Biobased Chemical

May 23, 2017

Researchers use waste lignin to make carbon fiber

BY Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTexas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are converting waste lignin into carbon fiber and other products. The team fractionates lignin so that the high molecular weight fraction can be used for carbon fiber, with other fractions used for bioplastics. READ MORE

May 17, 2017

To-Syn-Fuel turns sewage sludge into fuels and hydrogen

BY To-Syn-Fuel Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo-Syn-Fuel, a project funded by Horizon 2020, EU’s new research and innovation program, recently launched. It aims to build-up, operate and demonstrate the production of synthetic fuels and green hydrogen from waste biomass. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

OSU launches new program in bioenergy and biowaste management

BY Ohio State University Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute has announced a new associate of applied science program in bioenergy and biological waste management to prepare students for careers in wastewater and drinking water treatment. READ MORE

May 15, 2017

BioAmber increases sales, discusses development of second plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. recently released first quarter financial results, reporting sales of bio-succinic acid increased 46 percent when compared to the same quarter of 2016, reaching $2.1 million. READ MORE

May 12, 2017

BETO announces third round of Small Business Vouchers Pilot

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced Gevo, Cogent, Kalion, Synvitrobio and ThermChem will collaborate with national labs as part of the third round of the Small Business Vouchers Pilot. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural development. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Bioplastic bags successfully biodegrade in AD facility

BY Novamont Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsNovamont commissioned IGlux Witzenhausen GmbH and Witzenhausen-Institut GmbH to conduct a scientific study into the behaviour of biodegradable carrier bags made from MATER-BI, the bioplastic made by Novamont, in German anaerobic digestion plants. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

HKU, Kyoto U enhance efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel

BY The University of Hong Kong Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA collaborative research effort by the University of Hong Kong and Kyoto University has revealed a new strategy to allow cellulose in rice straw to release its fermentable sugar more efficiently. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

KU Leuven: Bacteria take a deadly risk to survive

BY KU Leuven Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study by the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven on bacterial mutations opens up new avenues for research, ranging from more efficient biofuel production methods to a better treatment for bacterial infections and cancer. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

BETO launches Bioenergy Career Map

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Argonne National Laboratory have developed an Bioenergy Career Map, an educational tool that helps users discover traditional and nontraditional career opportunities in the bioenergy industry. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Sustane to install PK Clean plastic-to-fuel plant in Nova Scotia

BY Sustane Technologies Inc. Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenewable waste companies PK Clean Technologies Inc. and Sustane Technologies Inc. have executed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to install a plastic to synthetic diesel plant in Chester, Nova Scotia. READ MORE

May 09, 2017

ABC applauds Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Biogas Council applauds the recent introduction of the bipartisan Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act, which provides a 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) for qualifying biogas and nutrient recovery systems. READ MORE

May 09, 2017

DOE: New algae degree program passes its first semester

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Technology Education Consortium has successfully implemented the first semester of the ATEC curriculum at Santa Fe Community College. The curriculum is part of a new, two-year degree program in algae biology, technology, and cultivation. READ MORE

May 08, 2017

ORNL: Bacterial boost for biobased fuels

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, Chemicals"Electrical” bacteria are the key ingredient in a process developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory that recycles wastewater from biofuel production to generate hydrogen that can be used to convert bio-oil into higher grade liquid fuels. READ MORE

April 26, 2017

Research focuses on soil quality, stover removal for biofuel

BY American Society of Agronomy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCynthia Bartel, a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University, is working to determine a method for proper removal of maize stover for biofuel production. READ MORE

April 26, 2017

Five bioenergy projects score funds via DOE pilot program

BY Anna SimetFound In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE has awarded funding to 38 projects for which small businesses will team up with national lab researchers through the DOE’s Small Business Vouchers pilot program. READ MORE

April 18, 2017

Opinion: One Step Forward

BY Micheal McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIf the U.S. is to see the use of more advanced and cellulosic fuels, we have to provide more certainty and less friction to create a stable environment for investment in these companies. READ MORE

April 06, 2017

Renewable plastic precursor could reduce cellulosic ethanol cost

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of chemical and biological engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has found a way to produce from biomass a valuable compound used in plastic production that they estimate could lower the cost of ethanol produced from plant material. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Illinois Sen. sees central Illinois as bioprocessing world leader

BY Office of Sen. Chapin Rose Found In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAs a catalyst to help Illinois compete for up to 20,000 jobs in bioprocessing, State Sen. Chapin Rose hosted the state’s top economic and agriculture leaders on a tour of the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab at the University of Illinois. READ MORE

February 23, 2017

In Depth: Commercial Proving Grounds

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith help from investors, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. plans to fast-track deployment of its renewable diesel technology at a shuttered, gutted biodiesel plant in Alberta. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

Opinion: The RFS in 2017: A Brave New World

BY Michael McAdamsFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAdvanced Biofuel Association President Michael McAdams provides an overview of the outstanding issues confronting the industry, and outlines priorities of the next six months. READ MORE

February 14, 2017

Illinois senator introduces legislation to boost in-state biotech

BY The Office of Senator Chapin Rose Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIllinois Senate Bill 1656 provides incentives to Illinois businesses to produce and sell new renewable products made from biomass and other renewable sources. READ MORE

February 14, 2017

HCS Holdings signs 5-year isooctane offtake LOI with Gevo

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe LOI contemplates a two-phase offtake agreement. In Phase 1, HCS will purchase isooctane produced at Gevo's demo plant in Texas. In Phase 2, HCS will purchase 300,000 to 400,000 gallons a year from Gevo's planned large-scale hydrocarbons plant. READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Researchers produce renewable car tires from trees, grass

BY University of Minnesota Found In:ChemicalsA team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using locally available renewable resources. READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Companies partner on reference plant for biobased chemicals

BY Avantium Found In:ChemicalsAvantium has announced a partnership with AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer for the development of a reference plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl to evaluate the feasibility of a wood-to-chemicals biorefinery. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

Velocys: Envia’s GTL plant producing Fischer-Tropsch product

BY Velocys plc Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has announced that first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at Envia Energy's gas-to-liquids plant in Oklahoma City. These products are fractionated on site to produce premium wax, diesel and naphtha. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

BETO publishes new strategic plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn January, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office released a new strategic plan that serves as a blueprint on how it will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in building a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

2017 Heating the Midwest Conference to colocate with IBCE

BY Dovetail Partners Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHeating the Midwest has announced it will colocate its 6th annual 2017 conference and expo with the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The HTM event will be held April 10. READ MORE

January 30, 2017

Decoded microbial metabolism explains biofuel yield

BY Blaine Friedlander, Cornell University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium’s sugar-processing complexities may lead to improved biofuel yields. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

Ecostrat releases white paper on biomass supply chain analytics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEcostrat Inc. recently released a white paper providing evidence for why industry developers and lenders should stay up to speed with the latest developments in biomass supply chain research and analytics. READ MORE