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September 23, 2014

Vecoplan opens technology center in Germany

BY Vecoplan AG Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVecoplan AG recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 square-foot technology center in Germany. The facility is equipped with more than 25 machines for the processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

Bridgestone begins producing natural rubber in Mesa, Arizona

BY Bridgestone Americas Inc. Found In:ChemicalsBridgestone Americas Inc. is one step closer to its long-term environmental goal of developing a new, domestic and commercially-viable source for natural rubber with the opening of its Biorubber Process Research Center in Mesa, Arizona. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Chempolis, NRL partner to produce cellulosic ethanol, chemicals

BY Chempolis Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChempolis Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with India-based Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. that could result in the development of a cellulosic biorefinery that produces ethanol, furfural and acetic acid. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

3-D imaging techniques may improve understanding of feedstock

BY PLOS ONE Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsComparison of 3D TEM imaging techniques reveals never-seen-before details of plant cell walls, according to a study published Sept. 10 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by researchers from University of California, Berkeley. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

SGB announces breakthrough with hybrid jatropha, closes financing

BY SGB Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSGB Inc. has announced success in its program to create hybrid jatropha which has both high yield and rapid time to maturity. In conjunction with these results, the company has closed an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site

BY Viaspace Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsViaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. Two planting methods were compared at the University of California site in Holtville, California READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Genomatica: Biotechnology platform allows accelerated development

BY Genomatica Found In:ChemicalsGenomatica announced it has leveraged its proprietary, integrated biotechnology platform to create microorganisms that achieved a 'titer' of over 50 grams per liter for one of their programs in less than half the time required by an earlier program. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

Virent to scale up biobased paraxylene demonstration activities

BY Virent Found In:ChemicalsVirent has announced that The Coca-Cola Co. is making an additional investment in the development of its bio-based paraxylene, BioFormPX, that will enable Virent to scale up separation and purification of BioFormPX at its demonstration plant. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

Braskem joins Amyris, Michelin isoprene collaboration

BY Amyris Found In:ChemicalsAmyris, Braskem and Michelin have announced that Braskem is joining a collaboration already launched in 2011 between Michelin and Amyris. The collaboration was initiated to develop and commercialize renewable isoprene. READ MORE

September 08, 2014

SwRI adds custom-designed circulating fluidized bed system

BY Southwest Research Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSouthwest Research Institute has announced the addition of a custom-designed circulating fluidized bed to convert heavy crude oils or biological feedstock into valuable, refined fuel samples that clients can assess for quality and profitability. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

Amaron Energy to demonstrate pyrolysis process at Wash. DNR event

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ChemicalsThe Washington State Department of Natural Resources has announced it is sponsoring a demonstration of Amaron Energy's 20-ton-per-day pyrolysis unit in October. Approximately 1,000 gallons of oil will be produced during the event. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

Going to extremes for enzymes

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn the search for enzymes that can break lignocellulose down into biofuel sugars under the extreme conditions of a refinery, a University of California Berkeley researcher has prospected for extremophilic microbes and engineered his own cellulases. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

EIU to reap research opportunities through land use partnership

BY Eastern Illinois University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFor some students at Eastern Illinois University, the traditional, enclosed classroom will soon be replaced with acres of wind-blown native grasses. Local landowners have agreed to allow Eastern to use nearly 120 acres of their property for research. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Bioenergy research continues march toward energy independence

BY University of Tennessee Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn September, October and November the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems will take to the road to show off research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast. READ MORE

September 03, 2014

Stora Enso to build demonstration plant in Louisiana

BY Stora Enso Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFollowing its recent acquisition of the U.S.-based biotechnology company Virdia, Stora Enso is investing EUR 32 million ($43 million) in a demonstration and market development plant to be built at Raceland, Louisiana. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

DOE 'Knowledgebase' links biologists, computer scientists

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBrookhaven National Laboratory has announced the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy's Systems Biology Knowledgebase, a new computational platform to help the biological community analyze, store, and share data. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

Opinion: Hard to Handle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIf someone were to design an energy input with the sole aim of creating the most difficult material handling challenge imaginable, they would likely end up with something that looks very much like biomass. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

DOE seeks input on landscape design for feedstock production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is asking for input on landscape design approaches that sustainably integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems. Comments are due Sept. 2. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

Water leads to chemical that gunks up biofuels production

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have discovered that water in the process to convert biomass to bio-oil helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research wins NSF grant

BY University of Louisville Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA grant from the National Science Foundation will allow University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research to expand. The $20 million award is being made for the "Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future" project. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

John Deere, Hillco introduce single pass round bale system

BY John Deere Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHillco Technologies Inc., working in developmental partnership with John Deere, has developed the Hillco Single Pass Round Bale System, a revolutionary new system for harvesting corn and baling corn stover in one simple step. READ MORE

August 27, 2014

Nomination deadline for export advisory committee extended

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has amended a recent announcement that it is accepting nominations for its renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee. The deadline is now set for Aug. 29. READ MORE

August 26, 2014

Genera Energy provides insight in choosing a biomass solution

BY Genera Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy recently released a new infographic featuring a visual overview of biomass feedstock and guidelines for choosing the best solution for every biomass project. The four-page infographic highlights key supply chain elements. READ MORE

August 25, 2014

American Science and Technology scale up uses Baisch Engineering

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Science and Technology Corp. has selected Baisch Engineering to scale up its Wausau, Wisconsin-based pilot plant from its current production capacity of 200 pounds of lignocellulosic biomass per day to 2 tons per day. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

Metabolix Q2 results show commercial progress in PHA products

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ChemicalsSustainable solutions for the plastics and chemicals industries were topics of discussion released in Metabolix Inc.'s second quarter 2014 financial results. The company also discussed a private placement agreement for new equity financing. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

Abengoa reports strong quarter for biofuels, bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAbengoa's biofuels and bioenergy business saw a strong second quarter in the Americas, Abengoa CEO Manuel Sanchez Ortega said during the company's first half of 2014 earnings call on Aug. 12. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

JBEI research paves the way for closed loop biorefineries

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile the powerful solvents known as ionic liquids show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving the economics of advanced biofuels, an even more promising candidate is on the horizon, bionic liquids. READ MORE

August 19, 2014

Dyadic releases Q2 results, files registration statement with SEC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter of 2014, reporting a an increase in net product-related revenue. Dyadic has also filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. READ MORE

August 15, 2014

Novozymes reports strong growth in bioenergy sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNovozymes has released financial results for the first half of the year, reporting that sales growth was in line with expectations. Organically, sales grew by 8 percent. EBIT grew by 19 percent and EBIT margin reached 28.1 percent. READ MORE