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LanzaTech Announces $72Mn Novo Holdings Investment (Int'l, Funding)
LanzaTech,Novo Holdings
Date: 2019-08-09
Next generation fuels producer LanzaTech is reporting Novo Holdings will invest $72 million in the company in a Series E financing. The new funds will be used to expand LanzaTech's carbon recycling platform and for commercialization of its Carbon Smart™ products.

Novo Holdings A/S is the Novo Nordisk Foundation's wholly owned holding company for Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S.

Lanzatech's gas fermentation technology uses special microbes to recycle residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. The company's product portfolio includes additional biochemicals besides ethanol, such as chemical specialties and intermediates that can be used as raw materials in other chemical production processes. The technology is also said to be potentially suitable for treating and recycling waste streams in the chemical industry and for municipal waste disposal, according to the company. (Source: LanzaTech, PR, Biofuels Int'l., 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: Novo Holdings, +45 3527 6500, www.novoholdings.dk; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Novo Holdings,  


Castor Oil, Derivatives Market Pegged for Expansion (Ind. Report)

Date: 2019-07-29
! Castrol oil, with a high specific gravity, thickness and hydroxyl value, is used either in its refined hydrogenated form or crude form, is primarily used for the production of various bio-based chemicals, biodiesel fuel and other valuable products.

According to the report, the Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate the castor oil derivatives market in the time period 2018-26. India is projected to be the major production hub of castor oil derivatives globally, followed by Brazil, Russia, Paraguay, Philippines, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, and Thailand.

Some prominent market players of global castor oil and derivatives market are Liaoyang Huaxing Chemical Co., ITOH Oil Chemicals Co. Ltd., Jayant Agro Organics, Bom Brazil, Hokoku Corporation, Ltd., Kanak Castor Products Pvt. Ltd., Thai Castor Oil Industries Co. Ltd., Gokul Overseas, and others are among the major global players in the castor oil market.

Download report details HERE and HERE (Source: The Market Plan, 28 July, 2019) Request For Table of Contents: https://www.trendsmarketresearch.com/report/requesttoc/9536

More Low-Carbon Energy News Castor Oil,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  


Aemetis India Expands Revenues to $50Mn Per Year Run Rate (Int'l)
Aemetis
Date: 2019-07-17
Following up on our 22nd May coverage, Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary in Hydrbad ramped revenues to over $50 million per year run rate after biodiesel shipments commenced in May -- pursuant to a previously announced $23 million biodiesel supply contract to the three India government-owned Oil Marketing Companies (OMC's).

In late 2018, the three India OMC's that supply about 70 pct of the country's domestic diesel issued purchase requests for about 260 million gallons of biodiesel for year 2019 -- equal to India's total biodiesel production capacity.

As previously reported, the Aemetis biodiesel plant in India recently completed the installation and commissioning of a pre-treatment plant and related utilities upgrades to convert lower cost, waste feedstocks into high quality distilled biodiesel to supply the approximately 25 billion gallon diesel market in India. (Source: Aemetis, PR, EIN, 16 July, 2019)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  Aemetis India,  


Green Biologics Shuttering Minn. Biobutanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Green Biologics
Date: 2019-07-12
UK-headquartered biochemicals producer Green Biologics reports it is shuttering its Little Falls, Minnesota plant due to cash flow problems. The modified Little Falls ethanol plant produces acetone and 1-butanol via fermentation. Approximately 50 employees will be affected by the shutdown, the company said.

The company raised roughly $100 million from investors in 2015. (Source: Green Biologics, Chemical & Engineering News, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Green Biologics, 320-632-1614, www. greenbiologics.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Biologics news,  Biobutanol news,  Biofuel news,  


Kemira Participates in Bio-based Chemicals Project (Int'l)
Kemira Oyi
Date: 2019-06-24
Helsinki-headquartered pulp and paper firm Kemira Oyi reports it has joined a four-year, EU funded project to develop 100 pct bio-based chemicals from renewable raw materials. The project aims to develop and improve woody biomass production efficiency at pulp mills.

The project, which was launched in May 2019, received €5.9 million funding from the EU's Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The €9.6 million project is one of several undertakings aimed at developing a sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe.

Ecohelix , Avantium Chemicals BV, Metgen Oyi , Novamont Spa , Fundacio Universitaria Balmes , Graanul Biotech Ou , and Spinverse are also participating in the four-year project in which members will conduct demo-scale trial runs at a dissolving pulp mill in Europe. The aim is to develop fully bio-based polymeric chemistries for paper and cardboard production to complement and even replace polymers that are derived from petroleum. (Source: Kemira Oyi, PR, GlobalNewswire, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Kemira Oyi, +358 10 8611, Fax. +358 10 862 1119, www.kemira.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kemira Oyi,  Biochemical,  


Aemetis Inks Indian Biodiesel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2019-05-22
Aemetis Universal Biofuels India, a subsidiary of Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemical specialist Aemetis Inc. , reports it will supply 25 million or more US gpy of distilled biodiesel to an unnamed multi-site mining company with sites in southern and central India .

Shipments have already started, and there are plans to expand the deal to additional mines as it installs on-site storage for biodiesel.

Aemetis owns and operates a 60-million gpy ethanol production facility in California's Central Valley. It also has a 50-million-gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the east coast of India for production of high-quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for US, European and Indian customers. (Source: Aemetis, Mining Magazine, May, 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  


ICGEB Touts Novel Yeast Strain to Increase Ethanol Prod. (Int'l)
ICGEB,Ethanol
Date: 2019-04-15
In Delhi, researchers from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) are touting Saccharomyces cerevisiae NGY10, a novel yeast strain that they say increases ethanol production by as much as 15.5 pct when glucose or lignocellulose biomass -- rice and wheat straw -- is fermented.

The research team led by Dr. Naseem A. Gaur from the Yeast Biofuel Group at ICGEB , found the NGY10 strain can be metabolically engineered to ferment both hexose and pentose sugars leading to increased production of ethanol using lignocellulose. This will increase the quantity of ethanol produced from lignocellulose and reduce the cost of ethanol production.

DBT-ICGEB is an integrated centre for performing cutting-edge basic research and its translation into reality. It thrives upon ICGEB mandate to perform research in the field of molecular biology and biotechnology and will serve as platform for the synthetic biologists to work in diverese bioenergy areas such as microbial engineering, biochemical engineering, algal engineering and systems biology.

India has targeted 10 pct ethanol-gasoline blend (E10) for moter vehicle fuels by 2022.

(Source: International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research, Delhi, The Hindu, April, 2019) Contact: DBT-ICGEB, Ajay Kumar Pandey, +91-11-2674-2357 extn:462, barsebrajesh@icgeb.res.in, www. icgeb-bioenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yeast,  Ethanol,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yeast,  Ethanol,  


Palm Oil Producers Partner to Protest EU Directive (Int'l)
Palm Oil,Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries
Date: 2019-04-08
Reporting from Kuala Lumpur, the governments of Malaysia and Indonesian have announced the two major global palm oil producers will, under the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries, (CPOPC) embark on a joint mission to Brussels this week to register a firm objection to the Delegated Regulation Supplementing Directive 2018/2021 of the European Union Renewable Energy Directive II.

According to the release, "Malaysia has argued that the law discriminates against biofuels and bioliquids produced from palm oil and other oil crops. There is also significant lack of scientific data and reliable information used in the Delegated Regulation which classifies palm oil production as a high Indirect Land Use Change risk biofuel feedstock."

"Malaysia urges the European Union to provide equitable treatment across all oil crop biofuels and bioliquids in line with the World Trade Organization non-discriminative principles. Malaysia will continue to overcome disruptive and discriminatory practices on suppressing the palm oil trade," the release added. (Source: Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries, Bernama, Sun Daily, 6 April, 2019) Contact: Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries, www.cpopc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Palm Oil,  Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries ,  


Bio3Gen Touts Wastewater Algae-to-Biofuel Technology (Ind. Report)
Bio3Gen,Purdue University
Date: 2019-04-05
In West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University affiliate startup Gen3Bio reports it is advancing a unique way to transform algae used to purify municipal wastewater into specialty bio-based chemicals such as biofuels or bioplastics. The company's "patented enzyme technology breaks open the algae and takes out the sugars, fats and proteins, and converts those into specialty chemicals. It's a way to keep the carbon cycle going by renewing the use of the algae into useful and safe products," according to Bio3Gen founder and CEO Kelvin Okamoto.

Gen3Bio has been accepted into two accelerator programs focused on advancing new environmentally friendly technologies -- the BREW in Milwaukee and Carbontech Labs in San Francisco.

The BREW accelerator, sponsored by The Water Council, focuses on fresh water, wastewater treatment and water treatment technologies.The BREW accelerator offers selected companies $50,000 in funds, connections to office and research space, and access to mentors. At the end of the program in June, Gen3bio, along with the other participants, will pitch their technologies to a panel of investors.

Gen3Bio received assistance from the Purdue Foundry, a startup accelerator that works with any Indiana-based company. The technology is patented and exclusively licensed from the University of Toledo. (Source: Gen3Bio, Purdue News Service, 4 April, 2019) Contact: Gen3Bio, Kelvin Okamoto, kokamoto@gen3bio.com; Purdue Research Foundation, Tom Coyne, (765) 588-1044, tjcoyne@prf.org, www.prf.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio3Gen,  Algae,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Purdue University ,  


Minn. Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grants Available (Funding)
Minnesota for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation
Date: 2019-03-29
In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture reports applications are being accepted for Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant funding. The funding is to support advancing bioenergy or biochemical production technologies beyond "bench" or proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale, through construction and operation of a pilot plant.

To that end, the state program plans to award up to a total of $150,000 in fiscal year 2019. Up to 50 pct of project costs can be covered by the grant program, with a maximum possible award of $150,000.

The grant program requires funding be used for equipment needed to achieve the goals of the project implementation, or wages, software or other expenses necessary to advance the grant project's work plan.

Download grant details HERE. (Source: Minn, Dept. of Agriculture, PR, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Minn. Dept. of Agriculture, Kevin Hennesy, (651) 201-6223, Kevin.Hennessy@state.mn.us, www.mda.state.mn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biochemical,  


Lignocellulose Conversion Bio-Saccharification Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Date: 2019-02-27
In China, the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, is touting "consolidated bio-saccharification (CBS)" a novel strategy for cost-efficient lignocellulose conversion. CBS combines cellulase production and hydrolysis while separating fermentation from the integrated process by taking fermentable sugar as the target product to couple various downstream fermentation processes. Construction of a pilot-scale CBS demonstration is now underway.

The industrial conversion of biomass to high-value biofuels and biochemicals is mainly restricted by lignocellulose solubilization. Previously, three strategies had been reported for lignocellulose bioconversion -- separate enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation (SHF), simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF), and consolidated bioprocessing (CBP).

Using the newly developed biocatalyst and optimal conditions, the CBS process was shortened by half using pretreated wheat straw as the substrate. Under such conditions, the sugar yield reached 0.795 g/g and the saccharification level was 89.3 pct .

The QIBEBT study was published in Biotechnology for Biofuels on Feb 18th and was supported by the Transformational Technologies for Clean Energy and Demonstration program of the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Key Technology Research and Development Program of Shandong, and the Major Program of the Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation. (Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences , Public Release, Feb., 2019) Contact: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. CUI Qiu, QIBEBT, Chinese Academy of Sciences, +86-532-80662622, +86-532-80662778-fax, chengjing@qibebt.ac.cn, english.qibebt.cas.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  lignocellulose,  


IEA Touts New Biofuture Platform Facilitator (Ind. Report)
IEA,Biofuture Platform
Date: 2019-02-11
The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports it has officially taken on the role of Facilitator of the 20-member nation Biofuture Platform -- Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, the Netherlands.

The Biofuture Platform organization aims to accelerate development and deployment of modern sustainable low-carbon alternatives to fossil based solutions in transport fuels, chemicals, plastics and other bioenergy sectors.

Since its launch in November 2016, the Biofuture Platform Platform has worked with the IEA on various initiatives including analysis and promotion of innovative bioenergy technology, effective policies, sustainability governance and multilateral collaboration. In 2018, the IEA identified modern bioenergy as the "overlooked giant among renewables" noting that it corresponds to 50 pct of the total consumption of renewable energy.

In addition, the IEA will expand and strengthen collaboration with bioenergy frontrunners under its Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme. (Source: Biofuture Platform, IEA, Modern Diplomat, 10 Feb., 2019) Contact: Biofuture Platform, www.biofutureplatform.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  IEA,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  


Aemetis Closes on Calif. Dairy Digester RNG Investment (Ind. Report)
Aemetis,Protair-X Americas
Date: 2019-01-02
In the Golden State, Cupertino-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemical specialist Aemetis Inc. reports its subsidiary, Aemetis Biogas LLC, has closed a $30 million equity investment and funded the first $8.3 million tranche to Aemetis Biogas to construct, own and operate dairy biomethane digesters, pipelines and gas cleanup/compression facilities primarily under 20-year agreements with a dozen dairy farm operations in California. The equity funding was provided by Protair-X Americas, an environmental investment unit of Protair-X Technologies in Canada.

In addition to its ethanol and wet distillers grain facility in Keyes, California, Aemetis owns and operates a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel biodiesel production facility in India, as well as operates an R&D laboratory and holds patents on renewable fuels and renewable chemicals production related technologies. (Source: Aemetis, Feedstuffs, 31 Dec., 2018)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; Protair-X Americas, www.protairx.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  RNG,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  Protair-X Americas ,  


Aemetis Newest Renewable Fuels Association Member (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association,Aemetis
Date: 2018-11-30
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is reporting Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. has been added to the RFA membership roster.

Aemetis operates a 60 million gpy ethanol and DDGs animal feed production facility in Keyes, California and operates a 50 million gpy distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin biorefinery on the East Coast of India. The company also maintains a research and development laboratory and holds granted patents on technology related to the production of renewable fuels and renewable chemicals. (Source: RFA, PR, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  Aemetis,  


USDA Offers Biorefinery, Biochemical Loan Guarantees (Ind. Report)
USDA
Date: 2018-08-31
The USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. The program provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to fund the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial-scale biorefineries using eligible technology. It can also be used to help fund the development of biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial-scale processing and manufacturing equipment to convert renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products on a commercial scale.

Download Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program details HERE. (Source: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Aug., 2018) Contact: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/agencies/rural-business-cooperative-service

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  USDA,  


USDA Offers Biorefinery, Biochemical Loan Guarantees (Ind. Report)
USDA
Date: 2018-08-10
The USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program.

The program provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to fund the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial-scale biorefineries using eligible technology. It can also be used to help fund the development of biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial-scale processing and manufacturing equipment to convert renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products on a commercial scale.

Download details and Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program HERE. (Source: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Aug., 2018) Contact: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/agencies/rural-business-cooperative-service

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Bioenergy,  


BRAG, BIO Call for Bio-based Chemicals, Products Namimg Guidance from EPA (Ind. Report)
BRAG,BIO
Date: 2018-07-30
The Washington, DC-based Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group® (BRAG) and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) have reportedly requested that EPA develop naming guidance for biobased substances that would level the playing field for biobased chemicals and help customers select chemicals derived from a variety of renewable sources.

BRAG and BIO recently-issued a white paper -- Proposal for a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Representation and Equivalency Determinations for Renewable and Sustainable Bio-based Chemicals -- outlines the regulatory challenges and market impedance facing the biobased industry related to current naming conventions.

TSCA, the U.S. law that regulates both existing and new industrial chemicals introduced for commercial purposes, is interpreted and applied by the U.S. EPA in ways that often make it difficult for new bio-based chemicals and, more importantly, their derivatives to enter the market easily if at all. The pre-market review process often results in many bio-based chemicals being subjected to restrictions beyond those applied to chemically identical substances with a petroleum source or those derived from traditional seed and vegetable oils that are already on the market.

BRAG and BIO requested EPA naming guidance for bio-based substances and production sources because current resources are scant, scattered, and dated. Creating comprehensive source- and process-agnostic naming guidance for these chemicals and adopting a constituent-based naming system would level the playing field for biobased chemicals and allow customers more freedom in selecting a greener chemical that is derived from a variety of renewable sources. (Source: BRAG, PR, 27 July, 2018) Contact: BRAG, Kathleen Roberts, Executive Director, (202) 833-6581, kroberts@bc-cm.com, www.braginfo.org; Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Bret Erikson, VP, Paul Winters, (202) 962-9237, www.bio.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News BRAG,  Biotechnology Innovation Organization,  Biochemical,  


Aemetis Riverbank Biorefinery Touted World's #1 Waste-to-Value Project (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-06-20
Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports that the publication Biofuels Digest has awarded the Aemetis cellulosic ethanol facility under development at the Riverbank site in California as the "#1 Waste-to-Value Project in the world." The Aemetis facility earned its #1 project ranking as a result of its low cost contracted inputs, high value outputs, proven process technology and a planned $125 million USDA guaranteed loan. The facility was ranked above high profile and funded advanced biofuels projects including those developed by Fulcrum, Red Rock, Clariant, Poet and Enerkem.

Biofuels Digest noted that the Aemetis Riverbank project combines the best technology from leading technology providers LanzaTech and InEnTec with the local availability of waste orchard wood and other feedstock that can be used to produce Aemetis' high value cellulosic ethanol and valuable byproducts.

Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California's Central Valley, near Modesto. Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility in India producing distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for the Indian, US and European markets. The company also operates an R&D laboratory, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  BiochemicalAemetis,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


DOE Announces $40Mn for Bio-Based Research (R&D, Funding)
Office of Biological and Environmental Research
Date: 2018-06-20
In Washington, the US DOE has announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources.

Over the past decade, DOE-supported scientists have identified and modified a wide range of microbial organisms to be "production workhorses" transforming microbes into effective platforms for the generation of fuels and other precursor chemicals from renewable plant feedstocks.

Organisms under study range from yeast and fungi to cyanobacteria and rare thermophilic microbes that thrive at extremely high temperatures. Products to be produced include biofuels, alcohols and other valuable precursor chemicals with multiple possible downstream applications. In addition to the projects focused on specific microorganisms, approximately one third of the projects are focused on developing and improving the essential imaging tools for this work of characterizing and modifying organisms on a microscopic scale.

Projects were chosen by competitive peer review under two separate DOE Funding Opportunity Announcements, one for Systems Biology of Bioenergy-Relevant Microbes and another for Bioimaging Research for Bioenergy, both sponsored by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research within the Department's Office of Science. Total funding is $40 million for projects lasting three years in duration. (Source: US DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research, 15 June, 2018) Contact: US DOE Office of Biological and Environmental, Research, https://science.energy.gov/ber

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Biofuel R&D,  Biochemical,  


BASF Invests in LanzaTech (Int'l. Report)
BASF,LanzaTech
Date: 2018-06-15
German chemicals giant BASF is confirming it has invested an undisclosed sum in Chicago-headquartered biotech LanzaTech.

Lanzatech's gas fermentation technology uses special microbes to recycle residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. The company's product portfolio includes additional biochemicals besides ethanol, such as chemical specialties and intermediates, that can be used as raw materials in other chemical production processes. The technology is also said to be potentially suitable for treating and recycling waste streams in the chemical industry and for municipal waste disposal. (Source: BASF, WMW, 14 June, 2018) Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  


White Dog, AdvanceBio Collaborate on Clostridia Technology (R&D)
White Dog Labs
Date: 2018-06-13
Rehovot,Israel-based White Dog Labs Israel, a subsidiary of New Castle, Delaware-based White Dog Laboratories (WDL) and AdvanceBio are reporting receipt of grant funding from the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation BIRD Energy to further develop CelZyme™, a cellulosic hydrolysis technology developed by WDL Israel using the microorganism Clostridium thermocellum ( Ctx ).

In the wild, Ctx is nature's best cellulosic degrader, and since it is anaerobic, the technology has the potential of lowering enzymes costs via onsite CelZyme production, using part of the biomass as its feedstock.

WDL has developed a core competency for the isolation, selection, cultivation and engineering of Clostridia, a long known but less understood class of bacteria, with promising applications in biochemicals and fuels.

Cincinnati, Ohio-headquartered AdvanceBio provides renewable chemical and fuel process technology development and design services globally to first generation producers as well as companies developing second-generation, cellulosic ethanol processes. (Source: White Dog Lab, PR, Business Wire, June, 2018) Contact: White Dog Lab., Bryan Tracy, (302) 220-4763, btracy@whitedoglabs.com, www.WhiteDogLabs.com; White Dog Labs Israel, Alon Karpol, akarpol@whitedoglabs.com; AdvanceBio, Dale Monceaux, monceaux@advancebio.com, www.AdvanceBio.com; BIRD Foundation, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, +972 3 698 8300, (650) 752-6485, www.birdf.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News White Dog Labs,  BIRD Energy,  ,  


Kreussler Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label (Ind Report)
USDA Certified Biobased Product
Date: 2018-06-13
In the Sunshine State, Tampa-based bio-hemicals firm Kreussler Inc. reports it has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for it's SOLVONK4 product. the Biobased Product Label identifies a product's percentage of biobased content.

Third-party verified Biobased Product Label is administered through the USDA BioPreferred Program, which aims to increase the development, purchase, and use of biobased products.

According to the USDA, biobased products contributed $393 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014, directly and indirectly supported 4.2 million jobs, and displaced up to 6.8 million barrels of oil. The BioPreferred Program spans a diverse range of applications including lubricants, cleaning products, chemicals, and bioplastics. More than 3,000 products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, (Source: Kesussler Inc., PR, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Kreussler Inc. Richard Fitzpatrick, VP, (603) 721-9478, richard.fitzpatrick@kreussler.com, www.kreussler.com; USDA BioPreferred® Program, Vernell Thompson, 202.720.4145, Vernell.Thompson@dm.usda.gov; visit www.kreussler.com, SOURCE Kreussler Inc. USDA Certified Biobased Product Label, www.biopreferred.gov, http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Certified Biobased Product,  Biochemical,  


Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network UKBioChem10 Report (Ind. Report)
Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network
Date: 2018-06-01
In the UK, the Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network (LBNet) has released its new UKBioChem10 report. LBNet, a government-funded body tasked with fostering cross-disciplinary communities in the industrial biotechnology sector, supports the biotechnology sector and promotes novel bio-based chemical research.

The LBNet report identifies the top ten green alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals and urges the UK government to invest in specific plant-based chemicals to replace environmentally harmful plastics and petroleum products.

The LBNet is one of 13 collaborative Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy set up by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC NIBB) to boost interaction between academia and industry, and promote the translation of that research into benefits for the UK.

Download highlights from the UKBioChem10 report HERE. (Source: LBNet, May, 2018) Contact: LBNet,, Veronica Ongaro, +44 (0) 1904 328 761, veronica.ongaro@york.ac.uk, https://lb-net.net; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, https://bbsrc.ukri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioplastic,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  Lignocellulosic,  


Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market Report -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Markets Report World,
Date: 2018-05-28
Markets Report World's Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market by Product Type, Top Manufacturer Capacity, Production, Price, Revenue and Market Share, Analysis & Forecast by 2021 is a detailed study of the global bio-based chemicals market dynamics including market growth trends, structure, driving factors, scope, opportunities, challenges, vendor landscape analysis and more.

Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals Market by Top Vendors include: BASF; Cargill; Incorporated; DSM; INEOS; PTT Global Chemical Public Company. Other prominent vendors include: BioAmber; Braskem; DuPont; GFBiochemicals; LyondellBasell Industries; Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation; Novozymes; Prinova Group; Qingdao Langyatai (Group); Revolymer; Succinity; Yield10 Bioscience and others.

Global Bio-based Platform Chemicals market report analyses the market potential for each geographical region based on the growth rate, macroeconomic parameters, consumer buying patterns, and market demand and supply scenarios.

Report details and a sample PDF of report are HERE. Purchase Report HERE. (Source: Market Reports World, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Markets Report World, www.marketreportsworld.com

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Sandia Scientists Convert Plant Lignin into Biochemicals (R&D)
Sandia National Laboratories
Date: 2018-05-21
In San Francisco, Sandia National Laboratories scientists are touting new technology based on bio-engineered bacteria that can make it economically feasible to produce chemicals from renewable plant sources -- lignin. Lignin is the component of plant cell walls that gives them strength. It is brimming with energy but getting to that energy is so costly and complex that the resulting biofuel can't compete economically with other forms of transportation energy. Once broken down, lignin can be converted into nylon, plastics, pharmaceuticals and other valuable products.

"For years, we have been researching cost-effective ways to break down lignin and convert it into valuable platform chemicals," Sandia bioengineer Seema Singh said. "We applied our understanding of natural lignin degraders to E. coli because that bacterium grows fast and can survive harsh industrial processes," she added in the work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America,. (Source: Sandia National Laboratories, IANS, Quint, 19 May, 2018) Contact: Sandia National Laboratories, Seema Singh, Bioengineering, (925) 294-4551, www.jbei.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Seema-Singh_CV_JBEI.pdf

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lignin,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Renewable Fuel,  Sandia National Laboratories,  


Biofuels Market Leading Manufacturers 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-05-04
E Market Research is offering Biofuels Market Leading Manufacturers 2018 biofuels market report, an in-depth investigation on the competitive biofuels market.

Key players included in the global Biofuels market report are: China Agri-Industries Holdings, COFCO Biochemical (AnHui), Raizen, ADM, Tianguan Group, Cargill, POET, Big River Resources, Vivergo, The Andersons, BP, Pacific Ethanol, Flint Hills Resources, Green Plains, CropEnergies, Valero, Abengoa Bioenergy and Jilin Fuel Ethanol

The report analyzes the biofuels market by: type-- Biodiesel and Bioethanol; end users -- industrial fuels, transportation fuels and Chemical industry; regions; distributors; dealers; traders and manufacturers including contact information, production strategies, the scope of the Biofuels product, their capacity, worldwide productivity, and revenue generation.

Details and a PDF sample copy of this study HERE (Source: E Market Research, May, 2018) Contact: E Market Research, (857) 239-0696, nquiry@market.biz, http://emarketresearch.us/global-biofuels-market-2017-2022


ADM, DuPont Announce Biobased FDME Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
ADM, DuPont
Date: 2018-05-02
DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) are reporting the collaborative opening of the world's first biobased furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) pilot production facility in Decatur, Illinois. FDME technology, which starts with fructose from corn, is a more efficient and simple process than traditional conversion approaches and results in higher yields, lower energy usage and lower capital expenditures.

DuPont's proprietary Bio-PDO*trade; (1,3-propanediol). PTF is a 100 pct renewable polymer that, in bottling applications, can be used to create plastic bottles that are lighter-weight, more sustainable and better performing. (Source: ADM, DuPont, PR, World Grains, 1 May, 2018) Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, www.biosciences.dupont.com; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, media@adm.com, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont,  Archer Daniels Midland,  DuPont ,  FDME,  Bioplastic,  Biochemical,  


Ecovia Renewables Raises $1Mn in Seed Financing (Ind. Report)
Ecovia Renewables
Date: 2018-04-11
Ann Arbor, Michegan-based biotechnology firm Ecovia Renewables, Inc. reports it has raised an initial $1 million in seed funding which will be used for near-term R&D, product development, and bioprocess scale-up activities.

Investors include Seppic Inc. with which Ecovia signed a multi-year joint-development agreement. Under the deal, the two parties will co-develop a suite of biobased and biodegradable polymers for topical applications in the health and beauty markets. Similarly, Seppic will have exclusive marketing rights to products made using Ecovia' proprietary fermentation platform, Ecovia Renewables is focused on the research and development of high-performing biobased chemicals and fuels. (Source: Ecovi Renewables, PR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Ecovia, info@ecoviarenewables.com, www.ecovia.com

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Growth Opportunities for Bio-based Chemicals and Materials in Europe and North America -- Frost & Sullivan Report Available (Ind. Report)
Frost & Sullivan
Date: 2018-04-09
Santa Clara, California-based Frost & Sullivan's latest analysis, Growth Opportunities for Bio-based Chemicals and Materials in Europe and North America forecasts the market to reach $25.90 billion by 2024, driven by government initiatives, proactive efforts from market participants to develop environmentally friendly products, and consumer preferences for adopting greener and safer products. The establishment of regulatory standards will be critical to ensure consistency and increase market transparency toward bio-degradability, recyclability, sustainability, and bio-based content of products.

The analysis provides an assessment of disruptive trends, drivers and restraints, market share, unit shipment, revenue forecast, analysis by chemistry, competitive environment, and pricing trends for key bio-based segments such as paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, and plastics. To position products competitively in the marketplace the report suggests:

  • Implementing optimization strategies for sourcing raw material, streamlining production processes, and managing logistics and transportation of materials to address higher average price challenges;
  • Strengthening technological competence to obtain stronger expertise in formulation and production activities that will help develop investor and consumer confidence;
  • Bringing bio-based products on par with synthetic counterparts in terms of functionality, performance, price, and familiarity of production processes to accelerate adoption of bio-based materials; and Increasing scale of production to substantially reduce average prices of bio-based products, thereby boosting customer adoption rates.

    Further information and report details are HERE. (Source: Frost & Sullivan, PR, 6 April, 2018) Contact: Frost & Sullivan, Jaylon Brinkley, Corporate Communications, (210) 247-2481, Jaylon.Brinkley@frost.com, ww2.frost.com

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  • Anellotech Scores Additional $6Mn Suntory Investment (Ind. Report)
    Anellotech,Suntory
    Date: 2018-03-28
    Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech, is reporting two weeks of continuous operation of its seven-story tall TCat-8 pilot plant in Silsbee, Texas, producing primarily benzene, toluene, and xylenes (aromatics) from loblolly pine feedstock. The company also reports receipt of an additional $6 million investment from Suntory Holdings Limited, which was part of a previously announced $15 million package. To date, Suntorys has invested more than $30 million in Anellotech.

    The Anellotech Bio-TCat Process's cost-competitive renewable aromatic chemicals are "drop in" replacements for their identical petroleum-derived counterparts, and can be used in manufacturing plastics renewable transportation fuels.

    The alliance with Suntory, one of Anellotech's principal strategic investment partners, began in 2012 with the goal of enabling the development and commercialization of cost-competitive 100 pct bio-based plastics for use in beverage bottles. Suntory currently uses 30 pct plant-derived materials for its Mineral Water Suntory Tennensui brands and is pursuing the development of a 100 pct bio-based PET bottle through this alliance, as part of its commitment to sustainable business practices. (Source: Anellotech Inc., PR, 28 Mar., 2018) Contact: Anellotech Inc. David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Suntory news,  Anellotech news,  Biochemical news,  Bioplastic news,  Renewable Fuel news,  PET Plastic news,  


    Enzyme Enables First-time Microbial Production of Aromatic Biofuel (R&D, New Prod & Tech)
    Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tpy..

    A major focus of research at JBEI, and in the broader community of biofuel researchers, is the production of industrially and commercially relevant fuels and chemicals from renewable resources, such as lignocellulosic biomass, rather than from petroleum. The enzyme discovered in this study will enable the first-time microbial production of bio-based toluene, and in fact, the first microbial production of any aromatic hydrocarbon biofuel.

    The enzyme discovery resulted from the intensive study of two very different microbial communities that produced toluene. One community contained microbes from lake sediment, and the other from sewage sludge. Since microbes in the environment are a reservoir of enzymes that catalyze an extraordinarily diverse set of chemical reactions, it's not unusual for scientists working in biotechnology to source enzymes from nature.

    The toluene-synthesizing enzyme discovered in this study, phenylacetate decarboxylase, belongs to a family of enzymes known as glycyl radical enzymes (GREs). The radical nature of GREs allows them to catalyze chemically challenging reactions, such as anaerobic decarboxylation of phenylacetate to generate toluene.

    In fact, metagenome analyses revealed that these microbial communities each contained more than 300,000 genes - the equivalent of more than 50 bacterial genomes. Another challenge was that the anaerobic microbial communities and many of their enzymes were sensitive to oxygen, forcing the scientists to manipulate cultures and enzymes under strictly anaerobic conditions.

    The discovery process combined protein purification techniques used by biochemists for decades, such as fast protein liquid chromatography, with modern metagenomic, metaproteomic, and associated bioinformatic analyses, some of which were carried out in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute, a DOE Office of Science User Facility. An important component of the discovery process was to validate the researchers' predictions of the toluene biosynthesis enzyme with experiments using highly controlled assays involving purified proteins.

    The researchers believe that their study results have implications for fundamental and applied science. From a biochemical perspective, the study expands the known catalytic range of GREs, and from a biotechnological perspective, it will enable first-time biochemical synthesis of an aromatic fuel hydrocarbon from renewable resources. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute, www.jbei.org; LBNL, Harry Beller, Snr. Scientist, JBEI scientific lead, (510) 486-7321, HRBeller@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov

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    Aemetis Touts Cellulosic Ethanol Demo Success (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis,LanzaTech
    Date: 2018-03-07
    Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the completion and and operated of an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan.

    In partnership with its key technology providers InEnTec and LanzaTech, Aemetis optimized the integration of an advanced arc furnace and gas fermentation technologies to convert waste biomass into low carbon, renewable cellulosic ethanol and fish meal. The unit was built at the InEnTec Technology Center in Richland, Washington and demonstrated the fully integrated system, including biomass handling, gasification, gas clean up, waste treatment and distillation systems. With a 20-year feedstock supply agreement and a 55-year lease already signed, the 12 million gpy Riverbank plant is expected to begin operations in 2019.

    For the demonstration unit, Aemetis used waste orchard wood and nut shells from almond and walnut trees as feedstock, gasified the biomass using a high temperature plasma gasification system to produce syngas, cooled and cleaned the syngas, and supplied the syngas to a patented gas fermentation bioreactor to produce an ethanol "broth" which was distilled to produce commercial grade ethanol.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Newswire, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic,  LanzaTech,  


    Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Refocuses (Ind. Report)
    Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
    Date: 2018-02-19
    The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reports it has embarked on a new mission develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and products currently derived from petroleum.

    GLBRC originally focused on corn stover ethanol production and developing perennial plants like switchgrass and miscanthus as biofuel feedstocks. Now, GLBRC goal is centered on designing advanced biofuels, such as isobutanol. These "drop-in" fuels could be used to replace gasoline without engine modification. By engineering bioenergy crops to enhance their environmental and economic value, and conducting research to generate multiple products from plant biomass, these advancements could optimize the bioenergy field-to-product pipeline.

    GLBRC scientists and engineers are also improving the yield and processing traits of dedicated bioenergy crops for cultivation on marginal, or non-agricultural, land. With smart management, these crops have the potential to benefit the ecosystem, help mitigate climate change, and provide farmers with an additional source of revenue.

    GLBRC is focused on enabling a new and different biorefinery, one that is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Realizing this goal will mean increasing the efficiency of biomass conversion and generating a mix of specialty biofuels and environmentally-friendly bioproducts, from as much of a plant's biomass as possible. One such discovery, breaks down lignin's six-carbon rings -- the "aromatics" -- into individual components. Traditionally sourced from petroleum, aromatics are used in a wide variety of products, including plastic soda bottles, Kevlar, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, and are essential components of jet fuel. (Source: University of Wisconsin Madison, GLBRC, PR, 18 Feb., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444, www.glbrc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center,  University of Wisconsin Madison,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Ethanol,  Bioplastics,  


    Woody Biomass Center Slated for Shuttered Old Town Maine Pulp & Paper Mill (Ind. Report)
    OTM Holdings LLC
    Date: 2018-02-05
    In the Pine Tree State, OTM Holdings LLC, a joint venture by a Maine-based group is reporting the purchase of the long troubled Old Town Pulp and Paper mill complex. Terms of the acquisition have not been released.

    OTM plans to redevelop the shuttered mill into a wood-fiber-based complex comprised of multiple tenants, including the University of Maine's Forest Bioproducts Research Institute Technology (FBRI), which presently occupies 40,000 square feet.

    Last May, FBRI conducted a 100-hour demonstration of its continuous processing of 1 tpd of woody biomass into bio chemicals that can be used for biofuels, biochemicals and other advanced materials.

    OTM's redevelopment foresees a fully integrated fiber-based campus capitalizing on the mill's energy platform and the region's plentiful woody biomass fiber supply. According to the OTM release, "This redevelopment is the beginning of what many see as the newest market for Maine's wood fiber, which transforms the cellulose-based, non-edible fiber and wood waste into clean and affordable high-value fuels, chemicals and milled and engineered wood products." (Source: FBRI, MaineBiz, Feb., 2018) Contact: University of Maine Forest Bioproducts Research Institute Technology, https://forestbioproducts.umaine.edu

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    UPM Biofuels, ZERO Collaboration Promoting Bio-economy (Int'l)
    UPM Biofuels,Zero Emission Resource Organisation
    Date: 2018-01-24
    In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels and the Oslo, Norway-based Zero Emission Resource Organization (ZER$O) report they are collaborating to promote green transportation, biochemicals, sustainable bioproducts and a predictable long term operating environment for sustainable, advanced biofuels to enable climate change mitigation in transport with renewable fuels.

    ZERO is a Norwegian environmental organization that focuses on greenhouse gas reduction through promotion of new technologies enabling emission-free energy solutions without harming the environment. ZERO is an independent, environmental foundation that believes that climate is the most important environmental issue, and is working to drive zero-emission solutions and investment in emissions-solving solutions. ZERO's mission is to ensure a practical and fastest possible transition from climate-detrimental activity to emission-free solutions, according to ZERO's website.

    UPM is committed to growing its sustainable product offering for various sectors and therefore engages with civil society to promote the change towards environmental friendly bioeconomy, according to the company website. (Source: UPM, Energy Efficiency, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com; ZERO, Maiju Helin, Head of Sustainability and Market Development, +47 92 29 62 00, zero@zero.no, www.zero.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels,  Zero Emission Resource Organisation ,  


    CIBC Atlantic Trust Invests in Aemetis Inc (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2018-01-17
    According to its SEC filing, Atlanta-based CIBC Atlantic Trust Group LLC has purchased 1,468,507 shares of Cupertino, California-based specialty chemicals producer Aemetis tock, Atlantic Trust Group LLC owned 7.41% of Aemetis at the end of the most recent reporting period.

    With the purchase, institutional investors now hold almost 18 pct of Aemetis' stock, according to Zacks.

    Aemetis, Inc is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the production of fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development and commercialization of technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by conversion of first-generation ethanol and biodiesel plants into biorefineries. (Source: Aemetis,Zacks, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; CIBC Atlantic Trust Inc., www.cibcatlantictrust.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  Biochemical,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


    NIFA Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (Ind. Report)
    USDA,NIFA,Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In the nation's Capital, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) reports it has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program which is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office. The funding comes from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) which addresses challenges in food and agricultural sciences through research, extension, and education.

    Through IBO, the grant will fund research totaling $2,994,429 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The project proposes to develop and commercialize solvent fractionated lignins to polymeric products for their potential market in building and construction sectors. The proposed research is intended to develop integrated pathways for the extraction of value-added polymeric products from lignin waste/under-valued stream from biorefinery.

    NIFA has invested in a range of projects to expand the regional biofuel and bioproduct industries and foster the scientific corps and workforce that support the bioeconomy. One recent example is a five-year investment to the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) which has advanced research into biofuels and biochemicals, fostered the Northwest regional biofuel industry and helped educate tomorrow’s workforce on renewable energy. (Source: USDA, NIFA, PR, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: USDA, NIFA, www.nifa.usda.gov/Impacts; NARA, Washington State University, (509) 335-5581, www.nararenewables.org, www.wsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance,  USDA,  NIFA,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  


    Iowa Bioscience Development Center Proposed (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Economic Development Authority
    Date: 2017-12-22
    In the Hawkeye State, the Iowa Economic Development Authority is proposing the state increase capital available for investment in bioscience companies and establish a public-private Iowa Bioscience Development Center to coordinate existing assets and strategy implementation while advancing specific business areas and overall sector growth.

    The study identified biofuels, biochemicals and other areas of focus and development, but made no recommendations on the location or funding of the proposed Bioscience Development Center.

    Down load the study HERE. (Source: Iowa Economic Development Authority, PR, Des Moines Register, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: Iowa Economic Development Authority, www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com


    Neste Selects Singapore for New Biofuel Plant (Int'l Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered Neste reports it has selected Singapore as the site for its planned new biofuel plant and will make a final investment decision by the end of 2018. Technical and design work is underway.

    If the project proceeds, production would begin by 2022 and would extend capacity in the Singapore refinery by 1 million tonnes, Neste says. The additional capacity would be used for production of diesel, aviation fuel and raw materials for biochemical uses, all of them biofuels which can be made from feedstocks such as waste and animal fats.

    Neste presently produces biofuels in Singapore and Rotterdam with a total production capacity of 2.6 million tonnes, and operates two conventional refineries in Finland. (Source: Neste, Jakarta Post, 13 Dec., 2017)Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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    Advanced Chemical Technologies Plans Sarnia Methanol Demo (Ind. Report)
    Advanced Chemical Technologies
    Date: 2017-11-13
    Advanced Chemical Technologies reports it plans to construct a $150 million commercial scale green methanol demonstration facility at Transalta's Bluewater Energy Park in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario by late 2020. To that end, the company has partnered with Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) to conduct a feasibility study and identify any commercial barriers to the project.

    ACT's proprietary process will use industrial CO2 emissions, natural gas, water, and electricity to produce methanol which can be used as a fuel and in products like plastics and adhesives. (Source: Advanced Chemicals Technologies, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Blackburn, Nov., 2017) Contact: Advanced Chemical Technologies Inc., Doug Beynon, Pres., (405) 843-2585, www.advchemtech.com; Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, (226) 778-0020, /www.bincanada.ca

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    VTT to Develop New Indian Enzymes for Biorefineries (Ind. Report)
    VTT
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone rainforests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire. The enzymes they produce are likely to also have a higher-than-normal resistance to the substances released from biomass in high-temperature industrial processes. An EU and nationally funded project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, called IndZyme, is looking to study whether they are capable of breaking down agricultural waste better than commercial enzymes.

    The Indian research partner in IndZyme, VINSTROM, has collected microbial cultures from wildfire-prone areas of Indian rainforests and proven that they have a higher-than-normal resistance to inhibitor chemicals. During the project, these microbial cultures will be screened for new, more inhibitor-resistant cellulase enzymes as well as LPMO enzymes, whose activity may even be boosted by inhibitor chemicals. The next step will be studying the efficiency of these new enzymes in breaking down agricultural waste, such as straw, into fermentable sugars. The project will involve developing new enzyme screening methods and producing new information about compounds that inhibit or promote enzyme activity.

    Lignocellulosic agricultural waste is among the most common renewable biomass resources. In Europe, wheat straw is one of the most abundant agricultural waste products. India has ample stocks of bagasse, the fibrous matter that remains after sugar cane stalks are crushed to produce sugar, but it is currently disposed of by incineration, causing considerable local emissions.

    The three-year IndZyme project consortium consists of VTT (Finland), VINSTROM (India), RWTH (Germany) and the University of Tartu (Estonia). VINSTROM will screen the microbial cultures, after which VTT will analyse them for the enzymes they produce. RWTH will fraction the inhibitor compounds generated by biomass processing, after which VTT and the University of Tartu will characterise the enzymes and study their interactions with inhibitors. The project The VTT coordinated project has a total budget of approximately €1 million. VTT and the Academy of Finland have together allocated €400,000 towards the project . (Source: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, PR, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Kristiina Kruus, Research Prof., +358-50-520-2471, kristiina.kruus@vtt.fi, www.vtt.fi

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    Center for Low-Cost Biofuels, Biochemicals Funded (R&D Funding)

    Date: 2017-10-23
    Northwestern-led center receives $12 million grant from US Department of Energy Northwestern Engineering will lead a new center dedicated to accelerating the production of sustainable, low-cost bio-fuels and chemicals. Called Northwestern University is reporting the multi-institutional Clostridia Foundry for Biosystems Design is being awarded a five-year, $12 million grant from the US Department of Energy. The center's researchers from Northwestern, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and waste-gas-to-fuel clean-energy specialist LanzaTech, will focus on clostridia, a bacterium that metabolizes carbon to produce fuel.

    The center's work will identify the enzymes and computationally predict biosynthetic pathways within clostridia that are necessary to produce biofuels, develop a technology platform for accelerating testing and pinpoint which iterations produce the highest yields, then demonstrate a Biosystems design approach to engineer clostridia for improved production of next-generation biofuels and bioproducts. (Source: Northwestern University Center for Synthetic Biology, Oct., 2017) Contact: Northwestern Center for Synthetic Biology, syntheticbiology.northwestern.edu; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; ORNL Center for Bioenergy Innovation, (865) 576-8141, www.ornl.gov

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    Aemetis Expanding Cellulosic Ethanol Capacity in Cal. (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2017-10-20
    Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports its subsidiary Aemetis Advanced Products in Keyes, California has inked a 55 year lease at a former US Army munitions facility located in Riverbank, California which is near the existing Aemetis biofuels plant in Keyes, California.

    The lease provides for the construction of a cellulosic ethanol biorefinery using patented and proprietary process technologies developed by Aemetis, Lanzatech, and InEnTec to convert waste orchard wood and nutshells which are presently burned,into low carbon cellulosic ethanol. Aemetis plans to produce more than 10 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol annually to help meet cellulosic ethanol production requirements under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and the increasing demand for low carbon biofuels under California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The current market price of cellulosic ethanol sold in California is estimated to be more than $4.50 per gallon, approximately $3.00 per gallon more than conventional ethanol.

    The existing Aemetis biorefinery in Keyes, California produces more than 60 million gpy of ethanol. The company plans to construct multiple phases of cellulosic ethanol production and add more than 40 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol capacity at its Riverbank, CA site. (Source: : Aemetis, Inc. , BayStreet.ca, Oct. 18, 2017) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    Novomer to Open New Innovation Center in Rochester (Ind. Report)
    Novomer
    Date: 2017-10-20
    Boston-headquartered sustainable chemicals specialist Novomer Inc. is reporting plans to open the Novomer Innovation Center in Rochester, N.Y. to meet the growing demands of the company's bio-based chemicals business. The new facility will house technology research, product development activities, and a COEth™ Process demonstration unit. All equipment, production assets, and employees will be transferred from the existing product development and pilot operations location to the new 26,000 sq ft facility.

    Novomer Inc. is commercializing a family of high-performance, cost-effective, environmentally responsible polymers and chemicals based on proprietary catalyst technology. Novomer's synthetic chemistry technology allows bio-based feedstocks such as ethanol to be combined with carbon monoxide to produce chemicals and performance materials for various industrial applications. (Source: Novomer, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Novomer, Jim Mahoney, CEO, (781) 419-9860, www.novomer.com

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    Arizon Univ Funded for Biofuels, Bioproducts R&D (Funding, R&D)
    University of Arizona, Institute for Energy Solutions
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In Tuscon, the University of Arizona Institute for Energy Solutions reports receipt of up to $15 million over 5 years in grant funding from the USADA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new center focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the U.S. Southwest.

    The center will research guayule and guar, perennial desert shrubs that produce natural rubber and organic resins, as potential feedstocks for developing biofuel and high-value bioproducts such as rubber, polysaccharide and resin. Bridgestone Americas, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, New Mexico State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Servic are partnering in the research project. (Source: University of Arizona Research, Discovery and Innovation, Oct. 16, 2017) Contact: University of Arizona, Institute for Energy Solutions, Kimberly Ogden, Dir., (520) 621-2211, https://energy.arizona.edu

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    Aemetis Risks Loosing NASDAQ Listing (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2017-10-11
    NASDAQ reports that on October 5, 2017, its Listing Qualifications Department advised Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. that based upon the closing bid price of the Company's common stock for the last 30 consecutive business days, the Company did not meet the minimum bid price of $1.00 per share required for continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Market. Aemetis will have 180 calendar days, or until April 3, 2018, in which to regain compliance to Nasdaq Listing Rules or risk being de-listed.

    Aemetis, Inc. is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the production of fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development and commercialization of technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by conversion of first-generation ethanol and biodiesel plants into biorefineries. The company produces approximately 60 million gpy of ethanol in Keyes, California and operates a technology lab in College Park, Maryland. (Source: NASDAQ, Aemetis Inc. 5 Oct., 2017)Contact: Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 390-3275, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    Spero Energy Scores Bio-Based Products R&D Grant (Funding)
    Spero Energy Inc.
    Date: 2017-10-09
    Purdue Research Park-based Spero Energy Inc. is reporting receipt of $100,000 in USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant funding for R&D to increase the availability and competitiveness of biobased products within the agricultural market.

    Spero Energy is a Purdue University spin-out pioneer technology provider for the manufacturer of high value renewable chemicals from biomass lignin. The company's patented renewable, biobased chelate molecules are used to bind essential micronutrients and deliver them efficiently to a variety of crops. Effective use of biobased chelates is shown to increase crop production and yields.(Source: Spero Energy, Hoosier Ag, Oct., 2017) Contact: Spero Energy, info@speroenergy.com, www.speroenergy.com

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    Ingevity Purchasing Georgia-Pacific's Pine Chemicals Business (M&A)
    Georgia-Pacific,Ingevity
    Date: 2017-08-25
    Georgia-Pacific LLC reports it has reached an agreement to sell its pine chemicals business to North Charleston, South Carolina-based specialty chemicals provider Ingevity for $315 million, including certain pine chemicals-related assets at the Crossett, Ark., plant. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals,is expected to close prior to the year end.

    Separately, Ingevity will enter into several contract manufacturing arrangements for oilfield and mining products currently produced at other Georgia-Pacific facilities. The parties will also separately enter into a 20-year, market-based crude tall oil (CTO) supply contract. (Source: Georgia-Pacific, Canadian Biomass, 23 Aug., 2017) Contact: Ingevity, (844) 644-3889, www.ingevity.com

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    DOE BETO Announces Fourth MEGA-BIO Award (Ind. Report)
    DOE BETO,Michigan State University
    Date: 2017-08-04
    The U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has announced it will award a fourth project -- up to $1.8 million -- under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. In August 2016, BETO selected three projects for an initial round of funding. The total funding for the four MEGA-BIO awards is $13.1 million.

    Michigan State University was selected to manage the fourth project, which will work in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MBI International to optimize a two-stage process for deconstruction of biomass into two clean intermediate streams: sugars for the production of hydrocarbon fuels and lignins for the production of multiple value-added chemicals and as a feedstock for renewable bichemicals.

    All four projects are supporting the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. Producing high-value bioproducts alongside cost-competitive biofuels has the potential to support a positive return on investment for a biorefinery through converting biomass to where it is most impactful. Producing value-added coproducts is an approach to achieving DOE's strategic goal of producing hydrocarbon fuels at $3 per gasoline gallon equivalent. (Source: US DOE, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere

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    AECI Invests $5Mn in California Bioplastics Startup (Ind. Report)
    Origin Materials,AECI
    Date: 2017-07-26
    South African specialty chemicals group AECI reports it has invested $5-million in West Sacramento, California-based startup Origin Materials to support the development of renewable technologies.

    Origin pioneered the development of bio-based chemicals, which can be processed into many products for application in global markets worth over $200-billion.

    AECI and its investment will assist Origin and its partners in developing and industrializing its process for producing at least 95 pct bio-based polyethylene terepthalate plastic bottles at commercial scale as early as 2020. (Source: AECI, Engineering News, 24 July, 2017) Contact: Origin Materials , John Bissell, CEO, hello@originmaterials.com, www.originmaterials.com; AECI, Mark Dytor, CEO, +27 (0) 11 806 8700, groupcommunications@aewci.co.za, www.aeci.co.za

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