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Advanced Bioeconomy Conference: Some Scale-Up Successes, but Still a Shadow of Conventional Biofuels
March 13, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James/Biofuels Digest)  These are excerpts from a complete review of ABLC by Raymond James Senior VP Pavel Molchanov, which you can read here.

While the tone (on the whole) is no longer worsening, it is …

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program —
February 16, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites )  Starting with the summer of 2017, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), will be establishing a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site designed to provide undergraduate students …

Will Bioplastics Repeat the Biofuels Saga?
February 14, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Meadhbh Bolger (Friends of the Earth Europe/EurActiv)  It took years for politicians to wake up to the destructive impact of biofuels, in no small part because of their green-sounding name. With bioplastics we risk …

Switchcraft: Metabolix Bioconverts Itself into Yield10, Focuses on Crop Yields
January 9, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts we have had more signs of the pivoting underway in the advanced bioeconomy with the news that Metabolix is changing its name to Yield10 Bioscience and will focus …

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016
December 8, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects to renewable chemicals which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) from 1/1/16 …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to BASF, Audi
October 12, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Mars, Mitsui
October 7, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Anellotech Has Another Mystery Date
October 7, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Just when Toyota Tsusho and Suntory were outed as Anellotech investors, along comes another stealthy investor, who has put $1.5M into the company, according to this latest Reg D report …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste, Nissan
October 5, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, …

Novamont Opens Plant for Production of Biobased 1,4-butanediol
September 30, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Novamont/Biomass Magazine)  Novamont, the Italy-based world leader in bioplastics, with 1,000 patents in biopolymers and biochemicals, announced it has opened the world’s first commercial-scale facility for the biobased production of a major intermediate chemical in …

NatureWorks Honored with Biorenewable Deployment Consortium’s Outstanding Achievement Award
September 28, 2016 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Biorenewable Deployment Consortium)  The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) honored NatureWorks LLC with the organization’s Fall 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award for their contribution to the commercialization, with their Ingeo materials portfolio, of plastics and chemicals derived …

New Bio Plastics and Resins
September 26, 2016 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Consulting Enterprises/Biofuels Digest) …  Some of the more significant develops in the biopolymer and plastics development in the past year are included the table below.

The latest trend is the production of monomers …

Tick-tick-tick…This Plastic Will Self-Destruct
September 26, 2016 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  They called it Mission Impossible. Create a means to biodegrade any plastic out there that needs to decompose in the environment after use. Find little microbes that can break the …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes, P&G
September 22, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Evonik in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 8, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

In this slide deck, we looked at …

Microbeads. Reviled, Yes. Useful, Yes. What’s the Alternative?
August 25, 2016 – 8:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The BBC is reporting that although microplastics form only 0.01% to 4.1% of the total plastic waste dumped into the seas, researchers have been especially concerned about microplastics because of …

The Top 25 Advanced Bioeconomy Stories of the Year
August 17, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We looked at the past year, and these are the 25 Top Stories of the Year, as measured by the number of readers.

25 The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top …

Intratec Reveals Production Costs of Green Chemicals and Biofuels
August 17, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Intratec Solutions)  New reports evaluate the economic feasibility of chemicals manufacturing through alternative, bio-based routes  —  Intratec Solutions LLC, the leading source for chemical markets data and production cost reports, is pleased to publish new …

Thai Firm Announces Plans to Expand Biodiesel Production Capacity
August 5, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Global Green Chemicals, a Thai oleochemicals company, has announced plans to increase its biodiesel production capacity by setting up a second methyl-ester plant in Chon Buri province, located in the southeast of Bangkok.

GCC …

Energy Department Grants $2.5M for Biorefinery Waste Use, Renewable Bioproduct Study
July 21, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today) The U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products.

“In the biorefinery field, …

Leaf Resources (ASX: LER) Joint Venture to Develop Five Projects with World-Class Project Ceveloper Claeris, LLC
July 21, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Leaf Resources)  Leaf Resources Ltd (ASX: LER, “Leaf” or “Leaf Resources”) is pleased to announce the signing of binding legal agreements with US-based project developer Claeris, LLC (“Claeris”), to establish a joint venture (JV) entity, Leaf Development, …

US Signs Bio-Energy Research Pact with QUT
July 6, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Queensland University of Technology)  A research partnership between QUT and a US National Laboratory aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop new ways of creating bio-energy from plant material.
The biotechnology research partnership will bring …

Seaweed Gains Ground as a Pillar of Food Security in South America
July 5, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Orlando Milesi (Inter Press Service)  Seaweed, a nutrient-rich foodstuff that was a regular part of the diet of several South American indigenous peoples, is emerging as a new pillar of food security in Latin America …

Should Sustainability Include Using Farmlands for Plastics, Textiles and Dyes, or Food?
June 16, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Clare Goldsberry (Plastics Today)  A presenter at the recent ANTEC conference posed a provocative question: Are biobased materials really sustainable?  —  He (Professor Majid Sarmadi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison )pointed out that sustainability goes …

European Bioplastics Welcomes Revised EU Waste Legislation
June 16, 2016 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Plastics and Rubber Weekly)  European Bioplastics (EUBP) has backed a new European Parliament report on revised waste legislation which has emphasised the role of bioplastics to help the move to a circular economy.
The report, produced …

Wassup, EU? The Top 10 Trends in Europe’s Advanced Bioeconomy
May 16, 2016 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the European bioeconomy is generating 18.3 million jobs and driving €2.1 trillion in annual revenue in the E28, says nova-insitut, in a report for the Bio-based Industries …

Commercializing in a World of $30 Oil: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Reverdia
May 12, 2016 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is dedicated to be …

Energy Department Announces Funding for Design and Construction of Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biopower
May 9, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Recognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the Energy Department today announced up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. …

UPM Biofuels Gains ISCC PLUS Certification for Bio-Based Applications
April 18, 2016 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(UPM Biofuels)  UPM Biofuels has extended sustainability certification to cover all of its output streams from the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS. UPM Biofuels produces renewable …

Biofuels, Plastics and Drugs: Is This the Future of Our Farms?
April 18, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian)  Climate change and poor returns on wheat and dairy drive rural revolution in ‘future-proof’ agriculture  —  …  In Essex, David Eagle is growing acres of sea buckthorn, a salt-tolerant plant that …

DG-Based Resins Spring into Plastics
April 15, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nebraska’s Laurel Biocomposite produces biomaterials for thermoset applications.  —  Laurel Biocomposite LLC is using distillers grains to create biomaterials that will be used in lawn and gardening products across …

New SPI Bioplastics Division Report Defines Bioplastics, Explores the Growing Field of Bioplastics and Demonstrates How Material Innovation Can Offer Environmental aAdvantages.
April 14, 2016 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(SPI)  As bioplastics become more popular and an emerging material of choice, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association’s SPI Bioplastics Division released a new report today (April 1, 2016), Bioplastics Simplified: Attributes of Biobased and Biodegradable …

Turning Gut Bacteria Into Bioplastic Factories
April 4, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(Asian Scientist)  E. coli, a common gut bacteria, can be engineered to produce biodegradable polymers for use in surgical sutures, among other applications.  — A Korean research team has engineered gut bacteria to create non-natural polymers …

Biobased Plastics and Resins, What’s New, and Who’s Top Cat?: The Digest’s 2016 Visual Guide
March 30, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday, we held a well-attended webinar on “Biobased Plastics and resins?” Here below are the slides presented on the day.  The recorded version can be accessed here.  READ MORE

Going to Scale: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Avantium
March 16, 2016 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BASF and Avantium have now signed a letter of intent and entered into exclusive negotiations to establish a joint venture for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), as …

The PLA Story: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Polylactic Acid Markets
March 9, 2016 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we look this week at markets for cellulosic sugars, this classic powerpoint that outlined the case and markets for biobased polylactic acid came to mind.

We’ll not debate whether PLA …

€2.1 Trillion Revenues and 18.3M Jobs: The European Bioeconomy, Demystified
March 4, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the European bioeconomy is generating 18.3 million jobs and driving €2.1 trillion in annual revenue in the E28, says nova-insitut, in report for the Bio-based Industries Consortium …

IKEA Joins Advanced Bioeconomy via Newlight Deal
March 2, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, IKEA and Newlight Technologies have entered into a supply, collaboration, and technology license agreement that will supply IKEA with Newlight’s AirCarbon and enable IKEA to produce AirCarbon thermoplastic …

Comet Biorefining to Build Biomass Sugar Plant in Ontario
February 22, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Comet Biorefining/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Comet Biorefining Inc. has announced the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar facility in the TransAlta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario.  The 60 million pounds per year plant will come online in …

Protein and Perfume: At ABLC, Even Less of a Focus on Fuels
February 22, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James/Biofuels Digest)  This week, we attended the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, a major annual gathering of firms in the bioindustrial space. As we noted in our conference recap from March 2015, the …

UK CAER Algal Research Hitting the Ground in China
February 15, 2016 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(University of Kentucky)  Algae research at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) is going global.  The Algae and Biofuels Laboratory at CAER is partnering with Lianhenghui Investment Company to construct a …

The Race for the 100% Biobased Plastic Bottle
February 2, 2016 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, AVA Biochem revealed that it is expanding its product portfolio to include platform chemical FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid)— and that’s a pathway to a molecule called PEF that’s a potential bio-based …

6 Promising New Ways to Make Bio-Based & Renewable Plastics
January 28, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Ann R. Thryft (Design News)  A trend we think we’re seeing is that it’s not enough anymore to come out with a bio-based plastic, a biodegradable bio-based plastic, or a sustainable plastic made of …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences, ADM Find “Breakthrough Process” for a “Long-Sought Molecule”
January 20, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Delaware, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland announced a new breakthrough process in producing FDME from fructose, with “the potential to expand the materials landscape in the 21st …

Anellotech’s Partner in Pursuit of 100% Renewable Plastic Bottles Revealed…It’s Suntory
January 19, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Anellotech’s 80-foot high development unit readies for installation, the giant Japanese beverage maker is revealed as its collaboration partner.

Whether Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Orangina, Aquafina water, Gatorade, Schweppes is your …

Top 10 Bioeconomy and Biofuels Predictions for 2016
January 4, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we reach the end of 2015? Not the good ship Digest!  Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and peer into tomorrowland.

As the …

The YXY Kings: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Avantium
December 11, 2015 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Avantium is a technology company specialized in the area of advanced catalytic research. From 2005 onwards, Avantium has developed a proprietary technology to produce Furanics building blocks from plant based …

Ecofriendly Bioplastic from Inexpensive Sources of Methane: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Mango Materials
December 10, 2015 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mango Materials utilizes a patent-protected process to manufacture bioplastic from inexpensive sources of methane gas. The San Francisco Bay Area-based company has proven the ability to produce the bioplastic poly-hydroxyalkanoate …

Panning for Green Gold: Developing the Algal Bioeconomy–VIDEO
December 3, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(Enalgae)  EnAlgae has been about finding sustainable pathways for algal biomass. Initially the focus was all about energy, specifically as a biofuel. But our journey over the past four years shows that there’s likely to …

Biobased Platform Chemicals: A Clean Credible Solution To Support Climate Action
November 30, 2015 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Marcel van Berkel (GF Biochemicals/Biofuels Digest)  There is a clear and growing need for new chemical building blocks. … For instance, fuels and additives derived from local-sourced cellulosic waste can offset concerns about first generation biofuels.  …

Algae: 2015, the Year in Review
November 23, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Matt Carr (Algae Biomass Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Low oil prices, company mergers or evolving business strategies may be easily spun by the skeptics as reasons to fret, but in the case of our industry they …

Pyromaniax Update: Anellotech Raises $7M from Mystery Investor, Takes on Key Scale-Up Data Task
November 20, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will fund 25M high unit, Operational in 2016, to confirm viability of confirm viability Bio-TCat process for scale-up

In New York, Anellotech revealed that it had raised $7M of its current …

Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Announces a Breakthrough in Cellulose to Sugar Conversion Rates and Efficiencies
October 5, 2015 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), announced today that its’ subsidiary Ek Laboratories in Longwood, Florida, under the direction of Dr. Richard Blair, Dr. Peter Cohen and Dr. Zhilin Xie, …

Elephant in the Bio-Room: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BASF
September 28, 2015 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BASF is the world’s leading chemical company, ranked by sales. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. BASF had sales of …

Become an Informed Consumer and Investor in a Truly Sustainable Renewable Transportation Future
September 14, 2015 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Alberta Council of Technologies/Advanced Biofuels USA)  Myths and misunderstandings about biofuels abound.  You’ve heard them–food vs. fuel, land use change, energy return on energy invested, decreased mileage, harmful to engines, and more.

Nevertheless, …

Conjuring Chemical Cornucopias out of Thin Air
September 14, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Liquid fuels aren’t the only things made from oil. Chemical companies start with oil to make thousands of different products, including plastics and pharmaceuticals. Most of these other commodities are …

A New Maine Manufacturing Strategy Could Turn Plants into Products
September 4, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

By Charlotte Mace (Bangor Daily News/Sustainable Economy Program at Environmental Health Strategy Center)  … Yes, several Maine mills have closed and pulp and paper production statewide has declined. But the global market for advanced biobased products …

WSU Tri-Cities Prof Receives Grant to Study High-Energy Biofuels
September 1, 2015 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(Washington State University)  Hanwu Lei, Washington State University Tri-Cities associate professor in biological systems engineering, was awarded a $494,000 grant this fall to research catalysts, which will be used to increase the energy output and …

Energy Department Awards up to $4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
August 27, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced two additional projects selected to receive up to $4 million to develop next-generation biofuels that will help reduce the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet …

DOE Funds 2 Algae Biomass Projects under Carbon Capture Program
August 21, 2015 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory recently announced it has selected 16 projects to receive funding through its Carbon Capture Program, including two focused on algae.

According to the …

Meet the Companies Trying to Break our Plastic Addiction
August 17, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Phil McKenna (Green Biz)  The fate of the world’s oceans may rest inside a stainless steel tank not quite the size of a small beer keg. Inside, genetically modified bacteria turn corn syrup into a …

Promising Projects: A Report from BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology 2015
July 31, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  If one is looking for an international gathering of leaders in industrial biotechnology to expand their professional network and form new partnerships, the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is …

International Research Team Seeks More Efficient Biomass Refinement Processes
July 20, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)  Researchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes. BioMim, a $4 million, four-year project …

China’s Algae Crisis Offers Feedstock for U.S. Plastics Firm
July 15, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

Nina Ying Sun (Plastics News)  Lake Taihu, the third largest freshwater body in China, once was pure and beautiful and one of my fondest childhood memories. But like many things in China, it has fallen …

One Billion Pounds of Carbon-Negative Plastic, Made from Greenhouse Gas and Pure Air
July 14, 2015 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Newlight Technologies has signed a 20-year take-or-pay off-take agreement with Vinmar International for 1 billion pounds of AirCarbon PHA.

Critical to the deal? Newlight’s catalyst aims to transform the …

The 10 Hottest, Bossest Renewable Plastic Technologies
July 3, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … One way to get plastics out of the landfill, where they pile up as waste, is to find a use for them. Numerous project developers have technology that makes liquid …

New Report Shows U.S. Biobased Products Industry Contributes $369 Billion, 4 Million Jobs to American Economy
June 17, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  2014 Farm Bill provisions will expand opportunities in the biobased sector by promoting advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased product manufacturing efforts

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release of a …

The Materials Superhighway
May 20, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New physical materials — stronger than steel, stiffer than Kevlar, lightweight, conductive, non-toxic, and highly absorbent.  New liquid fuels and chemicals — strong on performance, price, and emissions.  New edible …

Stepping Up to a Currency Molecule
May 14, 2015 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biobased chemicals are two steps closer to the tipping point when the growing demand for sustainable products opens huge global markets for renewables. Last fall, DuPont announced a …

E4tech Releases Evidence-Base Report on European Bioeconomy
May 11, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Europe, E4tech has just completed a new study, ‘From the Sugar Platform to biofuels and biochemicals’ for the European Commission (DG ENER), a comprehensive evidence base for policymakers and …

The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased Molecules – What Became of Them?
May 4, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If they handed out Platinum and Gold certification to scientific papers as we do with recorded music, “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass” would be a multi-platinum chart-busting monster. This …

Remembering a True Visionary: Novozymes Honors Guido Ghisolfi
April 28, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The renewable energy industry was saddened on March 3 by the news of the death of Guido Ghisolfi, Vice Chairman of the Mossi & Ghisolfi group and CEO of Beta …

The Catalyst That Refused To Die
April 24, 2015 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Battelle-led group succeeds in US Department of Energy challenge — 1,000 hours of continuous biomass hydrotreating on a single catalyst charge.  The undefeated champ hits 1200 hours before being retired …

Minnesota, the Green Giant: Going All out on Agrastructure and the Advanced Bioeconomy
April 10, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Today, we look at how Minnesota, too, has been experiencing success via its bioeconomy, and how and why.  The traditional view of “Minnesota”? A giant metropolis in the Twin Cities, …

Diversifying Products Creates New Opportunities
March 20, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The “Waste to Biogas and Clean Fuels Finance and Investment” summit provided a myriad of opportunities to get the latest intelligence on biogas and the clean fuel industry as …

NDSU: New Plastic Disappears When You Want It to
December 15, 2014 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(North Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  A discovery by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, holds scientific promise that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be broken down when exposed to …

Bioplastic – Greener than Ever
December 10, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Angelika Jacobs (ETH Zurich)  Polylactic acid is a degradable plastic used mostly for packaging. To meet the rising demand, ETH researchers have developed an eco-friendly process to make large amounts of lactic acid from glycerol, …

‘Welcome to the Future’
November 20, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Construction on Abengoa’s self-powered cellulosic ethanol facility is complete. But that doesn’t mean efforts to innovate are over.

Javier Garoz Neira, CEO of Abengoa Bioenergy, told attendees at the company’s …

10 Must-See Hot Slides from ABLC Next 2014 – the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
November 17, 2014 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  10 hot companies, 10 hot slides explaining where they are, what they’re up to, and where they are going, and when and how and why.

Here are new slides from the Advanced …

Building Blocks: LanzaTech, IOC, NatureWorks, Calysta make strides on Omega-3s, lactic acid
November 3, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, LanzaTech and a research team from the IOC-DBT Center for Advanced Bio-Energy Research (an entity co-funded by India’s Department of Biotechnology and Indian Oil Corporation Limited) announced the …

Creating a Strong Economy through Biobased Products
October 29, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/The Hill)  In a recently released report entitled “Why Biobased?” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) answers the question of why America should invest in a biobased economy.  The report …

National Algae Association Encourages US Algae Producers to Label Algae-based Products “Made in the USA”.
October 20, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association) The National Algae Association is pleased to see commercial algae production taking place in the US, and is encouraging all US-based algae producers to label their algae products made in America “Made in …

Abengoa Celebrates Grand Opening of Its First Commercial-Scale Next Generation Biofuels Plant
October 17, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Abengoa/GlobeNewswire)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts offer remarks during on-site event commemorating landmark occasion for advanced biofuels industry.

Abengoa’s proprietary enzymatic hydrolysis technology turns crop …

Roadmap Shows How to Improve Lignocellulosic Biofuel Production
July 1, 2014 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Georgia Tech/Biomass Magazine) When making cellulosic ethanol from plants, one problem is what to do with a woody agricultural waste product called lignin. The old adage in the pulp industry has been that one can …

Biochemicals and Bioplastics 2014 June 10-12 Düsseldorf, Germany
April 11, 2014 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
Biochemicals and Bioplastics 2014      June 10-12     Düsseldorf, Germany

ACI’s Biochemicals and Bioplastics 2014 will bring together key industry stakeholders from across the entire value chain, from chemical companies to bio-based producers as well as consultants and financiers to discuss the current market opportunities, advances and trends. …

Lignocellulose Shown to Have Potential in Bioplastic Production
February 28, 2014 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(Wageningen University/Biomass Magazine)  Chemical building blocks from lignocellulosic feedstock form a huge potential for the production of bioplastics. More specifically, they have potential for biodegradable plastic polylactic acid (PLA). The building block for PLA – …

New Zealand Company to Open Kearney Plant, Office
December 11, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(Sioux City Journal/Associated Press)  A New Zealand company plans to move its headquarters to Kearney and set up a production plant for its biomass resin product.

The plant will use distillers grains to produce a functional …

Evonik and LanzaTech Working on Bio-Processed Precursors for Specialty Plastics
December 9, 2013 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Lanza Tech)  Evonik Industries and LanzaTech have signed a three year research cooperation agreement which will see Evonik combining its existing biotechnology platforms with LanzaTech’s synthetic biology and gas fermentation expertise for the development of …

ICIS Innovation Award Winners, Renmatix and Virent, Announce Collaboration On Bio-based Packaging
December 6, 2013 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(ICIS/PR NewsWire)  New Routes in Sustainable Chemistry Aim to Deliver Broader Supplies of Affordable Bioplastics
ICIS Innovation Awards — At today’s ICIS Innovation Awards in London, winners Renmatix and Virent announced a strategic collaboration to convert affordable cellulosic …

Paper Mill in Maine, US Making Sugars for Biofuel from Wood Waste
November 26, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The paper industry in Old Town, Maine, US has been stuck in gradual decline for some years now. However, one company – Old Town Fuel and Fiber (OTFF) – is said to be …

Company Producing DDGS Product Has Ribbon Cutting, Open House
October 2, 2013 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The company developed Bio-Res, a trademarked product made from distillers grains, that can be used in place of traditional petroleum-based resins. It can be included in the manufacturing process …

Algix Welcomes Guests to Grand Opening
September 18, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Josh Bergeron (Selma Times-Journal)  …Algix, a company based in Georgia, opened its newest facility in Dallas County that will help turn catfish-pond algae into biodegradable plastic.

“It’s really quite a revolutionary to take algae, which is …

Land Availability Should Determine Biomass Use
August 14, 2013 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to a paper published by the nova-Institute on agricultural feedstock use in industrial applications, efficiency and sustainability assessed on a case-by-case basis should be the sole criteria in judging the choice of …

Great Big Things from Tiny Lil’ Algae: 10 Algae Trends for 2013
February 21, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  22 projects around the world show the multi-faceted promise of algae.  Concrete, polyurethane, bioplastics, cosmetics and, oh, fuels — so many big things to make from algae, it’s become a …

Chemtex Officials Offer City Timeline that Points to 2015 Plant Opening
December 26, 2012 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Chris Berendt (The Sampson Independent)  Chemtex International Inc. is currently involved in a permitting process that will see a $200 million biofuels refinery production plant open at the start of 2015, creating around 350 direct …

I Just Want to Say One Word to You. Just One Word. Are You Listening? Biocatalysts.
October 18, 2012 – 8:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  Could enzyme biocatalysts replace fermentation among the hottest process platforms in industrial biotech?  Newlight thinks so, as it applies its supercatalyst to low-cost plastics. And no petroleum or food crops …

DGs Could End up in Plastics if Biocomposite Facility Is Built
May 19, 2011 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Distillers grains as a component in plastics? You bet, if two Nebraska companies achieve their goals.

It will start by building a manufacturing facility, Laurel BioComposite LLC, in Laurel, Neb. …

MHI Establishes Technology to Produce Biofuel Locally at Low Cost from Rice and Barley Straws
April 29, 2011 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(JapanCorp.net)  Project to Make Efficient Use of Soft Cellulose

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has successfully established technology to produce ethanol for automobile fuel, satisfying the standards of the Japanese Automotive Standards Organization (JASO), from lignocellulose …

Microbe to Make Bio-Degradable Plastic Discovered
April 6, 2010 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Vikas Bhargava/Ahmedabad (Outlook India)  In a breakthrough, Bhavnagar-based Central Salt and Marine Chemical Research Institute (CSMCRI) has discovered microbe from Indian waters to manufacture bio-degradable plastic using a by product of Jatropha plant.

“We have …

Bioplastics: Ten Points To Remember
February 16, 2010 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(BioBased News)  1. Bioplastics are a family of different resin types, which are either bio-based or compostable or both. Bioplastics add new properties and performance characteristics to the huge family of plastics.   READ MORE

Cereplast Expects U.S. Bio-Plastics Market to Top $10B by 2020
December 29, 2009 – 10:24 am | No Comment

Cereplast, Inc., a leading manufacturer of proprietary bio-based, sustainable plastics, announced today that it expects the U.S. bio-plastics market to top $10 billion in sales by 2020. As of 2007, the U.S. bio-plastics market accounted …

Industrial Biotechnology in China Amidst Changing Market Conditions
February 27, 2009 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Nesbitt (Journal of International Commerce and Economics)  The increasing use of industrial biotechnology by the Chinese liquid biofuels and chemical industries is expected to help offset energy security and environmental concerns generated by China’s robust economic …

George Washington Carver and Henry Ford Shared a Bio-fuel (Ethanol) Vision
December 30, 2007 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(The Auto Channel) Though worlds apart, George Washington Carver and Henry Ford shared a vision of a future in which agricultural products would be put to new uses to create products and industries.

One idea both …