Biobased Chemical

March 13, 2014

Publication identifies promising locations for algae projects

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new publication from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in partnership with Sapphire Energy, highlights a new process for rigorously identifying and evaluating sites for commercial algae production facilities. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Minn. bills to incentivize biofuel, biochemicals, biomass thermal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create a capital equipment loan program renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels, and production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal energy. READ MORE

March 05, 2014

NJ company unveils low-cost CO2-to-chemical process

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:ChemicalsA new process to convert carbon dioxide to chemicals has been unveiled by New Jersey-based Liquid Light Corp. The core technology uses low-energy catalytic electrochemistry to convert CO2 to chemicals, combined with hydrogenation and purification. READ MORE

March 05, 2014

Budget proposal extends biofuel tax credit, cuts oil subsidies

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal released March 4, calls for extending a tax credit for cellulosic biofuels and puts forward the idea of cutting billions in fossil fuel subsidies. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Amyris reports reduced farnesene production costs in 2013 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released its fourth quarter and full year 2013 financial results. The company reported total revenues of $41.12 million for the year, down from $73.69 million in 2012. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Solazyme reports fourth quarter and full year 2013 results

BY Solazyme Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, has announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2013. Solayzme CEO Jonathan Wolfson called 2013 a year of great progress for the company. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Duckweed genes left exposed for future biofuel research

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGreater Duckweed, which holds potential for biofuel production, had its genes analyzed by Rutgers University researchers. Although the plant is fairly small, it is ranked as one of the fastest growing plants. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

Lignocellulose shown to have potential in bioplastic production

BY Wageningen University Found In:ChemicalsChemical building blocks from lignocellulosic feedstock form a huge potential for the production of bioplastics. More specifically, they have potential for biodegradable plastic polylactic acid((PLA). READ MORE

February 25, 2014

Chromatin announces production of farnesene in sorghum

BY Chromatin Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChromatin Inc. has announced that it has created sorghum plants containing elevated levels of the energy-rich compound farnesene. The milestone achievement was supported in part by the U.S. DOE's ARPA-E program Plants Engineered To Replace Oil. READ MORE

February 24, 2014

Carbon sequestration not so simple in biomass crop production

BY USDA, Ann Perry Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFindings at the USDA are providing information about the soil carbon dynamics that play a crucial role in lifecycle assessments of bioenergy production. These studies at support the USDA priority of developing new new sources of bioenergy. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

NREL: Unique bioreactor finds algae's sweet spot

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA unique bioreactor at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can help find the ideal locations for farms to produce algae that could someday compete with renewable diesel, cellulosic ethanol, and other petroleum alternatives. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

Butamax, Gevo patent infringement case returning to court

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC's patent infringement case against Gevo Inc. will return to U.S. District Court for trial, as ordered by Judge Sue L. Robinson on Feb. 18. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

University of York wins funding to develop biobased polymers

BY University of York Found In:ChemicalsScientists at the University of York are to lead a new government-backed research project to investigate the potential conversion of waste biomass and waste carbon dioxide into safer and more sustainable raw materials. READ MORE

February 19, 2014

Proterro receives patent on unique photobioreactor

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsProterro Inc.'s latest patent is on its way to being finalized. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice of allowance to Proterro for a device patent covering the company's proprietary photobioreactor. READ MORE

February 18, 2014

Cereplast files voluntary petition for Chapter 11 protection

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsOn Feb. 17, Cereplast Inc. announced it has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to strengthen its balance sheet, clean up its capitalization structure and gain financial flexibility as it continues to realign its operations. READ MORE

February 14, 2014

Magna partners with Italian company on bioplastics for vehicles

BY Magna International Inc. Found In:ChemicalsMagna International Inc., a global automotive supplier, and bio-on, an Italian intellectual property company, have signed a cooperation agreement to start exclusive research and development activities on the use of bioplastics in automobiles. READ MORE

February 13, 2014

University of Greenwich leads algae biorefinery project

BY University of Greenwich Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of Greenwich is leading an international project to develop the microalga Dunaliella as a sustainable raw material that captures carbon dioxide and can grow in some of the world's harshest environments. READ MORE

February 12, 2014

Approach identifies biofuel sources that don't require farmland

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile the debate over using crops for fuel continues, scientists are now reporting a new, fast approach to develop biofuel in a way that doesn't require removing valuable farmland from the food production chain. READ MORE

February 11, 2014

ADM invests in Rennovia

BY Archer Daniels Midland Co. Found In:ChemicalsArcher Daniels Midland Co. has committed to a $25 million equity investment in Rennovia Inc., privately held company that develops catalysts and processes for the cost-advantaged production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks. READ MORE

February 10, 2014

AVA Biochem produces renewable 5-HMF

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsSwitzerland-based AVA Biochem recently announced it has begun production of renewable 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) at its Biochem-1 facility in Muttenz, Switzerland. The facility can currently produce up to 20 metric tons of the chemical annually. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

Obama signs Farm Bill, announces Made in Rural America initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill into law during a Feb. 7 ceremony at Michigan State University. During his speech, Obama also announced the launch of a new "Made in Rural America" export and investment initiative. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo to address Farm Bill

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe passage of the Farm Bill will positively impact the biomass industry and help to spur on additional development of renewable energy, according to several leading biomass companies and organizations that praised the long-awaited bill. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

DOE offers $12 million to fund biobased carbon fiber research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office has opened a $12 million funding opportunity for renewable carbon fibers. The aim is to develop a cost-competitive pathway to produce high-performance biobased carbon fiber. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

Versalis, Elevance partner to scale a new metathesis technology

BY Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. Found In:ChemicalsVersalis and Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic partnership to jointly develop and scale a new metathesis technology to produce biochemicals from vegetable oils. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

Cropping systems can produce food, fuel, and other benefits

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCropping systems that are profitable for farmers and balance societal needs for food, feed, fuel, energy and clean air and water are the focus and challenge of Iowa State University's Landscape Biomass Project. READ MORE

February 06, 2014

ABO updates standards for measuring algae industry operations

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization announced the publication of "Industrial Algae Measurements, Version 6.0" (IAM 6.0), a significant update to the common standards established by the organization for measuring and comparing algae industry operations. READ MORE

February 06, 2014

Leaf Energy announces preliminary results of pilot-scale trial

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaf Energy Ltd. recently announced it has received a preliminary report from Andritz AG outlining the results of a pilot-scale trial of Leaf Energy's Glycell Process, a glycerol pretreatment process, at the Andritz pilot plant in Springfield, Ohio. READ MORE

February 05, 2014

Elevance selects URS to provide EPC services for Miss. plant

BY Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. Found In:ChemicalsElevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has selected URS Corp. to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for its biorefinery in Natchez, Miss. URS will convert Elevance's existing biodiesel plant into a new biorefinery. READ MORE

February 05, 2014

Rabobank predicts increased European bioplastic production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe Netherlands-based Rabobank recently published a report that indicates European demand for bioplastics could require 1.2 million metric tons of sugar by 2020, up from 110,000 metric tons last year. READ MORE

February 05, 2014

OSU receives grant to investigate redcedar, biofuels and water

BY Oklahoma State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEastern redcedar trees are extremely invasive, are an incredible fire danger, and large, open-grown trees can use upwards of 42 gallons of water a day during the summer. However, removed invasive trees could serve as a biofuel feestock. READ MORE