Biobased Chemical

November 30, 2017

BETO launches new Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, a research and development consortium focused on biomass supply, preprocessing, and conversion technologies. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

Deadline to submit IBCE presentations ideas set for Dec. 1

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe deadline for submitting speaker abstracts for the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo is end of day Dec. 1. The event is set to take place April 16-18 at the Cobb Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

Braskem, Haldor Topsoe sign partnership to develop biobased MEG

BY Braskem Found In:ChemicalsBraskem and Haldor Topsoe have signed a technological cooperation agreement to develop a pioneering route to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. The agreement calls for the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Sweetwater Energy brings lignin-based activated carbon to market

BY Sweetwater Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSweetwater Energy’s biomass conversion technology has produced native lignin that can be easily carbonized and activated to make high-end powdered activated carbons for the municipal potable water and home water filters markets. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Mimicking giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel

BY University of Pennsylvania Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo Penn researchers are collaborating to study how giant clams use sunlight in order to produce biofuels more efficiently. Their work could help improve photosynthesis in algae, enhancing the efficiency of biofuel production. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

New BioAmber CEO outlines near-term priorities to enable growth

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber appointed Richard Eno as its new CEO in September. During an earnings call, Eno described his near-term priorities for the company. First, he said the company will be focused on selling out the capacity of its Sarnia facility. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

VTT to develop enzymes found in wildfire-prone areas

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMicroorganisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India may be useful biochemical production because they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire, according to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. READ MORE

November 03, 2017

Bill aims to extend MLP benefits to renewables, clean energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D.-Calif., have reintroduced legislation that aims to level the playing field for clean energy. READ MORE

October 30, 2017

DOE schedules meeting of biomass advisory committee

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 on Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

FPInnovations purchases land at Technoparc de Montréal

BY Technoparc Montréal Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFPInnovations recently purchased land from Technoparc Montréal. The purchase is a first step toward building an integrated international biomaterials innovation center under FPInnovations' leadership. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

Bill aims to provide tax credits for biobased chemical production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsSen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., recently introduced legislation that aims to establish a short-term tax credit to support the production of renewable chemicals or investments in renewable chemical production facilities. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

BIO asks for reauthorization of Section 9003 program in Farm Bill

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization and 66 renewable chemical producers recently asked the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to reauthorize the Farm Bill’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Manufacturing Assistance Program. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Novomer to open new innovation center in New York

BY Novomer Inc. Found In:ChemicalsNovomer Inc. has announced plans to open a new innovation center in Rochester, New York. The facility—named the Novomer Innovation Center—is designed to meet the expanding demands of the company’s growing biobased chemicals business. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

UA to head new center focusing on biofuels and bioproducts

BY University of Arizona Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of Arizona has received a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new center focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern U.S. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day attracts record participation

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn honor of the Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day, 60 organizations across the United States and Canada are participating in events Oct. 18 to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of using organic materials to produce heat, power and fuels. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

BDI to construct innovative algae production plant in Austria

BY BDI-BioEnergy International AG Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsInternationally renowned company BDI-BioEnergy International, known for development and construction of biodiesel plants, takes the first step into implementation of an in-house developed algae technology, with its subsidiary BDI-BioLife Science. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Surgeonfish research may aid biofuel development

BY King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRed Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. These findings may provide a valuable genetic resource for biofuel research. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

ExxonMobil expanding New Jersey research facility

BY ExxonMobil Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExxonMobil recently announced that it has broken ground on the expansion of its research facility in Clinton, New Jersey, a key center of innovation that supports the company’s broad research and development programs. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

UK releases Clean Growth Strategy, plans next CfD auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. government has released its Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to cut carbon emissions while driving economic growth. As part of the announcement, the government confirmed up to £557 million for the next Contracts for Difference auction. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

WHOI awarded $5.7 million to advance seaweed energy production

BY Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution was awarded $5.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for two projects to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels and biobased chemicals. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

DOE awards Danforth Center $16 million to enhance sorghum

BY Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Donald Danforth Plant Science Center recently announced a 5-year $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The research aims to accelerate development of elite energy sorghum varieties for production under marginal environments. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

Gevo collaborates with national labs on fuel, ETO projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 9, Gevo Inc. announced two collaborations with the U.S. Department of Energy’s national labs. One collaboration aims develop missile fuel while the other aims to optimize Gevo's ethanol-to-olefins catalyst performance. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Ames Laboratory announces new science in converting biomass

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Ames Laboratory are experimenting with chemical reactions that decompose lignin models at low temperatures and pressures. The team is combining the decomposition and stabilization processes into one multi-functional catalyst. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Velocys discusses future plans in financial report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has released financial results for the first half of 2017, providing an overview of key milestones and a discussion of its new strategy as a renewable fuels company that aims to produce jet fuel and diesel fuel. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Energy Conference focuses on profitable energy independence

BY Huggins Consulting Group LLC Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCompetitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group of nearly 150 thought leaders, industry representatives, researchers and suppliers convened at the Energy Conference in Iowa Sept. 11-13. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

CSU shares in project to advance algae for better biofuels

BY Colorado State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsColorado State University scientists are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

MSU research to harness algae to contain power plant emissions

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMichigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project is funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

Brookhaven Lab: With extra sugar, leaves get fat too

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn a new study at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, scientists show that retaining sugars in plant leaves can make them get fat. That extra fat could help turn plants into factories for making biofuels and chemicals. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

DOE publishes report on algae cultivation for carbon capture

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently published the Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop Summary Report. This summary report shares the results of stakeholder discussions held in May. READ MORE