Biobased Chemical

November 03, 2014

ABO announces new board chair, vice chair

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization has announced that Tim Burns, cofounder and board member of BioProcess Algae LLC, has been appointed chair and Martin Sabarsky, CEO of Cellana Inc. has been appointed vice chair of the organization's board of directors. READ MORE

November 03, 2014

Opinion: Hurry Up and Wait

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOD is the single largest user of energy in the world, spending nearly $20 billion annually on heat, power and liquid fuels. READ MORE

October 31, 2014

Virent, PlantPET Technology Collaborative announce agreement

BY Virent Inc. Found In:ChemicalsVirent Inc. and the PlantPET Technology Collaborative recently announced that the parties have signed an expression of interest that provides individual members of the PTC an option on preferred access to Virent's 100 percent plant-based BioFormPX. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

JBEI researchers boost biogasoline production in microbes

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified microbial genes that can improve both the tolerance and the production of biogasoline in engineered strains of Escherichia coli. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

Researchers win funding for miscanthus, sorghum research

BY University of Illinois Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo University of Illinois crop sciences researchers interested in improving plant feedstocks for bioenergy production were selected to receive funding from the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

Researchers transform toxic waste into green energy

BY Concordia University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHow can a struggling industry like pulp and paper in Canada be revived? According to Damien Biot-Pelletier, a Concordia doctoral candidate in biology, the answer lies in synthetic biology. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

In Depth: Advanced Biofuels’ Beltway Crusader

BY Tim PortzFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMike McAdams discusses work on Capitol Hill, founding of the Advanced Biofuels Association and the importance of engaging in the ongoing public debate about renewable fuels. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Novozymes announces increased bioenergy sales in Q3 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNovozymes recently released third quarter financial results, reporting a 9 percent organic sales growth for the quarter. During the first nine months of the year, sales grew organically by 8 percent. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

In Depth: Toughing Out Turbulence

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA concentrated group of serious industry players committed to the advanced biofuel and chemical industry gathered downtown Minneapolis in mid-October, for an intimate discussion of policy issues, progress, new technologies and the industry’s outlook. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Lygos Inc. receives two grants for microbial technology projects

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ChemicalsLygos Inc., a company that evolved from the U.S. DOE's Joint BioEnergy Institute, recently received two grants from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research program. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Enerkem announces partnerships with 3 Chinese companies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. announced agreements with three Chinese companies in October. Under each agreement, Enerkem is expected to license its waste-to-biofuel technology. The final business structure and sites for each project have not been disclosed. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

EPA funds student bioenergy projects under P3 program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA recently awarded funding to 42 student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental problems as part of its People, Prosperity and Plant program. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

New catalyst could improve biofuels production

BY Washington State University, Tina Hilding Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently. It is made of iron with a tiny amount of rare palladium. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

Cooper Tire begins testing tires made with guayule

BY Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Found In:ChemicalsCooper Tire & Rubber Co. has completed tire builds using rubber derived from guayule plants and new guayule related materials. The tires are being evaluated by Cooper's technical team using rigorous wheel, road and track tests. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

CBiRC helps ISU researchers launch startup companies

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biobased Foundry, established by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University, is helping researchers launch startup companies. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

LSU AgCenter releases sweet sorghum production guide

BY Louisiana State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo help guide commercial production of Sweet sorghum, the Louisiana State University AgCenter has released the Sweet Sorghum Production Guide. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

National Bioenergy Day events held nationwide

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn and around Oct. 22, nearly 50 coordinated events in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the second annual National Bioenergy Day. Events feature collaborations by the U.S. Forest Service, governments, universities and bioenergy businesses. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for feedstock research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to award up to $14 million to support the development of landscape design approaches for cellulosic feedstocks that enhance environmental and socio-economic sustainability. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Biobased materials, chemicals attract significant investment

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract $974 million in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The investment represents a 28 percent increase from last year. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Total supplying racing fuel containing Gevo's biobased isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. announced that it is selling renewable isooctane to Total for formulation into Formula 1 racing fuel. Gevo's renewable isobutanol from Luverne, Minnesota, is being converted into bio-isooctane at its biorefinery at South Hampton Resources. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Abengoa celebrates grand opening of cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 17, Abengoa celebrated the grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Construction on the 25 MMgy facility was completed in mid-August and ethanol production commenced in late September. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Researchers pump up oil accumulation in plant leaves

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIncreasing the oil content of plant biomass could help fulfill the nation's increasing demand for renewable energy feedstocks. But many of the details of how plant leaves make and break down oils have remained a mystery. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

ISU researchers turn to robotics to study plant growth

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Deinove teams with MBI to develop AFEX/Deinol cellulosic ethanol

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA French cellulosic technology utilizing Deinococcus bacteria is being teamed up with Michigan State University's ammonia-based pretreatment technology, AFEX. Deinove SA and MBI have formed a partnership to demonstrate the paired technologies. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

ExxonMobil supports ISU biofuel research

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExxonMobil Corp. is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Studies steadily advance cellulosic ethanol prospects

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service, Ann Perry Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the USDA. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Discovery of cellular snooze button advances biofuel research

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of cancer. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

USDA report highlights potential of the biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a report that synthesizes current literature and explores opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy. The report, titled "Why Biobased?" is a precursor to a more comprehensive economic study expected to be released soon. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

DOE awards $$13.4 million to develop biofuels, bioproducts

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from biomass. READ MORE