ATJ-8 renewable isobutanol, the company reported. Gevo also conformed Underwriters Laboratories approvals regarding an isobutanol blend. READ MORE

December 23, 2013

Bioplastic market expected to increase significantly through 2017

BY European Bioplastics Found In:ChemicalsThe bioplastics market is predicted to grow from around 1.4 million metric tons of annual production capacity in 2012 to approximately 6.2 million metric tons in 2017, with the largest gain expected in non-biodegradable bioplastics. READ MORE

December 23, 2013

Agenda set for 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International announced this week the agenda for the technical sessions of the 7th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place March 24-26 in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE

December 20, 2013

Renmatix announces collaborations with BASF, Virent

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenmatix Inc. and Germany-based BASF announced Dec. 18 that they will jointly scale up the Renmatix Plantrose process. The announcement followed another two weeks earlier about an agreement with Virent Inc. READ MORE

December 19, 2013

Metso announces future Valmet will sharpen its focus on bioenergy

BY Metso Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMetso announces Valmet's offerings will include boiler islands, small power plants based on bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) and BioGrate combustion technologies, and large heating plants based on BFB and pellet technologies. READ MORE

December 18, 2013

Sen. Baucus releases proposal to overhaul energy tax incentives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSenate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has released a discussion draft of legislation that aims to overhaul U.S. energy tax incentives by creating technology-neutral incentives for clean electricity and clean transportation fuels. READ MORE

December 17, 2013

Sen. Cochran hopeful Farm Bill agreement can be reached soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCongress has adjourned for the year, leaving the Farm Bill unfinished. Lawmakers are expected to take up the legislation in January, and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said progress is being made. READ MORE

December 16, 2013

Bills to extend tax credits benefiting biofuels introduced

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 12, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., introduced two bills that would benefit the biofuels industry. One aims to extend the second generation biofuel producer credit and the special allowance for second generation biofuel plant property. READ MORE

December 13, 2013

EU project focuses on HTC processing of wet biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, ChemicalsA new European project, named "New technological applications for wet biomass waste stream products," or NEWAPP, focuses on the application of hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) processes to convert wet biomass into coal-like products. READ MORE

December 13, 2013

Proterro issued patent for sugar-making process

BY Proterro Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 8,597,914 to Proterro Inc., protecting its unique, biosynthetic sugar-making process. The company's technology features microorganisms that produce sugar in modular photobioreactors. READ MORE

December 09, 2013

Evonik, LanzaTech partner on bioprocessed precursors for plastics

BY Evonik Industries Found In:ChemicalsEvonik Industries and LanzaTech have signed a three year research cooperation agreement which will see Evonik combining its existing biotechnology platforms with LanzaTech's synthetic biology and gas fermentation expertise. READ MORE

December 05, 2013

Biomaterial concept car to make debut at motor show

BY Chris HansonFound In:ChemicalsA concept car made of biobased materials is scheduled to make an appearance at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show in March 2014. READ MORE

November 29, 2013

Report highlights benefits of a comprehensive Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new government report highlights the economic importance of passing a comprehensive Farm Bill. It discusses many benefits of a strong Farm Bill, including those related to the bioeconomy and clean energy. READ MORE

November 29, 2013

Green Dot introduces new bioplastic product

BY Green Dot Holdings LLC Found In:ChemicalsGreen Dot's Terratek WC wood-plastic composites now come in a smaller pellet size ideal for injection molding and sheet extrusion. The innovation allows for the use of wood-plastic composites in a wider range of plastics applications. READ MORE

November 27, 2013

Scientists capture 'redox moments' in living cells

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have charted a significant signaling network in a tiny organism that's big in the world of biofuels research. The findings about how a fast-growing organism conducts its metabolic business bolster scientists' ability to create biofuels. READ MORE

November 27, 2013

UK students convert landfill waste to bioplastic

BY Imperial College London Found In:ChemicalsStudents from Imperial College London have been recognized for a projects that uses harmless engineered bacteria to turn landfill waste into a biodegradable plastic or bioplastic at at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. READ MORE

November 26, 2013

Scripps Oceanography researchers enhance algae biofuel production

BY Scripps Institution of Oceanography Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae by targeting a fat-reducing enzyme without compromising growth. READ MORE

November 26, 2013

Arcadia Biosciences, DuPont Pioneer collaborate on sorghum

BY Arcadia Biosciences Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsArcadia Biosciences Inc. and DuPont Pioneer have announced their intention to collaborate to develop enabling technology to help manage pollen flow in sorghum, which will help facilitate the development and deployment of agronomic and quality traits. READ MORE

November 26, 2013

Opinion: Widgets Make Our World Go 'Round

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the significance of the individual components and equipment used all along the biomass supply chain. READ MORE

November 26, 2013

EPA appoints scientific integrity official

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has appointed Francesca Grifo as its new scientific integrity official. In her new role, Grifo will coordinate and carry out the agency's scientific integrity policy. She will also chair a standing EPA scientific integrity committee. READ MORE

November 22, 2013

Genera, University of Tennessee complete supply chain research

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn 2009, The U.S. Department of Energy awarded nearly $5 million to Genera Energy Inc. and the University of Tennessee to research and develop economical systems for bulk-handling and processing of chopped switchgrass. That project is now complete. READ MORE

November 22, 2013

Dyadic addresses biofuels, biochemicals in Q3 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. recently released financial results for the third quarter, reporting revenues of $3.5 million, up from $2.5 million for the same period of last year. The company also recently announced the award of a new U.S. patent. READ MORE

November 22, 2013

8 leading global brand companies, WWF form bioplastic alliance

BY World Wildlife Fund Found In:ChemicalsEight of the world's leading consumer brand companies and conservation group World Wildlife Fund recently announced the formation of the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance to support the responsible development of plastics made from plant material. READ MORE

November 21, 2013

Codexis shelves CodeXyme product for cellulosic fuels, chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiocatalyst producer Codexis Inc. recently released its financial results for the third quarter of 2013, reporting that it will immediately begin to wind down its CodeXyme cellulase enzyme program for the production of cellulosic sugars. READ MORE

November 19, 2013

Algae tricked into staying up late to produce biomaterials

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Md. and Waseda University in Tokyo have modified cyanobacteria's biological clock to remain in its daytime state. READ MORE

November 18, 2013

Beta Renewables technology to make ethanol, bioglycols in China

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsM&G Chemicals announced a second-generation biorefinery in China to convert biomass into ethanol, bioglycols and 45 MW biopower. Using Prosea technology, it will be 4x larger than Beta Renewables' Crescentino, Italy, plant. READ MORE

November 13, 2013

Favorable feedstock costs can drop cellulosic sugar prices

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLower feedstock prices can drive down prices of fermentable cellulosic sugar to 26 cents per kilogram (kg), down from 32 to 36 cents per kg, competitive with sugars from corn or sugarcane, according to Lux Research. READ MORE