Biobased Chemical

June 29, 2018

New catalyst upgrades carbon dioxide to fuels found by USTC

BY University of Science and Technology of China Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team has uncovered a catalysis strategy intermediates during CO2 electrochemical reduction reaction, which sheds new lights on upgrading CO2 to engine fuels, such as ethanol and n-propanol. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

NREL: Novel genetic method improves efficiency of enzyme

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Georgia developed a new genetic engineering technique to dramatically improve an enzyme’s ability to break down biomass. READ MORE

June 27, 2018

Forest Concepts wins DOE funding to improve biomass handling

BY Forest Concepts LLC Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsForest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the Department of Energy to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and highly variable physical properties that have plagued the biomass industry. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

WSU professor lands grant to pursue lignin to biofuel conversion

BY Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin—a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid—to create affordable biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

ORNL discovery could boost biofuel yields

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have discovered mutations in a structure of a key plant enzyme that was not previously known to exist. The discovery could help squeeze more potential out of poplar as a renewable resource for making biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

June 19, 2018

DOE: 31 projects will advance fundamental science for bioenergy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 18, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources. READ MORE

June 15, 2018

BASF invests in carbon recycling company LanzaTech

BY BASF Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBASF Venture Capital GmbH has announced plans to invest in LanzaTech. Using special microbes, LanzaTech has developed a technology for gas fermentation that first enables ethanol to be produced from residual gases. READ MORE

June 14, 2018

EU reaches deal on REDII, sets new goals for renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Senate ag committee restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate ag committee has approved its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that restores mandatory funding to Farm Bill Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

DuPont celebrates opening of Industrial Biosciences’ headquarters

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDuPont Industrial Biosciences officially opened the doors of its renovated global business headquarters June 8 in Wilmington, Delaware. This new center of technological innovation, known as Building E353, is part of DuPont’s Experimental Station. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

FEW recognizes Moore, Walker for contributions to fuel ethanol

BY Tim Albrecht and Erin Voegele Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsKristin Moore and Graeme Walker were recognized June 12 for their contributions to ethanol industry during the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha. Moore was presented with the High-Octane Award and Walker received the Award of Excellence. READ MORE

June 11, 2018

Neste, IKEA to produce PP and PE bioplastics

BY Neste Found In:ChemicalsIKEA and Neste are now able to utilize renewable residue and waste raw materials, such as used cooking oil, as well as sustainably-produced vegetable oils in the production of plastic products. The pilot at commercial scale starts during fall 2018. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

Senate’s 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry released its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on June 8. The bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs, but provides insufficient funding to ensure their success, according to the AgEC. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

Carbon utilization bill could create value for CO2 emissions

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., has introduced legislation would allow carbon utilization technologies and biogas production to access USDA loan guarantees, research programs and rural development loans. READ MORE

June 07, 2018

EPA to change how it considers costs, benefits of regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 7, the U.S. EPA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, announcing the agency is soliciting public input on whether and how to change the way it considers costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Ag committee members advocate for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 4, a group of eight members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry sent a letter to committee chair Sen. Pat Roberts and ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow expressing support for the Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

New machine learning approach could accelerate bioengineering

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to use machine learning to dramatically accelerate the design of microbes that produce biofuel. READ MORE

May 31, 2018

Purdue wins $1.8 million from DOE to solve biorefinery blockages

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team led by Purdue University scientists will receive a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to solve one of the biggest problems facing biorefinery operations—the flow of biomass into and throughout the facilities. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

Velocys discusses future plans, proposed Mississippi plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 23, Velocys plc released 2017 financial results, discussed its progress in shifting from a technology licensor to a renewable fuels company, and highlighted the commercial roll-out of its technology. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

UTIA wins DOE grant to advance biofuels, bioenergy

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture continue to be at the forefront of the development of commercial applications for biofuels as well as biobased energy and biobased products. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Ontario government invests in bioplastics, AD research

BY University of Guelph Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsTwo University of Guelph research collaborations for turning waste into new products and technologies will receive more than $6 million from the Ontario government. One project focuses on plastics, while the second focuses on AD technology. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Project shows advanced biofuels can be produced very efficiently

BY Chalmers University of Technology Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the Chalmers University of Technology say they can see an array of new technological achievements following 10 years of energy research into biomass gasification. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

House votes down 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 198 to 213 to defeat the 2018 Farm Bill. One day prior to the vote, members of the House defeated a proposed amendment by a vote of 75 to 340 that would have repealed the Farm Bill’s Energy Title. READ MORE

May 17, 2018

IRENA: Renewable energy industry employs 10.3 million

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has announced the renewables industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally last year, a 5.3 percent increase from 2016. Approximately 10.3 million are now employed by the renewable energy industry. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

Bioenergy, ag groups urge Congress to oppose House Farm Bill

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Biogas Council in conjunction with the Agriculture Energy Coalition and the Biomass Power Association is urging Congress to oppose H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

AEC urges House to oppose elimination of Farm Bill’s energy title

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 14, the Agriculture Energy Coalition sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing the elimination of a stand-alone energy title and exclusion of mandatory funding for energy programs in the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

BioAmber files for bankruptcy

BY BioAmber Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. announced May 4 that it has filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The company's two Canadian subsidiaries are taking similar action under Canada's bankruptcy laws. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

Total Corbion PLA develops full stereocomplex PLA

BY Total Corbion PLA Found In:ChemicalsTotal Corbion PLA has announced the launch of a novel technology that can create full stereocomplex PLA in a broad range of industrial applications. The technology enables PLA applications to withstand temperatures close to 200 degrees Celsius. READ MORE

May 10, 2018

BIO report profiles 100 renewable chemical technology companies

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a new report, “Renewable Chemical Platforms Building the Biobased Economy,” to document the rapid expansion of renewable chemical platforms and applications around the world. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Sweetwater, Graanul announce first commercial biorefinery

BY Sweetwater Energy Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSweetwater Energy and Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest will build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will produce clean cellulosic sugars and highly pure lignin from 50,000 tons of local hardwood each year. READ MORE