Biobased Chemical

August 11, 2016

AST receives patent for method to improve biomass processing

BY American Science and Technology Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Science and Technology, an emerging technology company, has been awarded a patent for a system and method for the extraction of chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass that reduces the cost of Organosolv processing. READ MORE

August 09, 2016

UF/IFAS research could lead to more and healthier sorghum

BY University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher has identified two areas of the sorghum genome that could boost the plant’s resistance to the anthracnose disease. READ MORE

August 05, 2016

Amyris signs record number of collaborations in second quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Aug. 4, Amyris Inc. released financial results for the second quarter of 2016, reporting the company signed more collaborations during the three-month period than it had during any previous quarter. READ MORE

August 05, 2016

PNNL: Cyanobacteria have allure for biofuel, chemical production

BY Tom Rickey, PNNL Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have figured out why Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002, a form of cyanobacteria, outpaces the growth of most of its peers. The organism triples in size to accommodate a rapid expansion of the cellular machinery it uses to build proteins. READ MORE

August 03, 2016

Researchers demonstrate method to produce hydrogen from biomass

BY Cardiff University Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of U.K. researchers, including experts from Cardiff University’s Cardiff Catalysis Institute, have shown that significant amounts of hydrogen can be unlocked from fescue grass with the help of sunlight and a cheap catalyst. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

Opinion: Equipped to Innovate

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn every issue of Biomass Magazine dedicated to equipment and equipment innovations, the men and women who put these machines to work jump off the page. READ MORE

July 26, 2016

USDA announces application periods for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is accepting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, which provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to develop, construct and retrofit commercial-scale biorefineries. READ MORE

July 26, 2016

Rivertop Renewables’ sodium glucarate designated a ‘Safer Choice’

BY Rivertop Renewables Found In:ChemicalsRivertop Renewables, a Montana-based novel chemicals company, announced that sodium glucarate produced by the company’s breakthrough oxidation technology has been listed on the U.S. EPA’s Safer Chemicals Ingredients List. READ MORE

July 22, 2016

DOE funds study on biorefinery waste use, renewable bioproducts

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. Much of the study will focus on ways to make plastic materials from lignin. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Billion-Ton Update authors discuss report findings

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 19, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute held a briefing to discuss the U.S. Department of Energy's 2016 Billion-Ton Update, its methodology and data collection strategies, findings and goals. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Bill aims to create tax credits for carbon utilization, storage

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., recently introduced the Carbon Capture and Utilization Act of 2016, which aims to spur investment in next-generation carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Opinion: Ancient Biology for Modern Decarbonization

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA wave of innovation in algae and related technologies is bringing profoundly carbon-negative capture and use technologies to the verge of commercial deployment. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

Ford, Jose Cuervo team up to develop agave-based bioplastics

BY Ford Motor Co. Found In:ChemicalsFord Motor Co. is teaming up with Jose Cuervo to explore the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to employ in Ford vehicles. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

ARG invests in Amyris and Cosan joint venture Novvi

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:ChemicalsAmerican Refining Group Inc. has committed to a 33.3 percent equity investment in Novvi LLC, a joint venture of Amyris, Inc. and Cosan S.A. Both Amyris and Cosan will continue to hold share ownership stakes in Novvi, together with ARG. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

EPA publishes updated standards, guidelines for MSW landfills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 14, the U.S. EPA issued final new source performance standards for new, modified and reconstructed municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The agency has also issued revised guidelines for reducing emissions from existing MSW landfills. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

Canadian, Quebec governments invest $76.5M in bio-oil facility

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe governments of Canada and Quebec announced in July they will provide a combined $76.5 million in funding to AE Cote-Nord Bioenergy Canada Inc. for the production of renewable fuel oil from forest residues at its Port-Cartier facility. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round. READ MORE

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