Biobased Chemical

March 11, 2015

ISU, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA partnership between Iowa State University and the City of Cedar Rapids will explore opportunities for expanding the success of the region's agricultural and bioprocessing industries. READ MORE

March 10, 2015

Lygos completes pilot-scale production of malonic acid

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ChemicalsLygos Inc., an industrial biotechnology company, recently announced that it has successfully achieved pilot-scale production of malonic acid from sugar. Malonic acid is a high-value specialty chemical useful for production of a variety of products. READ MORE

March 10, 2015

2015 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo agenda released

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe 2015 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 140 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. The event takes place June 1-4 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

March 10, 2015

Gevo sells renewable jet fuel to NASA

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has purchased Gevo's renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for aviation use at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. READ MORE

March 06, 2015

Miscanthus ethanol increases environmental benefits, profits

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover. The fast-growing energy grass miscanthus was the clear winner. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

REG reports progress with renewable diesel, chemical operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Renewable Energy Group Inc. has released 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $1.27 billion, down 15 percent from 2013. Net income was $82.5 million, compared to $186.37 million the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA was $107.8 million in 2014. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

NREL refines method to convert lignin to nylon precursor

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:ChemicalsA new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Step change for screening could boost biofuels

BY Institute of Food Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels. The technique could also aid in the search for new ways of deriving valuable renewable chemicals. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Emergent Technologies Institute breaks ground

BY Leo A Daly Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFlorida Gulf Cost University officials recently held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Emergent Technologies Institute, a new research campus that will team academics and private sector partners to study and incubate renewable energy technology. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

The (Not-So) Great Garbage Patches

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWe must continue developing new technologies that will use our waste—not just plastic— in different ways, including energy and fuel purposes. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

DOE updates announcement for biomass advisory committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy updated its notice for the recently announced meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting will now take place as a webinar on March 5. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Solazyme highlights algal oil facilities in 2014 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc. released its 2014 quarter four and full-year results on Feb. 26, reporting that although 2014 was a challenging year, the company is excited about the opportunities in the coming year. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Metabolic path to improved biofuel production

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute have found a way to increase the production of fuels and other chemicals from biomass fermented by yeast by introducing new metabolic pathways into the yeast. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Global Bioenergies produces isobutene from waste biomass

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGlobal Bioenergies recently announced it has produced second generation isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources. The company originally worked with first-generation feedstocks to develop its process. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi dead at age 58

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGuido Ghisolfi, 58, leader of Mossi & Ghisolfi Group died March 3. "He was suffering from severe depression and yesterday this resulted in his untimely passing close to his home in Tortona, Northern Italy," said a statement from the company. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

USDA announces $8.7 million BRDI funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced it is now accepting applications for research and education grants through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Approximately $8.7 million in grants are expected to be awarded through the program. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Total invests in Renmatix, signs joint development agreement

BY Renmatix Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenmatix has announced an investment by the New Energies Division of Total, and the signing of a joint development agreement. Under the agreement, the companies will utilize Renmatix's Plantrose process with specific feedstocks. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

USDA publishes final BCAP rule

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Although the general scope of BCAP is not changing, there are some key changes being made to several components of the program. A public comment period is now open. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

GLBRC files 100th patent application

BY Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy, recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

DOE announces biomass advisory committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will be held March 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

Australia funds pilot-scale biomass pyrolysis project

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $5.2 million funding for Renergi to design and construct an innovative pilot scale biofuel production facility Perth. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Byogy Renewables, Gen 2 Energy enter partnership agreement

BY Byogy Renewables Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsByogy Renewables, a biofuels producer based in San Jose, California, has executed a strategic partnership agreement with Gen 2 Energy, an alternative energy company from Ames, Iowa, to develop a more cost-effective biofuel production process. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Comet Biorefining secures funding led by Sofinnova Partners

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsComet Biorefining Inc. announces the closing of a funding round led by Sofinnova Partners. Comet will use the proceeds to complete the design of its commercial facility, expand the team and continue to develop commercial partnerships. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more

BY University of California, Riverside Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Maverick Synfuels announces Maverick Oasis product line

BY Maverick Synfuels Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsMaverick Synfuels has announced the availability of the Maverick Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid methanol plant product line. These plants convert biogas from sources such as anaerobic digesters and landfills into higher value methanol. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Merrick designs, commissions pilot algae project

BY Merrick & Co. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMerrick & Co. was engaged by Genifuel Corp. to provide the design and commissioning of a hydrothermal processing pilot system for Reliance Industries Ltd. Merrick was responsible for the design of the facility. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

New catalyst to create chemical building blocks from biomass

BY University of Tokyo Found In:ChemicalsUniversity of Tokyo researchers have developed a novel selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass instead of petroleum. This discovery may lead to the use of biomass as a feedstock for the chemical industry. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Amyris: 2014 was a transformative year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released financial results for 2014. During an investor call, John Melo, president and CEO of the company, called 2014 a transformative year for Amyris, noting the company manufactured two breakthrough molecules at industrial scale. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Report provides overview of European biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Information Network provides an overview of the EU biobased economy and estimated biomass requirements for the production of biofuels, bioplastics, biochemicals and other products. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Greenbelt Resources offers commercial-scale feedstock testing

BY Greenbelt Resources Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGreenbelt Resources Corp. has launched an innovative program offering use of its operating commercial-scale facility to third parties for feedstock feasibility testing services. The services are available confidentially. READ MORE