Biobased Chemical

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

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