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August 27, 2019

Avantium wins €6 million grant, releases half-year results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsNetherlands-based renewable chemistry company Avantium announced Aug. 26 it has been awarded a €6 million ($6.65 million) grant to accelerate development of its technologies. The company also recently released half year financial results. READ MORE

August 22, 2019

DOE announces $64 million to help develop bioenergy crops

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Aug. 21 $64 million in funding for 25 university-led genomics research projects on plants and microbes for bioenergy and bioproducts. The projects aim to improve features like drought resistance and crop yield. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Governors ask EPA to clarify biogenic CO2 not regulated under CCA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGovernors representing Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and North Dakota recently sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to clarify biogenic CO2 is not a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act. READ MORE

August 13, 2019

DOE seeks input on its FY 2019 EERE, BETO research priorities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy’s Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking public input on its EERE and Bioenergy Technologies Office research priorities, including those focused on corn fiber biofuel, food waste, data efforts and algae biomass. READ MORE

August 01, 2019

UK to develop standards for bioplastic, seeks public input

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe U.K. government recently opened a public consultation that aims to aid in the development of standards for biodegradable, compostable and biobased plastics. The consultation in open through Oct. 14. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

Rutgers: Research on red algae could lead to new fuels

BY Rutgers University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Rutgers University have found 10 species of red algae stole about 1 percent of their genes from bacteria to cope with toxic metals and salt stress in hot springs. The findings could help design algae that produce fuels or chemicals. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

USDA: $400 million still available for REAP loan guarantees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced July 18 that more than $400 million is still available for renewable energy system and energy efficiency loan guarantees through the Rural Energy for America Program. USDA accepts applications for REAP funding year-round. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

Aries gets permits for New Jersey plant, launches biochar sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsAries Clean Energy has completed environmental permitting for a large-scale biosolids gasification facility to be built in New Jersey. The company has also launched retail sales of its Aries Green biochar product. READ MORE

July 16, 2019

Green Biologics to cease operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsA former Little Falls, Minnesota, ethanol plant that was converted to biobased butanol and acetone production in 2016 it ceasing operations. Green Biologics Ltd. recently announced it has begun “an orderly closure of operations.” READ MORE

July 12, 2019

ITA committee focused on renewable energy exports to meet July 25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced an opening meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held July 25 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

LyondellBasell, Neste produce biobased plastics

BY LyondellBasell Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLyondellBasell and Neste recently announced the first parallel production of biobased polypropylene and biobased low-density polyethylene at a commercial scale. The joint project used Neste's renewable hydrocarbons. READ MORE

July 08, 2019

BIO: Batchelor named vice president

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization announced July 2 that Stephanie Batchelor has been named BIO’s vice president for its industrial & environmental (I&E) section. Batchelor has worked for BIO in the I&E section since July 2008. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

Researchers synthesize acetaminophen from lignin

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith a new method to synthesize a popular pain-relieving medication from plants rather than fossil fuels, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to relieve two headaches at once. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Vertimass licenses technology to Alliance BioEnergy Plus

BY Vertimass Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVertimass completed its first technology license agreement with Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. in West Palm Beach, Florida, to produce renewable jet fuel along with benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX). READ MORE

July 03, 2019

LLNL: Turning the switch on biofuels

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLLNL scientists and collaborators at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified a molecular mechanism in bacteria that can be manipulated to promote IIL tolerance, and therefore overcome a key gap in biofuel and biochemical production processes. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

Enerkem honors memory of Vincent Chornet

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe management of Enerkem has announced Vincent Chornet, cofounder and executive chairman of the company, died at the age of 45 following a prolonged illness. Chornet is credited with making Enerkem a leader in biofuels and renewable chemicals. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

Wehrum leaves EPA, Isdal becomes deputy assistant administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation William Wehrum will leave his post at the agency at the end of June. Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Anne Idsal will become acting assistant administrator for air and radiation. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced June 24 plans to hold an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on June 26 in Missoula, Montana. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Bill aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits through 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on June 18. The bill extends several biofuel- and bioenergy-related tax credits through 2020. The legislation was scheduled for markup on June 20. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Lee Enterprises consulting adds team members

BY Lee Enterprises Consulting Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLee Enterprises Consulting has added four new members to its team of 100-plus subject matter bioeconomy experts, including Chris Burk, P.E.; Daren Daugaard, Ph.D. P.E.; David Whittle; and Tad Dritz, P.E. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

UNF researcher wins USDA grant to study switchgrass

BY University of North Florida Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMike Aspinwall, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida, was just awarded nearly half a million dollars from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study switchgrass as a viable plant-based biofuel. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

Iowa State researchers work to make biochar more useful, valuable

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University researchers have found that biochar produced as coproduct of bio-oil production during the pyrolyis process shows promise as a slow-release fertilizer that could feed crops while protecting water quality. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

DOE seeks nominations for biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations must be submitted by June 30. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

Bill aims to extend MLPs to bioenergy, biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Ron Estes, R-Kan., reintroduced a bill June 13 that aims to give investors in clean energy projects access to the use of master limited partnerships (MLPs). READ MORE

June 07, 2019

EPA solicits nominations for SAB, related committees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on ag-related industries. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

Genomatica acquires assets of REG Life Sciences

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenomatica announced June 6 it has acquired certain assets of the REG Life Sciences division of Renewable Energy Group Inc. The company said the acquisition will add to its capabilities to meet increasing demand for sustainable products. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

BIO announces new direction for communications, public affairs

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBIO has added Rich Masters as its new executive vice president for public affairs. The restructured position will focus on developing and implementing an integrated communications, branding and marketing strategy for the organization. READ MORE

June 04, 2019

Nelson Engineering becomes Nelson Baker Biotech

BY Nelson Baker Biotech Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNelson Engineering, Inc. has changed its name and is now Nelson Baker Biotech Inc. An innovative EPC firm in the industrial biotech space, the company has expanded into biomass processing, biochemicals and biogas in recent years. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

Thermochemical pulp biorefinery opens in Ontario

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced May 27 the commissioning of a new pilot biorefinery that converts wood biomass into lignin and sugars. On the same day, the Canadian government awarded C$2 million to the project. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Argonne updates model to help bioenergy developers conserve water

BY Argonne National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory recently released an updated version of its Water Analysis Tool for Energy Resources (WATER), an online computer model meant to help bioenergy developers preserve critical resources. READ MORE