Biobased Chemical

June 16, 2014

USDA announces funding for 2 Farm Bill bioenergy programs

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA also announced the availability of its new Bioeconomy Tool Shed. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Ceres begins field evaluations of its biotech traits in sugarcane

BY Ceres Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. will evaluate a number of its biotech traits in sugarcane in South America. Plantings were recently completed and preliminary performance observations will be available by the end of the year. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Cornell University center funds 4 bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCornell University's David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future has awarded $1.4 million from its Academic Venture Fund to 12 new university projects, including several related to biomass and bioenergy production. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

York scientists provide new insights into biomass breakdown

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the University of York are playing a key role in the quest for a better understanding of how a recently discovered family of enzymes can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

USDA to accept applications for BCAP matching payments

BY Anna Simet and Erin Voegele Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has published a notice of funds availability for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the notice, the USDA will provide $12.5 million in BCAP matching payments this year, with $12.5 million spent on technical assistance. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

FEW: Ball, Dunn receive awards in Indianapolis

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe cream of the crop were recognized at the 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Indianapolis on June 10. Lars Dunn received the Award of Excellence and Shirley Ball received the High Octane Award. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

Agriculture to rely on drones despite regulatory lag

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUAS hold great promise in agriculture, but the FAA is lagging in its understanding of how important drones are becoming to farmers, and in developing regulations, according to panelists at the Emerging Corn Production Technologies and Science Forum. READ MORE

June 09, 2014

Corn forum: Stover market emergence tipping forward

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe collection and handling of corn stover was the focus of a panel discussion at the Emerging Corn Production Technologies and Science Forum, an event collocated with the 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

June 09, 2014

Grant supports scale-up of AFEX cellulosic pretreatment process

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Program for the Bio-Economy has awarded funding to support the scale-up of a cellulosic pretreatment technology, with the goal of making it more broadly available for consumer use. READ MORE

June 06, 2014

Trade mission to Peru to address biomass, biofuel opportunities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration is organizing a renewable energy and energy efficiency trade mission to Peru in November that will promote the export competitiveness of U.S. technologies. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

UGA researchers engineer microbes that convert biomass to fuel

BY University of Georgia Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew research from the University of Georgia allows the direct conversion of switchgrass to fuel. The research group engineered a synthetic pathway into a microorganism that allows it to produce ethanol directly from biomass. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Genera Energy COO to speak at Fuel Ethanol Workshop

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsKeith Brazzell, chief operating officer of Genera Energy Inc., is scheduled to speak at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo June 9-12 in Indianapolis. He will discuss the company's biomass feedstock supply solutions. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

USU researchers: Algae biofuel can help meet energy demand

BY Utah State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMicroalgae-based biofuel not only has the potential to quench a sizable chunk of the world's energy demands, say Utah State University researchers, it's a potential game-changer. READ MORE

June 04, 2014

Enerkem holds grand opening at Edmonton waste-to-biofuels plant

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem officially celebrated bringing its first commercial-scale waste-to-biofuels plant online in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 4. The facility is currently undergoing commissioning, with that process expected to be complete within days. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Deinove announces agreements with Abengoa, Suez Environnement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 3, France-based Deinove announced a collaboration agreement with Abengoa and a separate research and development agreement with Suez Environnement Group. The company is developing a bacterial platform for biofuel and biochemical production. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Texas A&M study: Bioenergy sorghum could help with GHG emissions

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy sorghum may offer more than another energy supply; it may offer a "sink" for greenhouse gases, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study funded by the AgriLife Research Cropping Systems bioenergy program and a USDA grant. READ MORE

May 29, 2014

Solazyme Bunge renewable oils plant begins commercial production

BY Solazyme Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme, Inc. announced May 29 that its joint venture with Bunge Global Innovation LLC has successfully produced its first commercially saleable products on full-scale production lines at the joint venture's plant in Brazil. READ MORE

May 27, 2014

Lund University buys pretreatment reactor from AdvanceBio Systems

BY AdvanceBio Systems LLC Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Chemical Engineering at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, has selected AdvanceBio Systems LLC's SuPR2G Pretreatment Reactor to conduct basic research and development activities related to the production of biobased fuels chemicals. READ MORE

May 23, 2014

Segetis plans commercial-scale renewable chemical plant in Minn.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsSegetis Inc. is preparing to break ground on a commercial-scale facility at the Laskin Energy Park in Hoyt Lakes, Minn. In late April, Minnesota's Iron Range Resource and Rehabilitation Board approved $21.1 million in funding to support the project. READ MORE

May 23, 2014

Minn. funds 5 biofuel and bioenergy projects, thermal RFP soon

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture has named five in-state bioenergy projects as recipients of NextGen Energy grants. The projects include those in the biofuel, bioenergy and biochemical sectors. READ MORE

May 23, 2014

Roadmap shows how to improve lignocellulosic biofuel production

BY Georgia Tech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhen making cellulosic ethanol from plants, one problem is what to do with a woody agricultural waste product called lignin. The old adage in the pulp industry has been that one can make anything from lignin except money. READ MORE

May 22, 2014

USDA to offer BCAP funding

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced support for agriculture producers and energy facilities working to turn renewable biomass materials into clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 22, 2014

Biobased chemicals get boost from shale gas boom

BY IHS Inc. Found In:ChemicalsLong used as starting materials for shampoos and detergents, biobased chemicals now attracting interest as drop-in replacements for petroleum-based commodity chemicals READ MORE

May 21, 2014

BioNitrogen holds ribbon cutting ceremony at Florida plant site

BY BioNitrogen Holdings Corp. Found In:ChemicalsBioNitrogen Holdings Corp. recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the site of its initial plant in Hendry County, Fla. The facility will utilize the company's patented technology to convert biomass into urea fertilizer. READ MORE

May 20, 2014

Draft appropriations bill aims to cut funding for BCAP, REAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe House Appropriations Committee has released its fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, which aims to reduce funding levels for several Farm Bill Energy Title programs. A subcommittee markup session on the legislation was held May 20. READ MORE

May 20, 2014

Sweden, Minnesota seminar highlights bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSweden and Minnesota are moving full speed ahead on a partnership that is serving to address complex and challenging issues concerning sustainable energy and transportation. A May 19 seminar brought stakeholders together to discuss the initiative. READ MORE

May 16, 2014

IRENA: Renewables employ 6.5 million globally

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a study that determined 6.5 million people were employed by the renewable energy globally last year. The report highlights the role that renewables play in the global economy. READ MORE

May 15, 2014

Gevo releases Q1 results, launches side-by-side operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has released its first quarter financial results, reporting it recently closed on $25.9 million in financing and has successfully begun side-by-side operation at its Luverne, Minn., plant, with the intent to produce ethanol and isobutanol. READ MORE

May 15, 2014

Vermeer to showcase perennial grasses at its global headquarters

BY CenUSA Bioenergy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVermeer Corp. and CenUSA Bioenergy, a multi-state USDA sponsored research project led by Iowa State University, have announced a new, perennial grass energy collaboration. READ MORE

May 15, 2014

Repreve Renewables adds genetic assets from Mendel

BY Repreve Renewables Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables announced it has purchased certain genetic assets or germplasm for its giant miscanthus grass product development program from Mendel Biotechnology Inc., a privately held company in Hayward, Calif. READ MORE