Biobased Chemical

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

June 16, 2016

Pacific Ag acquires Calagri

BY Pacific Ag Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Ag has acquired Calagri. The transaction further solidifies Pacific Ag's ability to ensure cost-competitive, year-round supply and more streamlined harvesting and delivery of forages and other crop residues to customers. READ MORE

June 15, 2016

S2G begins commercial production of biobased glycols

BY S2G BioChemicals Inc. Found In:ChemicalsS2G BioChemicals Inc. recently announced it has successfully initiated commercial production of fossil-free, biobased glycols at the Memphis, Tennessee, site of its operating partner Pennakem LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Minafin Group. READ MORE

June 15, 2016

Deinove completes key milestone in its Deinochem program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced that it has validated the second key milestone of the Deinochem program, dedicated to the production of biosourced isoprenoids, funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). READ MORE

June 14, 2016

White Dog Labs wins DOE grant

BY White Dog Labs Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhite Dog Labs recently emerged from stealth by announcing a prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The company's innovative fermentation technology platform promises to increase output of practically any biochemical by 50-100 percent. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

National Advanced Biofuel Conference Heads to Milwaukee

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo kicks off a week from Monday, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Chemistry lessons from bacteria may improve biofuel production

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison researchers study how a certain group of bacteria called Streptomyces may improve biofuel production. The study identifies important enzymes produced when Streptomyces flex particular genes. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Chemists settle debate on how methane is made biologically

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChemists study two competing ideas for how microbes make the main component of natural gas. The winning chemical reaction involves a molecule less favored by previous research, something called a methyl radical. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Cooperative establishes checkoff to grow Ontario biomass sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently launched an effort to make it easier for its members to sell the miscanthus and switchgrass they produce to various markets. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

Sorghum Checkoff announces $500,000 investment

BY Sorghum Checkoff Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Sorghum Checkoff recently announced a $500,000 investment in sorghum research, made at the inaugural Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture program field day at the University of Arizona's Maricopa Agricultural Center. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

DOE accepting nominations for biomass committee members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting nominations for members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due June 30. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

Wild sorghum shows potential for biofuel production

BY PLOS ONE Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a variety of sorghum growing wild in Australia has the potential to yield over 10,000 liters of ethanol per hectare per year. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

RIT, Synergy Biogas partner in algae biogas project

BY Rochester Institute of Technology Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRochester Institute of Technology and Synergy Biogas are exploring the environmental benefits of microalgae to clean agricultural wastewater and make biofuels. A three-month pilot program is growing microalgae on digested biomass. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Repreve Renewables celebrates grand opening of processing center

BY Repreve Renewables LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables LLC celebrated the official opening of its North Carolina processing center on June 1. The company's primary crop is giant miscanthus, a high-yielding, low-input and drought tolerant perennial that improves soil and water quality. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

Gevo to review strategic alternatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has commenced a review of strategic alternatives and engaged Cowen & Co. LLC as a financial advisor to assist in the review. The announcements was made approximately two weeks after the company released its first quarter financial results. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

DOE: Biomass committee schedules June meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for June 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public can observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

May 26, 2016

Wageningen UR launches development of durable bio-PBS compounds

BY Wageningen UR Found In:ChemicalsA joint development program on biobased PBS (polybutylene succinate) compounds for injection molding has been launched by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research in cooperation with Reverdia. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Metabolix considers sale of biopolymer, Yield10 businesses

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsMassachusetts-based Metabolix has announced it is exploring strategic alternatives for its specialty biopolymer business and its Yield10 crop science program, including the possibility of selling one or both business segments. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

USDA announces application periods for BCAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Farm Service Agency has announced incentives will resume this month through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the USDA, $3 million is available for BCAP during fiscal year 2016. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

USDA announces $21 million in bioenergy funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced the availability of $21 million in funding through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

Solving the biomass puzzle

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass holds great promise as a petroleum replacement, but unlocking its true potential remains a puzzle. Researchers at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory hope to develop the pieces of that puzzle to create a clearer picture. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

DOE: Report documents achievements from 6 years of algal research

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization (CAB-Comm), led by the University of California, San Diego, has just released its final report, detailing the many accomplishments and impactful contributions achieved in its six years of operation. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Stora Enso, Rennovia to cooperate on biobased chemicals

BY Stora Enso Found In:ChemicalsRenewable materials company Stora Enso and specialty chemicals company Rennovia Inc. have announced a joint development and license agreement to cooperate on biobased chemicals development. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Opinion: Food + Fuel: The New Biomass Equation

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new analysis published in Carbon Balance and Management finds use of algae as feed for animals as potentially having a big role to play in limiting global carbon emissions, while providing the world with a major new source of sustainable proteins. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

UM researchers earn $1.4 million grant to study biomass

BY University of Montana Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Montana researchers will use a grant awarded by the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy to identify and overcome the barriers to using biomass from fuels-reduction and forest-restoration treatments. READ MORE

May 16, 2016

DOE awards $10 million for bioenergy research, development

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development. READ MORE

May 16, 2016

UCR researchers win funding for biofuel, biochemical development

BY Sarah Nightingale, University of California, Riverside Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of California, Riverside researchers have received a $1.3 million award from the USDA that will fund research on developing commercially viable processes to create biofuels and chemicals from waste plant materials. READ MORE

May 13, 2016

Gevo Q1 results provide update on isobutanol equipment upgrades

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. released first quarter financial results, focusing on progress made at Luverne since the restart of isobutanol production in mid-March, and announcing Alaska Airlines’ first commercial flight using Gevo’s ATJ fuel is scheduled in June. READ MORE