Biobased Chemical

July 13, 2015

USDA schedules July 16 forum, webinar on loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Rural Development’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) has scheduled a July 16 forum to introduce the new Biorefinery, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. READ MORE

July 10, 2015

US DOE sinks $18 million into algae technology development

BY U.S. DOE Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE announced July 9 that six projects will receive up to $18 million in funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

USDA accepting applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service has announced it is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, which provides loan guarantees to eligible biorefining projects. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

ORNL: Unlocking lignin for sustainable biofuel

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUsing high-performance computing, a group of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provided insight into how the tightly wound network of molecules that make up the cell wall of plants for easier biofuel processing. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

Finding an off switch in wood formation

BY NC State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe same process plants use to respond to environmental stress acts as an on/off switch for a key enzyme in wood formation, NC State researchers have found. The discovery improves scientists' understanding of how lignin is formed and can be altered. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

Perennial biofuel crops' water consumption similar to corn

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsConverting large tracts of the Midwest's marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and movement of soil water to groundwater. READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Producing biodegradable plastic just got cheaper and greener

BY KU Leuven Found In:ChemicalsResearchers from the KU Leuven Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have presented a way to make the polylactic acid (PLA) production process more simple and waste-free. Their findings were published in Science. READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Ecoprofile for 2014 Ingeo biopolymers production published

BY Mary Ann Liebert Inc./Genetic Engineering News Found In:ChemicalsNatureWorks has updated the ecoprofile data, a life cycle assessment of energy, water, and other resource used together with air and water emissions and solid waste, for producing 150,000 metric tons per year of its Ingeo polylactide biopolymers. READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Bacterial boost makes biofuel production more efficient

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic for the organisms that convert cellulosic biomass into bioproducts. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

White House aims to modernize biotechnology regulatory process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 2, the White House issued a memo on modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products to heads of the U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It outlines several actions the agencies will take over the next year. READ MORE

July 02, 2015

Amyris announces update on SMA Industria Quimica joint venture

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has announced an update and clarification with respect to media reports regarding its inactive manufacturing joint venture with Usina Sao Martinho, SMA Industria Quimica S.A, or SMA., noting its Brotas facility is exceeding targets. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

OMB weighs in on biomass language included in appropriations bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement detailing its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in the U.S. House of Representatives, including a provision related biogenic emissions. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

EU approves funding for circular bioeconomy projects

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium, has approved the funding of 10 projects totaling EUR 120 million ($132.66 million). READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Unlocking fermentation secrets opens the door to new biofuels

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reserachers have uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing insights for biofuel development. READ MORE

June 26, 2015

Opinion: The Inevitable Battle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz reflects on the July issue and the battles faced by the entire biomass energy industry. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Bill aims to extend master limited partnerships to renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have announced the reintroduction of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, which aims to level the playing field for renewables. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Oregon declares biomass carbon neutral

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAfter a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Spero Energy receives $1 million in funding from DOE

BY Spero Energy Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSpero Energy Inc., a company that licenses Purdue intellectual property, has received federal funding to develop its one-step, patent-pending technology that could improve the efficiency of alternative fuel production. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Microvi ethanol technology validated at LBNL

BY Microvi Biotechnologies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMicrovi Biotechnologies, working with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has demonstrated breakthrough improvements to biological ethanol production. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Globally, 2014 a Good Year for Renewables

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLate last week, the Worldwatch Institute released a 2015 global status report for renewables. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

AgEC: Ag appropriations bill aims to cut Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 17, the House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2016 Agricultural Appropriations bill. The proposed legislation funds a variety of agricultural and food programs, including rural development and farm services programs. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

IH2 technology licensed for demonstration plant

BY SynSel Energi AS Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSynSel Energi AS has entered into an IH2 process demonstration license agreement with CRI/Criterion Catalyst Co. Ltd. The technology is a continuous catalytic thermo-chemical process that converts biomass material into hydrocarbon fuels. READ MORE

June 22, 2015

Researchers look at multiple traits to improve switchgrass

BY American Society of Agronomy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers use alternative breeding methods to produce switchgrass with a high amount of biomass per acre and low levels of lignin. Switchgrass with the improved traits is specifically designed to improve biofuel production. READ MORE

June 18, 2015

Opinion: A Look at EPA’s RVO Proposal

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAdvanced Biofuel Association President Michael McAdams discusses the U.S. EPA's renewable fuel standard renewable volume obligation proposal. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Bioproducts industry contributes $369 billion to U.S. economy

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the release of a new report that shows the U.S. biobased industry is generating substantial economic activity and American jobs. It builds on the "Why Biobased?" report released by the USDA in October. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Genomatica advances development of feedstock for biochemicals

BY Genomatica Found In:ChemicalsGenomatica announced progress in harnessing cellulosic biomass for commercial production of high-quality chemicals rather than just fuels. Genomatica's work sets the stage to increase the range of feedstock choices for making biobased chemicals. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

In Depth: Crunching the Numbers

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFirst- and second-generation ethanol leaders discussed challenges, priorities and successes at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Minneapolis. READ MORE

June 16, 2015

USDA publishes final rules on biobased products

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ChemicalsThe USDA's Office of Procurement and Property Management has published final rules in the Federal Register amending regulations for the voluntary labeling program for biobased products and the designation of biobased products for federal procurement. READ MORE

June 16, 2015

DOE initiatives launch as part of Clean Energy Investment Summit

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy has announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the administration's Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center. READ MORE