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June 30, 2014

Water-cleanup catalysts tackle biomass upgrading

BY Rice University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRice University researchers have found palladium-gold nanocatalysts can convert glycerol, a waste byproduct of biodiesel production, into high-value chemicals. The research team is led by chemical engineer Michael Wong. READ MORE

June 30, 2014

Proterro receives patent for photobioreactor

BY Proterro Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued Patent No. 8,728,783 to Proterro Inc., protecting the company's proprietary photobioreactor, a novel element in Proterro’s patented sugar-making process. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

DOE funds bioenergy projects at 4 universities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $100 million to Energy Frontier Research Centers with the goal of accelerating scientific breakthroughs needed to build the new energy economy. Several of EFRC awards will benefit bioenergy research. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

JBEI GT collection: A new resource for advanced biofuels research

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute have unveiled the first glycosyltransferase clone collection specifically targeted for the study of the biosynthesis of plant cell walls. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Model may help growers mitigate costly droughts

BY University of Florida Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Florida-created model may help growers plant at optimal times and avoid crop-destroying drought, which can cost millions of dollars in a given year, according to one of the tool's creators. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

USDA REAP sinks $3.4 billion into rural economies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThough the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court issues its decision on EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA's Tailoring Rule. It did not, however, address the uncertainty faced by those in the biomass industry with regard to the EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Stora Enso acquires U.S.-based biotechnology company

BY Stora Enso Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsStora Enso has acquired 100 percent of the shares of Virdia, a developer of extraction and separation technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass into refined sugars and lignin. The upfront debt-free transaction value is about $33 million. READ MORE

June 20, 2014

Spero Energy wins DOE grant for its lignin catalysis technology

BY Purdue Research Park Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Purdue Research Park-based company whose one-step, patent-pending technology could improve the efficiency of alternative fuel production has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

June 20, 2014

Calysta demonstrates conversion of methane to lactic acid

BY Calysta Inc. Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsCalysta Inc. recently announced it has successfully fermented methane into lactic acid under a research collaboration with NatureWorks. Lactic acid is the building block for NatureWorks Ingeo lactide intermediates and polymers. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Genera, partners collaborate for advancement of advanced biofuels

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. has partnered with academic and industrial institutions with the goal of demonstrating the production of advanced biofuels from sustainable sources of lignocellulosic biomass. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Pennsylvania offers funding for renewable energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is offering approximately $12.5 million in funding to support alternative and renewable energy projects in the state, including biomass, solar, wind and hydro projects. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Byogy Renewables invests in AusAgave Australia

BY Byogy Renewables Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsByogy Renewables Inc. has invested in a strategic partnership with AusAgave Australia as part of the upstream integration of multiple feedstocks to develop low cost sugars for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

ABO announces Matthew Carr as new executive director

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization has announced Matthew Carr as its executive director. Carr most recently served as managing director of the industrial and environmental section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization. READ MORE

June 17, 2014

USDA-ISU report validates cellulosic biomass sustainability

BY Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFive years of soil nutrient data gathered at Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC's Project Liberty site are consistent with more than 500 site-years of additional soil research, experts at USDA and Iowa State University have determined. READ MORE

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