Biobased Chemical

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

'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

July 16, 2014

Edeniq, Global Bio-chem to develop industrial sugar technology

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:ChemicalsEdeniq Inc. has signed a letter of intent with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Co. Ltd. to develop and commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for use in the production of chemicals, fuels, and other biobased products. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Penn State offers graduate certificate in renewable energy

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master's degree might want to check out Penn State's program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university recently added a bioenergy graduate certificate program. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Elevance, Genting enter biorefinery collaboration

BY Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. Found In:ChemicalsElevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has announced a new collaboration with Genting Plantations Berhad through Genting Integrated Biorefinery Sdn Bhd, to be located in the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

$5 million waste biomass processing plant planned in Michigan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioCycle plans to make use of agricultural scrap and waste materials and other biomass sources as manufacturing precursors, via a $5 million bioprocessing facility that is currently in final financing stages. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Lux Research: Lignin-derived chemicals to hit market in 2021

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAs lignin supplies rise on the back of growing cellulosic feedstock utilization, commercialization opportunities of up to $242 billion are emerging in 13 select chemicals, says Lux Research. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

ITA accepting nominations for export advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Cobalt, Andritz sign agreement for cellulosic n-butanol

BY Cobalt Technologies Inc. Found In:ChemicalsCobalt Technologies Inc. signed an exclusive global cooperation and supply agreement with Andritz Inc. to integrate its proprietary lignocellulosic pretreatment process for the production of n-butanol with Andritz's customized pretreatment systems. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

EU announces bioenergy funding under 2 major initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Union has announced funding under two major initiatives that will benefit bioenergy projects, including EUR 1 billion in NER 300 funding and a new public-private partnership that aims inject EUR 3.7 billion into the biobased economy. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

DOE loan guarantee program targets biofuels, waste-to-energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially opened a loan guarantee solicitation, making up to $4 million available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

NC funds 6 cellulosic biofuel, bioenergy research projects

BY Holly JessenFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNorth Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state's Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

Ceres licenses DNA browser software to Bayer CropScience

BY Ceres Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc., an agricultural biotechnology and seed company, has announced that the company has licensed its Persephone genome visualization application to Bayer CropScience. The software was originally developed for in-house use by Ceres. READ MORE

July 08, 2014

Report highlights economic impact of the US bioscience industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new report published Biotechnology Industry Organization and Battelle indicates the U.S. bioscience industry demonstrated strong growth from 2011 to 2012, has navigated the economic recession better than most industries, and is once again growing. READ MORE

July 03, 2014

Trellis Earth restarts Cereplast plant with fresh business plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsTrellis Earth Products Inc. has acquired the assets of bioplastics company Cereplast Inc., which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. The bioplastic production facility in Indiana will restart immediately with an improved business plan. READ MORE

July 03, 2014

Researchers use supercomputer to improve catalysts for biofuel

BY National Science Foundation Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are using the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve biofuel production by determining how certain enzymes break down cellulose. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

Joule announces EPA clearance for modified cyanobacteria

BY Joule Unlimited Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJoule Unlimited Inc. has announced that the U.S. EPA favorably reviewed its microbial commercial activity notice (MCAN) for Joule's first commercial ethanol-producing catalyst. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

EPA publishes methane reduction proposal for new landfills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 30, the EPA published proposed rule to update its air standards for new municipal solid waste landfills. A separate advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeks public input on whether to update emissions guidelines for existing landfills. READ MORE

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