Biobased Chemical

August 20, 2014

Abengoa reports strong quarter for biofuels, bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAbengoa's biofuels and bioenergy business saw a strong second quarter in the Americas, Abengoa CEO Manuel Sanchez Ortega said during the company's first half of 2014 earnings call on Aug. 12. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

JBEI research paves the way for closed loop biorefineries

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile the powerful solvents known as ionic liquids show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving the economics of advanced biofuels, an even more promising candidate is on the horizon, bionic liquids. READ MORE

August 19, 2014

Dyadic releases Q2 results, files registration statement with SEC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter of 2014, reporting a an increase in net product-related revenue. Dyadic has also filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. READ MORE

August 15, 2014

Novozymes reports strong growth in bioenergy sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNovozymes has released financial results for the first half of the year, reporting that sales growth was in line with expectations. Organically, sales grew by 8 percent. EBIT grew by 19 percent and EBIT margin reached 28.1 percent. READ MORE

August 15, 2014

USDA: New switchgrass variety promises more biofuel at lower cost

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe release of a new type of switchgrass specifically designed for bioenergy generation has been announced by USDA researchers and their partners. The cultivar "Liberty" can yield 8 tons of biomass per acre. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Gevo provides update on side-by-side operations in Q2 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting revenues of $7.7 million, up from $1.9 million during the same period of 2013. The company attributes the increase to the production and sale of ethanol and distillers grains. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Groups advocate for biogenic emissions framework in letter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 100 organizations recently partnered to issue a letter to John Podesta, counselor to President Obama, urging his support in the release of the U.S. EPA's biogenic accounting framework. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

CSP receives $20 million NSF grant to pioneer bioplastics

BY University of Minnesota Found In:ChemicalsThe University of Minnesota's Center for Sustainable Polymers recently announced it has been awarded a $20 million grant over five years from the National Science Foundation focused on discoveries of the next generation of biobased plastics. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Researcher: Regulations needed to identify invasive feedstocks

BY University of Illinois Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn response to the need to prevent invasive species, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed both a set of regulatory definitions and provisions and a list of 49 low-risk biofuel plants from which growers can choose. READ MORE

August 11, 2014

BioAmber reports progress with Sarnia plant in Q2 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting that the company's biobased succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario, is progressing on budget and is expected to be complete in early 2015. READ MORE

August 08, 2014

Amyris expects to deliver positive EBITDA next year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDuring a call to discuss second quarter financial results, John Melo, president and CEO of Amyris Inc., indicated the company is on track to deliver positive operational cash flow during the second half of the year and positive EBITDA in 2015. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

USDA report aims to provide uniform method for GHG assessment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a report that provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Genomatica: Nylon intermediates focus of development program

BY Genomatica Found In:ChemicalsGenomatica announced that major nylon intermediates, including hexamethylenediamine, caprolactam and adipic acid (HMD, CPL and ADA), are the focus of its third publicly-disclosed development program. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

AgriLife Research: Mesquite a complementary biofuel feedstock

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study outlines how mesquite measures up relative to other bioenergy feedstocks with regard to economic and greenhouse gas efficiency. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Bioenergy week planned in Ontario

BY Canadian Bioenergy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCanadian Bioenergy Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada, Lakehead University, Confederation College and the Biomass Innovation Centre of Nipissing University are partnering to offer a full-slate of events from Sept. 8-13 in Ontario. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Dyadic, CIMV to collaborate on second generation biofuels

BY Dyadic International Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. recently announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement to commercialize second generation biofuel and bio-based chemical technology with Compagnie Industrielle de la Matiere Vegetale. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Opinion: High Stakes for Biomass in EPA Climate Regulations

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA's proposed rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, manufacturing facilities, and other stationary sources mark a pivotal moment for biomass technologies. READ MORE

August 06, 2014

Purdue: Cover crops make stover more sustainable, profitable

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFarmers using cover crops as a soil conservation method can remove much more corn stover per acre for biofuels or other uses and at the same time potentially increase their income, Purdue University research shows. READ MORE

August 05, 2014

Solazyme Q2 results: Increased production, customers and revenue

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc. announced optimistic results for second quarter 2014 with total revenue at $15.9 million compared with $11.2 million in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 43 percent. Second quarter GAAP net loss was $42.9 million. READ MORE

August 01, 2014

JBEI develops tool for characterizing plant sugar transporters

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA powerful new tool that can help advance the genetic engineering of "fuel" crops for clean, green and renewable bioenergy, has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute. READ MORE

July 31, 2014

Miscanthus might yield more biomass in Iowa that first thought

BY Iowa State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMiscanthus, a perennial grass with vast potential to produce biomass, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa, according to research by agronomists at Iowa State University. READ MORE

July 31, 2014

DOE funds biomass-based renewable carbon fiber projects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:ChemicalsThe Energy Department has announced up to $11.3 million for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

Joint venture formed to develop cellulosic biorefinery in China

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA joint venture of an M&G Chemicals subsidiary and China-based Anhui Guozhen Co. Ltd. has been created to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China. The project was first announced in late 2013. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Spero Energy receives NSF funding

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 fuels and the production of fragrance products has received funding from the National Science Foundation. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

USDA selects 36 energy facilities to accept biomass deliveries

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

McGinn to keynote Algae Biomass Summit

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, has announced that Assistant Secretary of the Navy Dennis McGinn will be a Keynote Speaker at the 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

UCS report highlights bioenergy potential of agriculture residues

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Union of Concerned Scientists report estimates the U.S. agricultural industry could sustainably provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of manure annually by 2030 for use as feedstock to produce fuels and electricity. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

Lessons Learned

BY Kolby HoaglandFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIt is not without sorrow that this will be my last blog entry for Biomass Magazine. I have taken a new position with an engineering firm in Seattle and will be leaving Biomass Magazine after three wonderful years. I have learned a lot and ... READ MORE

July 18, 2014

'Microbe sniffer' could point the way to advanced biorefining

BY University of British Columbia Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA biosensor invented at the University of British Columbia could help optimize biorefining processes that produce fuels and chemicals by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break down wood polymer. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

USDA, DOE funding supports bioenergy feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have awarded $12.6 million in funding to 10 projects with the goal of accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. READ MORE