Biobased Chemical

April 25, 2019

Letter opposes proposed cuts to DOE’s renewable energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe BPA partnered with six renewable energy trade groups April 25 to send a letter to Congress opposing deep cuts in FY 2020 funding proposed by the Trump Administration for the Department of Energy's EERE, ARPA-E and NREL. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

Aries GREEN biochar certified by USDA, IBI

BY Aries Clean Energy Found In:ChemicalsAries Clean Energy's Aries GREEN biochar product has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label and certification from the International Biochar Institute. The product can now display the USDA label and IBI Certified biochar seal. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Lawmakers urge robust funding for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 50 federal lawmakers have spoken out to encourage members of the Senate and House appropriations committees to provide robust fiscal year 2020 funding for Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Spero Renewables announces cooperative agreement with DOE

BY Spero Renewables LLC Found In:ChemicalsSpero Renewables LLC recently announced a $1.6 million cooperative agreement with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy division of the Department of Energy to develop and scale-up production of the company’s SPERLU technology. READ MORE

April 17, 2019

Enerkem closes a new round of financing for C$76.3 million

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc., a global leader in biofuels production from solid waste, announces the closing of a new round of financing totaling C$76.3 million. The financing comes from Enerkem's existing investors, as well as a new investor, Suncor Energy Inc. READ MORE

April 15, 2019

MTI funds project by Biofine to produce biobased levulinic acid

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe Maine Technology institute has awarded $750,000 to Biofine Developments Northeast to support the development of a commercial biorefinery in Bucksport, Maine, that will produce biobased chemicals from wood biomass. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

Minnesota offers funding for bioenergy, biochemical pilot plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture is offering funding to help advance bioenergy and biochemical production technologies to the pilot scale through its AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

DOE: Journal issue addresses challenges to bioenergy production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe DOE has announced a compendium of new research that explores how grinding, sifting, drying, pelletizing and chemically treating biomass before it reaches the biorefinery could help solve big challenges plaguing today's bioenergy industry. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D advisory committee to meet March 27-28

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will meet March 27-28 in Arlington, Virginia. The event is open to members of the public. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

Lygos wins 3 grants to advance applications for its biochemicals

BY Lygos Inc. Found In:ChemicalsBiochemical producer Lygos Inc. recently announced it has been awarded three innovation research grants totaling $750,000 of non-equity funding to support advanced support advanced research and development. READ MORE

March 19, 2019

GranBio acquires 100% equity in American Process Inc.

BY GranBio Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGranBio has completed the acquisition of 100 percent equity in American Process Inc. and affiliate companies. The acquired assets include biorefineries in Alpena, Michigan and Thomaston, Georgia, and an extensive intellectual property portfolio. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

REG announces plans to sell Life Sciences division

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsREG has released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, announcing plans to sell its Life Sciences business unit and expressing optimism that the tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel will be retroactively extended for 2018. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

W2C Rotterdam project welcomes Shell as partner

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsShell has joined as an equity partner with Air Liquide, Enerkem, Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam for a proposed project in Rotterdam will be the first of its kind in Europe to make chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

Lygos, CUMIRP partner to expand uses for biochemical product

BY Lygos Inc. Found In:ChemicalsLygos Inc. announced a new partnership Feb. 20 with the Center for University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers that aims to develop novel high-value applications for the company’s Bio-Malonic Acid product family. READ MORE

March 01, 2019

Gevo, HCS Group enter supply agreement for renewable isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. and HCS Group have entered into a long-term, definitive, binding and bankable renewable isooctane purchase and sale agreement. The isooctane will be used in high-end applications, such as high purity solvents and specialty fuels. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Senate confirms Wheeler as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Senate has voted 52 to 46 along party lines to confirm Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting EPA administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

Anellotech produces biobased paraxylene

BY Anellotech Found In:ChemicalsAnellotech and its partners IFPEN and Axens have processed renewably sourced aromatics made at Anellotech’s TCat-8 pilot plant to successfully recover high-purity biobased paraxylene—a key component for making 100 percent biobased PET bottles. READ MORE

February 25, 2019

Harnessing top algae strains for bioenergy through collaboration

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

ABO bids farewell to executive director

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMatt Carr, executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization, has announced that he will be leaving the organization at the end of March to return to academia. The ABO's board of directors will soon begin its search for Carr's replacement. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

Global Bioenergies produces isobutene from wheat straw

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:ChemicalsGlobal Bioenergies recently announced that runs using wheat straw hydrolysate provided by its partner Clariant were successfully performed in its Leuna demo plant, leading to the production of cellulosic isobutene for the first time at this scale. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Canadian government funds new biomass research cluster

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe government of Canada has announced it will invest up to $7 million in a new biomass research cluster. An additional $3.1 million is contributions is expected from industry, bringing the total investment to $10.1 million. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

DOE announces $66 million for research on plants, microbes

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE has announced a plan to provide $66 million for new genomics-based research on plants and microbes. The $30 million plant initiative aims to expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Erickson to leave BIO after 19 years, open consulting company

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization has announced that after 19 years leading the Industrial and Environmental Section, Executive Vice President Brent Erickson will step down from the organization in March 2019 to begin new business ventures. READ MORE

February 08, 2019

Braskem, Haldor Topsoe commission biobased MEG demonstration unit

BY Braskem Found In:ChemicalsBraskem and Haldor Topsoe have announced the commissioning of a demonstration unit in Denmark that converts sugar to monoethyleneglycol (MEG), which can be used as a raw material for the production of PET. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Simmons sworn in as assistant secretary of DOE’s EERE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has a new leader. Daniel Simmons was recently sworn in assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy. READ MORE

February 05, 2019

Senate committee advances Wheeler’s nomination to head the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 5, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works voted 11 to 10 to advance the nomination of Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to fill the post of administrator of the agency. The full Senate will now consider his nomination. READ MORE

February 01, 2019

DuPont Industrial Biosciences breaks ground on EMEA headquarters

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDuPont Industrial Biosciences officially broke ground Jan. 24 on its new site at the Leiden Bio Science Park in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. The building will serve as the new EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) headquarters for the company. READ MORE

January 31, 2019

EU’s Joint Research Centre publishes report on biobased chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe European Commission’s Joint Research Centre published a report in January that details the potential of biobased chemicals in European Union markets and predicts production will grow by approximately 3.6 percent annually from 2018 to 2025. READ MORE

January 31, 2019

New biosensor highlights best biofuel-producing microbes

BY Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new study led by Vatsan Raman, an assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, unveils a biosensor that may light the way to the best microbial candidates for biofuel production. READ MORE