Biobased and Renewable Products News: Research

April 20, 2018
Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking Announces €115 Million In Funding For Bio-Based Projects
On April 11, 2018, the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) announced €115 million in funding for the 2018 Call for proposals focusing on feedstock, process, products, and market uptake. BBI JU is a partnership between the European Union (EU) and the Bio-based Industries Consortium that was launched to develop strong European bio-based industries.  This call includes 21 topics with 11 Research and Innovation Action (RIA) topics, 3 Coordination and Support Actions (CSA), and 7 Innovation Actions (5 DEMOs and 2 Flagships) with new eligibility criteria. Topics include ... read more >
April 13, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
Anellotech, “Anellotech Achieves Key Process Technology Operating Milestone” Veolia, “Veolia Grows Biomass Leadership, To Operate Two Additional Projects in Georgia”  Plastics Today, “PHA Bioplastics a ‘Tunable’ Solution for Convenience Food Packaging” Reuters, “South Africa Signs $4.7 Billion of Delayed Renewable Energy ... read more >
April 6, 2018
NREL Discovers Enzyme Domains That Dramatically Improve Performance
On March 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced that by studying and comparing the cellulose-degrading enzymes of two fungi, NREL researchers have pinpointed regions on these enzymes that can be targeted via genetic engineering to help break down cellulose faster.  The article published in Nature Communications, “Engineering enhanced cellobiohydrolase activity,” describes NREL’s long-running study of the fungal cellobiohydrolases (CBH) -- enzymes that use hydrolysis as their main chemistry to degrade ... read more >
March 30, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
AkzoNobel, “AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals’ 2018 Imagine Chemistry Challenge Generates 150 Innovative Business Ideas” Enerkem, “Enerkem Makes A Major Breakthrough By Producing A New High-Octane Biofuel” Fast Company, “This USDA Lab Is Turning Billions Of Pounds Of Almond Waste Into Beer, Plastic, And Power” Electrolux, “Electrolux Builds The World’s First Bioplastic Concept ... read more >
March 23, 2018
BIO Accepting Nominations For Annual Rosalind Franklin Award
On March 13, 2018, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced that nominations for the fifth annual Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology are being accepted.  Each year, the award recognizes an outstanding woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotechnology innovation.  The recipient will be presented with the award at the 2018 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in ... read more >
March 23, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
Renewable Fuels Association, “Ethanol Industry Workers, Veterans Ask Trump To Support RFS” Reuters, “U.S. Biofuels Sector Blasts EPA Settlement With Bankrupt Philadelphia Refinery” Chemical & Engineering News, “Why Efforts To Use Green Fuels Sometimes Run Afoul” Great Lakes Bioenery, “It Pays To Study The Solvent: Better Biomass Conversion For Biofuels And Bioproducts” North Queensland Register, “Cloncurry Treated Sewage Water ... read more >
March 16, 2018
NIFA Issues 2017 Annual Report
On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) published its 2017 Annual Report:  User Inspired Science Transforming Lives.  The report provides an overview and examples of the many NIFA-funded research, extension, and education outcomes conducted by a broad range of partners, including academic and science organizations; small business and industry; agencies from all levels of government; and non-governmental organizations.  According to the report, NIFA relies on stakeholder input as a key driver in ... read more >
March 16, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
Biotechnology Innovation Organization, “The U.S. Biobased Economy:  Economic Impact” DuPont Tate & Lyle BioProducts, “DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Expanding Bio-based Propanediol Production in Tennessee” Hasbro, “Hasbro to Roll Out Plant-Based Packaging” University of Wisconsin, “Protein Studies Inform Biofuels Research” GCB Bioenergy, “Field-Grown Transgenic Switchgrass (Panicum Virgatum L.) with Altered Lignin Does Not Affect Soil Chemistry, Microbiology, and Carbon Storage ... read more >
March 9, 2018
DOE Awards $10.6 Million In Funding For Bioenergy Crop Research
On February 25, 2018, the University of Illinois announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a $10.6 million grant for the Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) project.  The project is a collaborative effort between researchers from the University of Illinois, Brookhaven National Lab, University of Florida, and Mississippi State University.  ROGUE aims to transform sugarcane and Miscanthus into sustainable sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel by engineering the crops to produce oil rather than sugar.  Researchers anticipate that the ... read more >
March 9, 2018
Grow Bioplastics Receives SBIR Grant For Lignin-Based Plastic
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Grow Bioplastics, a University of Tennessee student start-up, a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant.  The funding will support research and development on new biodegradable plastics from lignin.  The biobased plastic will be used for agricultural applications, such as plastic mulch.  Grow Bioplastics’ biodegradable film can be plowed into the soil after each use, offering a solution to the additional labor costs and environmental impact of current nondegradable films.  According to Tony Bova, Grow ... read more >
March 9, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
Reuters, “White House Pushes For More Talks After 'No Deal' On Biofuels” International Air Transport Association, “Aim For 1 Billion Passengers To Fly On Sustainable Fuel Flights By 2025” Colorado State University, “How Biofuels From Plant Fibers Could Combat Global Warming” Lego, “First Sustainable Lego® Bricks Will Be Launched In 2018” Coursera, “Introduction to ... read more >
March 2, 2018
DOE Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session
The DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting an Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on June 13, 2018, in Seattle, Washington.  During the listening session, BETO will seek feedback from experts in algal biology, cultivation, and conversion on ways to address near-term research and development barriers and opportunities for cost-competitive algal biofuels and bioproducts.  The discussion will focus on opportunities and challenges in integrating algal productivity and biomass yield improvements in scalable algae cultivation systems to ... read more >
March 2, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
DOE, “Catalyst Collaboration: Argonne Accelerates Biofuel Production Technology” Safety-Kleen, “Safety-Kleen Uses New Bio-Based Cleaner To Aid NASCAR Green Effort” Great Lakes Bioenergy, “The New Bioenergy Research Center: Building On Ten Years Of Success” The Conversation, “How Plastics Made From Plants Could Be The Answer To The World’s Waste Problem” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “Synthetic Addiction Extends The Productive Life Time Of Engineered Escherichia Coli ... read more >
February 23, 2018
Bridgestone, Versalis Partner To Develop Technology To Commercialize Guayule
On February 12, 2018, Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced a strategic partnership with Versalis, a producer of polymers and elastomers, to develop a comprehensive technology package to commercialize guayule in the agricultural, sustainable-rubber, and renewable-chemical sectors.  Through the agreement, Bridgestone and Versalis will develop proprietary, highly productive varieties of guayule using the latest genetic technologies to position guayule as an attractive and profitable crop for independent growers.  The process technologies will be optimized at the Bridgestone ... read more >
February 23, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
Platts, “USDA Official Vows to Fight Brazil's 20% Tariff on US Ethanol” Advanced Biofuels Business Council, “Broad Coalition to EPA:  Unlock Corn Kernel Fiber Cellulosic Ethanol”  Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology, “A Step Towards Independence From Fossil Resources” Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., “Meridian Waste Solutions’ Attis Innovations Partners with Genarex” University of Georgia, “Gene Improves Plant Growth and Conversion to Biofuels” Louisiana State University, “Biodegradable ... read more >
February 9, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
Business Insider, “U.S. EPA Hopes To Decide Soon On Ethanol Waiver: Administrator” Qantas, “World First US-Australia Biofuel Flight Takes Off” Centre for Process Innovation, “New Pilot Plant Converts Used Cooking Oil Into Biodiesel” University of Illinois, “New Study Shows Producers Where And How To Grow Cellulosic Biofuel ... read more >
February 2, 2018
PNNL Researchers Convert Ethanol To Butadiene In Single Step
On January 23, 2018, DOE announced that researchers at PNNL have developed a catalyst capable of converting ethanol directly into butadiene.  Butadiene is the building block for nearly every major synthetic plastic or rubber in the U.S, including tires, fuel hoses, and children’s toys.  The project, which is sponsored by BETO, aimed to generate butadiene from renewable sources by developing a new catalyst that can convert ethanol into butadiene.  The current ethanol-to-butadiene catalysts required pure ethanol, free of water, to be passed through multiple times to achieve ... read more >
February 2, 2018
NBB Announces New Report On Biodiesel Benefits
On January 22, 2018, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that a new study on lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects of biodiesel updates and reaffirms the benefits of using the renewable fuel.  The report was published jointly by ANL, Purdue University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Researchers gathered data on the energy and emissions from farming soybeans, the feedstock for approximately half of U.S. biodiesel.  Among the data collected was the largest survey of biodiesel production facilities to date to determine the amount of ... read more >
February 2, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
Neste, “Neste Ranked The 2nd Most Sustainable Company In The World” Chemical & Engineering News, “Genomatica, Aquafil Partner For Biobased Nylon” University of Nebraska, “Husker Researchers Explore Economic Potential For Sweet Sorghum Ethanol In Western Nebraska” Stanford, “Newly Discovered Cellulose Could Have Applications From Energy To ... read more >
January 26, 2018
NASA Announces Continuation Of Alternative Fuel Study
On January 10, 2018, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced the next phase of its international collaboration to study the impact of biofuels on jet engine performance, emissions, and contrail formation.  In February, NASA’s DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory will sample and analyze gases and particles present in the wake of the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Advanced Technology Research Aircraft (ATRA) A320 aircraft as it burns alternative biofuels.  Eight joint DC-8/A320 flights are planned to sample three different fuels at a variety of ... read more >
January 26, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, “EERE Success Story --Archer Daniels Midland Partners with PNNL to Become a Leading Producer of Biobased Propylene Glycol” Reuters, “Chemical Industry in Bid to Harness Germany's Green Power Overload” Nasdaq, “U.S. Refiner PES Says Bankruptcy Plan Hinges on Biofuel Costs” University of Wisconsin, “Bio-Renewable Process Could Help ‘Green’ Plastic” Stanford, “Stanford-Led Team Discovers New Cellulose that Could Have Applications from Energy to ... read more >
January 19, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
Euractiv, “Socialists, EPP and ALDE Propose to Cap Biofuels Shares At 2017 Level, End Palm Oil” Alabama Cooperative Extension System, “Alabama Producers Growing Carinata for Biofuel” Arizona State University, “ASU Developing Biodegradable Plastics Made from Bacteria” Rothamsted Research, “Less Chewing the Cud, More Greening the ... read more >
January 12, 2018
New York City Council Passes Bill To Study Implementation Of Renewable Fuels
On December 28, 2017, New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides announced that the New York City Council unanimously passed a bill on the use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel technologies in the city ferry fleet (INT. 54).  The legislation would require a two-year study on the feasibility of using alternative fuel, including biodiesel, and fuel technologies, including hybrid electric or fuel-cell electric, in city ferries.  The study would include consideration of availability, storage, ferry compatibility, possible barriers, regulatory requirements, and other ... read more >
January 12, 2018
Colombian Researchers Patent Optimized Process For Biodiesel Production
Researchers at the National University of Colombia (UN) have designed and patented a faster and less costly process for producing biodiesel.  The process uses a tube reactor that allows the oil from crops, such as palm, soybean, or jatropha and alcohol, such as methanol, to flow in opposite directions and react without mixing.  Differences in density cause the biodiesel-containing oil phase to rise while the alcohol phase containing glycerol descends.  The “countercurrent operation” requires fewer steps and less equipment than other production processes.  ... read more >
January 12, 2018
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
DOE, “Researchers Find Bioenergy Crops Provide Critical Ecosystem Services” Anellotech, “Anellotech Announces Commencement of Key R&D Program at TCat-8®” Co.Design, “The Creators Of This Algae Plastic Want To Start A Maker Revolution” Financial Express, “Eco-Friendly Method Turns Raw Biomass Into High Value ... read more >
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