Biobased Chemical

May 19, 2020

ACE 2020 conference ‘Rising Up,’ moving to Aug. 25 with the FEW

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Coalition for Ethanol is pleased to announce its 33rd annual conference will be held in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo hosted by BBI International on Aug. 25, in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

NOVA Chemicals, Enerkem collaborate on plastics recycling

BY NOVA Chemicals Corp. Found In:ChemicalsNOVA Chemicals Corp. and Enerkem Inc. have entered into a joint development agreement to explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste into ethylene, a basic building block of plastics. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

P&G, Cargill collaborate on biobased acrylic acid

BY Procter & Gamble Co. Found In:ChemicalsProcter & Gamble Co. recently announced it has granted Cargill an exclusive license that allows Cargill to further develop and commercialize its technology that converts lactic acid into biobased acrylic acid. READ MORE

May 11, 2020

Ag groups ask Congress to address GHG emissions from annual crops

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition is asking lawmakers to direct the U.S. EPA to promptly publish a rule that states neither agricultural biomass nor woody biomass contribute to excess greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Avantium to produce lignin for development of biobased asphalt

BY Avantium Found In:ChemicalsAvantium N.V recently announced that the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has awarded the company €500,000 for its participation in the CHAPLIN XL project, which aims to replace bitumen in asphalt with lignin. READ MORE

May 05, 2020

TerraVerdae: Investment boosts bioplastics project development

BY TerraVerdae Bioworks Inc. Found In:ChemicalsEdmonton, Alberta-based TerraVerdae Bioworks Inc. announced it has received a $4.5 million investment from Alberta, federal and other funding partners to develop new product development capacity for fully biodegradable high-performance bioplastics. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

ARENA seeks input on bioenergy roadmap

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency is seeking input from stakeholders in Australia’s bioenergy sector to underpin the development of the Bioenergy Roadmap. READ MORE

April 29, 2020

GranBio produces hand sanitizer at Georgia research facility

BY GranBio Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGranBio Technologies, via its wholly-owned subsidiary AVAPCO LLC, has converted its biorefinery research facility in Thomaston, Georgia, to the production of hand sanitizer to help fill demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 14, 2020

DOE extends application deadlines for plastics R&D funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s EERE has extended the application deadlines associated with a $25 million FOA made in March to support plastics recycling research and development as part of the Plastics Innovation Challenge. READ MORE

April 14, 2020

USDA unveils tool to help rural communities address COVID-19

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on April 13 unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 09, 2020

Panda poo, ants and slugs could be key to new green fuels

BY Aarhus University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new research project at Aarhus University will exploit millions of years of evolution to develop sustainable biofuels. Among other things, the solution lies in the digestive system of pandas, according to researchers. READ MORE

April 08, 2020

Upgrading biomass with selective surface-modified catalysts

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have demonstrated how the conversion of a plant derivative into fuels and other valuable chemicals can be achieved by loading single atoms of platinum onto titanium dioxide, according to Brookhaven National Laboratory. READ MORE

April 06, 2020

Hynion to produce hydrogen from biogas using Metacon equipment

BY Metacon AB Found In:ChemicalsMetacon AB has entered into an agreement with Hynion AS under which Hynion will rent a hydrogen generator from Metacon. The system will convert upgraded biogas into hydrogen. Delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of this year. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

EPA clarifies details of temporary enforcement policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA sent a letter to members of Congress on April 2 clarifying the temporary enforcement policy the agency announced on March 26 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and offering assurances the agency continues to enforce its regulatons. READ MORE

April 02, 2020

UW lab uses bacteria to convert biomass into renewable chemicals

BY Jason Daley, University of Wisconsin Found In:ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Wisconsin recently developed a pathway with the potential to convert biomass, like wood chips or grasses, into a widely used industrial solvent and aim to expand this work to produce an array of sustainable chemicals. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

USDA solicits input related to its Agricultural Innovation Agenda

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA on April 1 published a notice seeking comments on the most important agricultural innovation opportunities to be addressed in the near and long term. The comments will inform efforts related to the agency’s Agricultural Innovaton Agenda. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

ENGIE invests in hydrogen technology platform H2SITE

BY ENGIE Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsENGIE, through its corporate venture capital arm ENGIE New Ventures, has announced a strategic investment in Spain-based H2SITE, which is commercializing a membrane-based reactor system to produce hydrogen from biomethane and other sources. READ MORE

March 30, 2020

Andritz starts up biomethanol plant in Sweden

BY Andritz Found In:ChemicalsInternational technology group Andritz has recently started up the world’s first biomethanol plant using Andritz’s self-developed A-Recovery+ concept at the Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in southeastern Sweden. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA announces enforcement discretion policy for COVID-19 pandemic

BY U.S. EPA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA on March 26 announced g a temporary policy regarding EPA enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy applies to civil violoations duirng the outbreak. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Kcoe Isom hosts crisis planning webinar

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsKcoe Isom hosted a webinar on March 24 that discussed crisis planning and employee communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event also discussed emergency family and medical leave and offered tips for working remotely. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

Maine enacts tax credit for renewable chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsMaine Gov. Janet Mills on March 18 signed a bill establishing a tax credit for renewable chemical production that provides an 8 cent per pound tax credit for eligible products beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

USDA Rural Development implements remote operational status

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Rural Development on March 20 announced that it has implemented enterprise-wide remote operational status, effective immediately, to help protect the health of employees, customers and the greater community during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Clariant, Floreon collaborate on biopolymer applications

BY Clariant Found In:ChemicalsClariant’s Additives business and Floreon-Transforming Packaging Ltd. announce a new collaboration to further extend the performance properties and market potential of biopolymers, whilst preserving their environmental benefits. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

DOE offers $25 million for plastics recycling R&D

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe DOE on March 16 announced it will award up to $25 million to support plastics recycling research and development as part of the Plastics Innovation Challenge. A portion of the funding will support the development of novel biobased plastics. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

DOE cancels March 24-25 meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy on March 16 announced it has canceled the open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee scheduled for March 24-25 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. READ MORE

March 13, 2020

DOE: Biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet March 24-25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has scheduled an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development and Technical Advisory Committee for March 24-25. The meeting will be held in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

Avantium sells bioaromatics patent portfolio to TNO

BY Avantium Found In:ChemicalsAvantium has sold its bioaromatics patent portfolio to The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, TNO. The sale includes both patents and know-how for technologies that produce bio-derived products for polymers and coatings. READ MORE

March 06, 2020

USDA issues rule on Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. and Farm Service Agency published a final rule on March 2 implementing changes to the agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), as required by the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Perdue appoints Brand to lead USDA Rural Development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Feb. 28 announced the appointment of Bette Brand to serve as USDA Rural Development Deputy. Brand replaces former Rural Development Deputy Donald “DJ” LaVoy following his retirement. READ MORE

March 03, 2020

A novel biofuel system for hydrogen production from biomass

BY Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team, led by Professor Jungki Ryu in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST has presented a new biofuel system that uses lignin found in biomass for the production of hydrogen. READ MORE