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December 12, 2018

House passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. House of Representatives passed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 369 to 47 on Dec. 12. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump’s desk. Trump is expected to sign the bill. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 11, the Senate voted 87 to 13 to pass the 2018 Farm Bill. The vote came one day after House and Senate ag committee leaders released the text of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report. The bill will now be considered by the House. READ MORE

December 10, 2018

Report: Biofuels, bioproducts required to meet GHG goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA report released by the Biofuture Platform states that the world’s greenhouse gas reduction goals cannot be met without greater use of biofuels and bioproducts. The report also describes several barriers impeding future progress in the sector. READ MORE

December 10, 2018

A crustacean could hold secret to making wood-based biofuels

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel. Gribble are small marine invertebrates that have evolved eat wood washed into the sea. READ MORE

December 07, 2018

BIO adds 21 companies to Industrial & Environmental Section

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently announced 21 companies have joined the Industrial & Environmental Section over the past year, including Gevo, Velocys, Virent, and Agrisoma Biosciences. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

UK government publishes bioeconomy strategy for 2018-2030

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. BEIS has published a national bioeconomy strategy for 2018 to 2030. The U.K. REA spoke out in support of the strategy, noting it endorses the use of biobased resources as fundamental to U.K. goals for decarbonization and economic growth. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

DOE contest to crowdsource solutions for biobased 3D printing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is seeking new concepts in biobased materials for additive manufacturing as part of its Manufacturing Innovator Challenge, which is an effort to crowdsource solutions for next generation manufacturing. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

Total Corbion PLA starts-up 75,000-ton-per-year bioplastics plant

BY Total Corbion PLA Found In:ChemicalsTotal Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, announced the start-up of its 75,000-ton-per-year poly lactic acid (PLA) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. The plant has successfully produced Luminy PLA resins. READ MORE

November 30, 2018

Report: Pro-innovation policies, biotech advances are linked

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA study released Nov. 19 highlights strategies, policies and best practices that have been successful in creating an environment in which biotechnology innovation can flourish around the world, according to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

USDA rule to help speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is taking action to allow agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE

November 26, 2018

Researchers develop, test system for making biobased chemicals

BY Iowa State University Found In:ChemicalsIowa State University researchers will test a new way of producing biobased chemicals that’s backed by 10 years of working in laboratories, partnering with industries and launching startups. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Canadian government funds project to produce biobased nylon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe Canadian government has announced funding to support the development of biomass-based alternative material that could replace traditional nylon used in automobile manufacturing and other industries. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

USDA: 2 national labs win BioPreferred Program procurement awards

BY USDA Found In:ChemicalsThe USDA recently announced that two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories have received USDA’s Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards for Fiscal Year 2018 for testing and adopting biobased products within their operations. READ MORE

November 19, 2018

NREL shifts carbon fiber research into second gear

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:ChemicalsOngoing research at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory could lead to a cleaner method of transforming acrylonitrile (ACN) into carbon fiber, replacing petrochemicals with biomass as the starting point. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

BASF produces methanol according to the biomass balance approach

BY BASF Found In:ChemicalsBASF has started production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach. The product name is EU-REDcert-methanol, which is certified according to the REDcert standard. READ MORE

November 08, 2018

Clariant, Neste join forces on sustainable industrial solutions

BY Clariant Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsClariant has signed an agreement for a new partnership with Neste. By using Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons in its product development, Clariant increases the number of products in its portfolio that are derived from renewable raw materials. READ MORE

November 05, 2018

LCY Chemical purchases BioAmber assets, Sarnia biorefinery

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsLCY Biotechnology Inc., a division of Taiwan-based LCY Chemical Corp., has purchased the assets of BioAmber Inc., a bankrupt renewable chemicals company that built a biobased succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

Regulatory barriers on agenda for biomass R&D committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will hold an opening meeting in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 15-16. The meeting will address regulatory barriers impacting bioenergy growth. READ MORE

October 29, 2018

High biomass sorghums can compete in water-stressed circumstances

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy or high biomass sorghum can be grown in water-stressed situations and still produce good yields, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study being conducted at Bushland and in Kansas. READ MORE

October 19, 2018

Anellotech announces plans for commercial plant

BY Anellotech Found In:ChemicalsAnellotech announced it has demonstrated commercially viable process economics during multi-month runs at its TCat-8 pilot facility. The company said it will now begin planning for a new commercial plant with partners IFPEN and Axens. READ MORE

October 15, 2018

Argonne releases 2018 update to GREET model

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 10, Argonne National Laboratory’s System Assessment Group released a 2018 update of its GREET Model, which is an analytical tool used to consider the life cycle of various transportation fuels. READ MORE

October 15, 2018

Scientists research heat consumption, generation in pyrolysis

BY Tomsk Polytechnic University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPyrolysis can be organized automatically for heat generation out of the most common type of biomass such as peat and straw. That is, it is sufficient to heat biomass to a certain temperature and then the process proceeds in the autothermal mode. READ MORE

October 09, 2018

A crucial gene controls stem juiciness in sorghum and beyond

BY American Society of Plant Biologists Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers are working to understand how the stem juiciness trait evolved in sorghum. Understanding the underlying gene could could help breeders fine-tune this trait in sorghum and other important crops. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

Researchers to develop renewable fuel additives from sawdust

BY UMass Lowell Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers from UMass Lowell, the University of Maine and Florida-based Mainstream Engineering Corp. to develop renewable fuel additives made from woody biomass. READ MORE

September 28, 2018

Researchers find value in lignin

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn ideal biorefinery would turn renewable crops into a variety of fuels and products with little waste. A significant challenge in realizing this vision is what to do with lignin. Researchers are currently working to solve that problem. READ MORE

September 27, 2018

Versalis buys Biochemtex, Beta Renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsItalian oil and gas company Eni has announced Versalis, its chemical subsidiary, has purchased a group of green businesses owned by the Mossi & Ghisolfi Group, including Biochemtex and Beta Renewables. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

BioBTX begins operations at Netherlands pilot plant

BY BioBTX B.V. Found In:ChemicalsBioBTX B.V. recently announced the official opening of the pilot plant for the production of sustainable platform chemicals in Groningen, the Netherlands. The company is developing a technology to convert biomass into cornerstone aromatic chemicals. READ MORE

September 21, 2018

New method more than doubles sugar production from plants

BY EPFL Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEPFL chemists have developed a method that can significantly increase the yield of sugars from plants, improving the production of renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Enerkem commits to taking action on ocean plastics waste

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. announced Sept. 20 at the G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministerial Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that it will be exploring opportunities to take action on ocean plastics waste and marine litter. READ MORE

September 19, 2018

Envia idles GTL plant, Velocys focuses on Mississippi project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys has announced that Envia Energy will suspend operations at its Oklahoma City plant due to financial circumstances. The gas-to-liquids facility, which features Velocys’ Fischer-Tropsch technology, began producing finished products in 2017. READ MORE