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ADM, LG Chem cancel plans to develop lactic acid, PLA projects in Illinois

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By Erin Voegele

July 16, 2024

ChemicalsBusiness

ADM and South Korea-based LG Chem on July 12 announced they will not move forward with the development of previously announced joint venture projects to produce lactic acid and polylactic acid (PLA), citing skyrocketing construction costs.

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Neste, Marubeni Corp. and Resonac Corp. have entered into a cooperative agreement to enable the production of renewable olefins and derivatives. The cooperation involves Neste RE being used to manufacture products at a facility in Japan.

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The Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium, a consortium of the U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, has launched an effort that aims to gather community input on the development of new biomass processing facilities.

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Origin Materials on April 3 announced the successful conversion of wood residue feedstock, such as wood chips, shavings and sawdust, into sustainable intermediates at Origin 1, its first commercial-scale plant.

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Neste and Lotte Chemical are teaming up to make chemicals and plastics more sustainable. The collaboration will see Neste providing renewable Neste RE, a raw material for chemicals and plastics made from 100% renewable raw materials.

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New Energy Blue on March 18 announced the formation of New Energy Chemicals. In phase one, the biochemical subsidiary will produce biobased ethylene for use in Dow’s renewable plastics. In phase two, the subsidiary will expand to SAF production.

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USDA on March 8 celebrated the second annual National Biobased Products Day, a celebration to raise public awareness of biobased products, their benefits and their contributions to the U.S. economy and rural communities.

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The USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service on Jan. 24 published proposed rule that aims to update the agency’s Biobased Markets (Biopreferred) Program. A public comment period on the proposed rule is open through March 25.

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Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits on Jan. 23 announced a partnership with Braskem to jointly develop renewable chemicals. The two companies will first explore products for the solvents segment.

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Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., on Oct. 26 announced the introduction of a bill that aims to update the USDA’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Assistance loan guarantee program.

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The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced $16.7 million in funding for five projects to advance the production of affordable biofuels and biochemicals that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Solugen and ADM on Oct. 30 announced a strategic partnership to scale a range of innovative, plant-based specialty chemicals and biobased building block molecules in a new manufacturing facility in Marshall, Minnesota.

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The U.S. EPA has announced the winners of the 2023 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for new and innovative green chemistry technologies. The winners are helping to reduce or eliminate the generation and use of hazardous substances.

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Origin Materials Inc. on Oct. 11 announced it has begun commercial-scale production at its Origin 1 facility, located in Sarnia, Ontario. The plant converts wood residues into intermediate chemicals, including CMF, HTC, and oils and extractives.

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International Biochar Initiative rebrands, introduces new logo

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By International Biochar Initiative

August 30, 2023

The International Biochar Initiative has announced new logo, brand, and refreshed organizational values. The new brand identity brings a modern, professional look to the organization's robust programming, resources, and certification standards.

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Neste has entered a cooperation with Suntory, ENEOS and Mitsubishi Corp. to enable the production of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin made with renewable Neste RE on a commercial scale. Neste RE is made from 100 percent biobased materials.

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The Canadian government on Aug. 30 announced it is investing up to $5.3 million in an initiative that aims to support the development of biomass supply chains and cutting-edge technologies to produce biomass and value-added agricultural products.

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The U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office and the U.S. National Science Foundation have funded three new projects that aim to help accelerate innovation and develop new biomanufacturing approaches.

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $34 million to 19 industry- and university-led research projects that will advance cutting-edge technology solutions for clean hydrogen. Several of the projects address biomass-to-hydrogen technologies.

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The Surface Transportation Board is soliciting nominations to fill six vacancies on its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee. One of those vacancies is to be filled by a biofuel producer or feedstock provider.

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Mote Inc. has received $1.2 million in grant funding from the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Conservation, and the California Department of Forestry to establish its second biomass-to-hydrogen and carbon sequestration plant.

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The U.K. government on Aug. 10 released its Biomass Strategy, which describes the steps the government intends to take to strengthen biomass sustainability. It also disucsses how sustainable biomass can be used to meet the U.K.'s net-zero goals.

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The U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office awarded $2.18 million in funding to three projects as part of the 2023 Cooperative Research and Development Agreement call by the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium.

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The DOE's BETO often requires FOA award recipients to comply with technical and economic validation of their novel technologies. The agency has released a new set of web resources to help awardees and applicants under the process.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on July 20 introduced the Biomanufacturing and Jobs Act, which aims to strengthen the USDA's BioPreferred Program. Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., are cosponsoring the bill.

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The U.S. DOE's BETO on will host a Bioenergy Cybersecurity Workshop on Sept. 11. The virtual event will focus on the identification of cybersecurity risks in biofuel and bioproduct manufacturing as well as ways to address those risks.

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CHAR Technologies on July 4 announced progress with its RNG and biocoal project under development in Thorold, Ontario. The company also recenltyannounced a strategic investment by ArcelorMittal and was awarded funding by the Canadian government.

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The USDA is making $21.25 million in technical assistance grants available through the REAP to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses access federal funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements.

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The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Internal Revenue Service have announced $4 billion in tax credits for projects that expand clean energy, critical materials manufacturing, or recycling.

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The USDA will invest $300 million through President Biden's Investing in America agenda to improve measurement, monitoring, reporting and verification of GHG emissions and carbon sequestration in climate-smart agriculture and forestry.

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