Biobased Industry Positioned to Explode

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According to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the biobased products industry contributed $393 billion and 4.2 million jobs in 2014, an increase of 220,000 jobs and $24 billion over 2013. “An Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry,” commissioned by USDA’s Biopreferred Program, is a follow-up to the 2015 report and sought to …

biochemicals, biomaterials, bioplastics, bioproducts, USDA

Chevron, ISU Partner on Advanced Biofuel Project

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Iowa State BioCentury Research Farm has entered into a joint project with Chervon, U.S.A. University engineers to develop a pilot plant to develop and demonstrate solvent liquefaction, an advanced biorenewables technology. The technology converts biomass into a bio-oil that can then be processed into biofuels or biochemicals and biochar, a fertilizer that has the ability to enrich soil. Iowa State …

advance biofuels, biochemicals, Research

Renmatix Secures $14M

Joanna Schroeder

Renmatix has announced a $14 million investment led by Bill Gates. The company has developed a process called Plantrose that produces cellulosic sugars that can be used to produce bioproducts such as biofuels and biochemcals. The monies raised will be used, in part, to commercialize Plantrose through license sales. “To effectively address climate change, we need to develop an energy …

biochemicals, biofuels, biomass, bioproducts

AST Awarded Biomass Extraction Patent

Joanna Schroeder

American Science and Technology (AST) has been awarded a patent for the system and method the company developed for the extraction of chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass. The company says their system reduces the costs of Organosolv processing and helps to make biochemicals from biomass more economically viable. Led by Dr. Ali Manesh and group of researchers and engineers at AST, …

advance biofuels, biochemicals, biomass, biomaterials

USDA Seeks Applications for Biobased Funds

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for funding to help support the development of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products. Funding is being provided through the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, formerly known as the Biorefinery Assistance Program. The program provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to develop, construct and …

advance biofuels, Agribusiness, biochemicals, biomaterials, bioproducts, USDA

DuPont Develops Momomers From Biorefining Process

Joanna Schroeder

DuPont is adding value yet again to the biorefining process. The company is working with ADM on a collaboration to convert fructose to momomers to polymers that can be used in consumer products. Last week attendees at the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC16) learned about this emerging technology from Michael Saltzberg who is the business director for DuPont Industrial …

Agribusiness, Audio, biochemicals, biomaterials, bioplastics, bioproducts, corn, CUTC

Biocognito Assists #Biobased Companies Enter Market

Joanna Schroeder

Biobased was a hot topic at this year’s Corn Utilization Technology Conference (#CUTC16) and one person on hand who knows a lot about the emerging technologies in this space is Nathan Danielson, who works for Biocognito. The company is a small consulting firm that counsels businesses working to bring new technologies to the biomaterials space. He said that many of …

Audio, biochemicals, biofuels, biomaterials, bioplastics, bioproducts, corn, CUTC

Corn Wet Milling Process Can Produce Bioproducts Galore

Joanna Schroeder

An interesting panel discussion took place this week at the 10th annual Corn Utilization Technology Conference (#CUTC16) about new and emerging technologies produced from the wet milling process of corn. For example, Kevin Coffman, part of the market development in ag environmental strategy group at Monsanto, discussed corn in the pipeline. The corn can be sold to an ethanol plant to …

advance biofuels, Audio, biochemicals, biomaterials, bioproducts, CUTC

Nebraska Ramps Up Bio-based Partnerships

Joanna Schroeder

Nebraska is ramping up its bio-based partnerships. According to a recent Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), bioscience companies employ more than 16,000 people in the state with the industry growing at a faster pace than the national average. For instance, several global and national companies are already located in Nebraska, including: NatureWorks (corn-based plastics), Novozymes (enzyme technology), Purac (lactic …

biochemicals, biofuels, biomaterials, bioproducts, Ethanol

Gevo and Clariant Ink ETO Tech Deal

Joanna Schroeder

Gevo will be developing catalysts for Clariant to enable its ETO technology, which uses ethanol as a feedstock to produce tailor mixes of propylene, isobutylene and hydrogen. These chemicals are valuable as stand-alone molecules and also as feedtstocks to produce other products such as diesel fuel and bioplastics that would replace their petroleum counterparts. Clariant will be scaling up the …

biochemicals, biomaterials, bioplastics, Ethanol