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December 24, 2015

USDA to request extension of residue, biomass field study

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has published a notice announcing its intention to request a revision and extension of a currently approved information collection for a residue and biomass field survey. READ MORE

December 24, 2015

IFPEN, Axens to expand involvement with Anellotech

BY Anellotech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAnellotech, IFP Energies nouvelles and Axens have completed construction on a development and testing plant for the Bio-TCAT process, a thermal catalytic process to produce biobased aromatics. Anellotech will now commence onsite installation. READ MORE

December 23, 2015

DOE awards $13.5 million to enhance sorghum for biofuel

BY Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced that it will be part of a major collaborative research project to improve sorghum's productivity under resource-limited conditions. The research is funded by the the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

December 21, 2015

Obama signs spending bill, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 18, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders into law. The legislation includes two-year extensions of several tax credits that benefit the bioenergy sector. READ MORE

December 21, 2015

Reverdia, Omnia sign agreement on Biosuccinium

BY Reverdia Found In:ChemicalsReverdia and Protea Chemicals, a division of Omnia, recently announced an agreement to distribute Biosuccinium in Africa and Australia, as well as for potential investment in and off-take from future Biosuccinium plants. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

Congress passes spending bill, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMembers of Congress have passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders that includes two-year extensions of tax credits that benefit biofuels and bioenergy. President Obama is expected to sign the bill. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

DOE: Ethanol-to-hydrocarbon technology moves forward

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOak Ridge National Laboratory published an article in Scientific Reports on its new method to directly convert biomass-derived ethanol to a hydrocarbon blendstock and is continuing work with Vertimass LLC to commercialize it. READ MORE

December 17, 2015

New catalyst paves way for biobased plastics, chemicals

BY Tina Hilding, Washington State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts biobased ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, biobased plastics and products. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

Legislation aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFederal lawmakers have released the text of a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the U.S. government through October 2016. An accompanying legislative package of tax extenders aims to extend certain bioenergy tax incentives for two years. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

Chempolis, Avantha partner to offer cellulosic technology

BY Chempolis Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChempolis Ltd. has entered into partnership with Avantha Group's research wing Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development to offer technology to India to extract ethanol from various agricultural residues. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

Shell: IH2 technology demonstration plant to be built

BY Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd. Found In:ChemicalsShell India Markets Pvt Ltd. will proceed with the installation of a 5 metric ton per day IH2 technology demonstration plant on the site of its new technology center in Bangalore, India. SIMPL will build, operate and own the plant. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

HeidelbergCement, Joule announce partnership

BY Joule Unlimited Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJoule and HeidelbergCement have announced a partnership to explore application of Joule's technology to mitigate carbon emissions in cement manufacturing. The partnership could result colocation of Joule's technology at HeidelbergCement sites. READ MORE

December 15, 2015

Metabolic pathway in cyanobacteria could yield better biofuels

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds. READ MORE

December 14, 2015

University of Illinois awarded grant to support sorghum research

BY University of Illinois Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of Illinois has been awarded a 3-year, $5 million grant from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy as part of its OPEN 2015 funding initiative. The research team intends to increase the water use efficiency of sorghum. READ MORE

December 11, 2015

DuPont, Dow plan to merge then split into 3 independent companies

BY The Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDuPont and The Dow Chemical Co. have announced plans to combine in an all-stock merger of equals into DowDuPont. The parties intend to subsequently pursue a separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

USDA announces loan guarantee for Ensyn RFO project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee to help build a 20 MMgy cellulosic biorefinery under development by an affiliate of Ensyn Corp. in Georgia. The facility will produce a renewable fuel oil product. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

Laurel Biocomposite earns USDA biobased label for 3 products

BY Laurel BioComposite LLC Found In:ChemicalsLaurel BioComposite LLC has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its Bio-Res PLA with 97 percent biobased content; Bio-Res PE with 62 percent biobased content and Bio-Res powder with 100 percent biobased content. READ MORE

December 09, 2015

New way to make yeast hybrids may inspire new brews, biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe makers of beer, wine, biofuels and other products that depend on yeasts may soon have many more strains of the microorganism to work with, thanks to a new method for making interspecies yeast hybrids in the lab. READ MORE

December 09, 2015

New dual-purpose bioenergy, forage crop set for release

BY Kay Ledbette, Texas A&M AgriLife Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRuss Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid "similar to seedless watermelons, seedless grapes and other sterile triploid crops." READ MORE

December 08, 2015

ICPB applies for patent for biobased MEG manufacturing process

BY Iowa Corn Promotion Board Found In:ChemicalsThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published a patent application (U.S. 2015/0329449) from the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for a production method using corn in the industrial manufacturing of a raw material called monoethylene glycol (MEG). READ MORE

December 04, 2015

DOE to host bioenergy webinar for educators

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will hold a live webinar titled "Integrating Bioenergy into the 9th-12th Grade Classroom," on Dec. 10. According to the DOE, the webinar is part of the BioenergizeME Office Hours webinar series. READ MORE

December 03, 2015

European Commission adopts Circular Economy Package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission has announced the adoption of a new Circular Economy Package that aims to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy. The effort has been criticized for its lack of mandatory food collection. READ MORE

December 02, 2015

Green Biologics starts construction of renewable chemical plant

BY Green Biologics Inc. Found In:ChemicalsGreen Biologics Ltd. is moving forward with the construction of its 100 percent renewable, biobased n-butanol and acetone manufacturing facility in Little Falls, Minnesota. Commercial operations are scheduled to begin next year. READ MORE

December 02, 2015

Invista, LanzaTech sign agreement for biobased butadiene

BY LanzaTech Found In:ChemicalsInvista and LanzaTech have signed a joint development agreement to collaborate on projects to develop one-step and two-step technologies to convert industrial waste gas carbon monoxide into butadiene. Initial commercialization is expected in 2016. READ MORE

December 02, 2015

Solvay Epicerol earns RSB certification

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:ChemicalsSolvay subsidiary Advanced Biochemical Thailand Co. Ltd. has received certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials for the production of Epicerol, a biobased building block for renewable chemicals and resins. READ MORE

December 01, 2015

Agreement to address climate change under negotiation in Paris

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThis week, President Obama traveled to Paris to join nearly 200 nations for the COP21 global conference on climate change. Coinciding with the conference, was the announcement that Obama and 19 other world leaders launched "Mission Innovation." READ MORE

December 01, 2015

Bioenergy projects receive DOE ARPA-E grants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced that the U.S. DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded $125 million to 41 energy technology projects, four of which involve bioenergy or biomass. READ MORE

November 27, 2015

Sequencing algae’s genome may aid biofuel production

BY University of Washington Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Washington scientists have sequenced the complete genetic makeup a type of ancient algae. It is the second time that researchers have sequenced the genome of one of these ecologically important and plentiful algae, known as haptophytes. READ MORE

November 25, 2015

Ontario program to boost industrial bioproduct development

BY Ontario Centres of Excellence Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOntario Centres of Excellence and the Agricultural Adaptation Council are fostering innovation in the province's growing agri-based industrial bioproducts sector through the $3 million Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts R&D Challenge launched Nov. 9. READ MORE

November 23, 2015

Genomatica, Braskem produce biobased butadiene at lab scale

BY Genomatica Found In:ChemicalsGenomatica and Braskem announced they have been successfully producing butadiene at lab scale since June 2015, using their direct, biobased process. The companies are jointly developing a commercial process for the on-purpose production of butadiene. READ MORE