Biobased Chemical

November 13, 2014

Gevo reports progress at ethanol, isobutanol plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExciting progress is being made at Gevo Inc.'s Luverne, Minnesota, renewable fuel plant, and also within the company's recent commercial activities, Gevo CEO Pat Gruber reported during the company's third quarter conference call. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

New versatile process efficiently converts biomass to liquid fuel

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPurdue University researchers have demonstrated a new process to convert all biomass into liquid fuel, and the method could make possible mobile processing plants. The new method is called fast-hydropyrolysis-hydrodeoxygenation. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

Digestion strategy in shipworms holds potential for biofuels

BY Northeastern University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn international research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs at Northeastern University, has discovered a novel digestive strategy in shipworms that could benefit biofuel development. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

Xylome, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation reach deal on yeast

BY Xylome Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsXylome Corp. has signed licensing and equity agreements with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to develop and market unconventional yeasts with the power to transform tough biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

BioAmber's Sarnia facility nears mechanical completion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. recently released financial results for the third quarter, reporting development of the company's biorefinery in Sarnia, Ontario, is progressing on time and on budget. The facility is expected to be mechanically complete in early 2015. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

Enerkem, AkzoNobel partner to explore development in Europe

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. recently announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

REG discusses renewable diesel, chemicals during Q3 call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenewable Energy Group Inc. recently released financial results for the third quarter, reporting revenues of $384.3 million. In addition to producing biodiesel, the company has expanded its operations into renewable diesel and biobased chemicals. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

ABO expands carbon utilization campaign

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization has unveiled a new website as part of its campaign to persuade the U.S. EPA to recognize carbon capture and utilization technologies as approved emissions reduction strategies under its new power plant regulations. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

Perstorp steps up investment in bioplastics market

BY Perstorp Found In:ChemicalsPerstorp is stepping up its investment into the fast growing bioplastics market. World demand is expected to continue to grow at over 20 percent per year for the foreseeable future, said the company. The investments include a pilot plant in the U.K. READ MORE

November 10, 2014

Ensyn initiates generation, sale of cellulosic RINs

BY Ensyn Corp. Found In:Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnsyn Corp. has initiated the generation and sale of its first renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The company also announced its RINs have also been quality assurance plan certified. READ MORE

November 07, 2014

Metabolix outlines new strategic plan in Q3 investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsMetabolix Inc. has released third quarter financial results and reported it is implementing a strategic plan to reshape the company into an operation more focused on specialty biopolymers. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

Solayzyme shifts focus to lower-volume, higher-value products

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc. recently released third quarter earnings, anticipating total revenue for the year just north of $60 million, up more than 50 percent from 2013. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

Amyris reports record revenue from renewable products

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting record renewable product revenue of $11.5 million. Record revenue and lowered production cost resulted in the first quarter of positive product gross margin. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

Rentech closes on sale of alternative energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 4, Rentech Inc. announced it has closed on the sale of its alternative energy technologies to Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group Co. Ltd. for a total of $15.3 million. The transaction was first announced in March. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

LBNL startup Afingen uses precision method to enhance plants

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBy manipulating a plant's metabolic pathways, two scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have figured out a way to genetically rewire plants to allow for an exceptionally high level of control over the spatial pattern of gene expression. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

NREL: Reviving algae from the (almost) dead

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTucked away in darkness and almost dead, algae can emerge from a frigid and foggy environment to live again, and perhaps even become the seeds for a new beginning that can provide biofuel for a clean energy future. READ MORE

November 05, 2014

DuPont reports growth for Industrial Biosciences division

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDuPont recently released third quarter financial results, reporting a 20 percent increase in operating earnings per share. The company's Industrial Biosciences segment experienced a 4 percent increase in operating earnings for the quarter. READ MORE

November 05, 2014

Biosuccinium earns USDA certified biobased product label

BY Reverdia Found In:ChemicalsReverdia has earned the USDA certified biobased product label for its Biosuccinium bio-succinic acid. The label verifies that the product's amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA. READ MORE

November 05, 2014

Corbion Purac to construct PLA plant in Thailand

BY Corbion Purac Found In:ChemicalsCorbion Purac has announced plans to take the next step in the bioplastics value chain by becoming a polylactic acid (PLA) producer with the development of a proposed 75,000 ton-per-year plant in Thailand. READ MORE

November 05, 2014

NatureWorks announces $2.5 million DOE grant

BY NatureWorks Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsThe U.S. Energy Department recently announced a grant of up to $2.5 million to NatureWorks in support of an ongoing program that aims to sequester and use methane as a feedstock for the company's Ingeo biopolymers and intermediates. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Industry remembers contributions of Rosenthal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization has announced that Mary Rosenthal, ABO's first executive director, passed away on Nov. 1 after a battle with cancer. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison, David Tenenbaum Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have disclosed a new method to convert lignin into simple chemicals. The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum-based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Requiem for Mary Rosenthal

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsI offer a personal remembrance for one of the biomass industry's own, Mary Rosenthal, upon hearing the news of her passing. READ MORE

November 03, 2014

Muradel produces crude oil from algae at demonstration plant

BY Muradel Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenewable fuels company Muradel has launched Australia's first integrated demonstration plant to sustainably convert algae into green crude. The $10.7 million demonstration plant was officially opened Oct. 31. READ MORE

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