Biobased Industry Positioned to Explode

Joanna Schroeder

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

Sugarcane Producer ASSOBARI Earns RSB Cert

Joanna Schroeder

Sugarcane producer ASSOBARI (Associação dos Fornecedores de Cana da Região de Bariri) has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification – the first sugarcane producer in Brazil to do so. The certification is for the production of sugarcane specifically for 62 farmers and nearly 1,800 hectares of sugarcane plantations. “RSB certification is the recognition that farmers in the Bariri …

biofuels, biomaterials

Virent Spearheads Strategic Biobased Group

Joanna Schroeder

In an effort to complete the development and ultimately bring to commercial production its BioForming technology, Virent has spearheaded a strategic consortium. Members include: Tesoro, Toray, Johnson Matthey and The Coca-Cola Company- companies who would all benefit from biobased products. The group will work together to finalize technical developments and commercial arrangements, with the goal of getting a commercial scale …

advance biofuels, biomaterials, 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

AI Bio Funds $13M for #Biomass-Based Bioproducts

Joanna Schroeder

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has announced the funding for 61 projects to develop bioproducts from biomass resources. Totaling nearly $13 million, the monies will help support Alberta agriculture through the development of local feedstocks, such as forestry waste, to develop renewable products including replacements for fossil-fuel derived materials. The funds are also helping to diversify and strengthen the …

advance biofuels, Agribusiness, biomass, biomaterials, bioproducts, Biotech

CYCLALG to Develop Algal Biorefinery

Joanna Schroeder

A European research and development (R&D) consortium is seeking to develop an algal biorefinery. The three-year project, estimated to cost 1.4 million euros, of which 65 percent is being provided by ERDF funds, is a partnership of six organizations in the Basque Autonomous Community including Navarre and France -NEIKER-Tecnalia, National Centre of Renewable Energies (CENER), Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Association …

advance biofuels, algae, Biodiesel, biomaterials, biomethane, bioproducts, Research

Texas A&M AgriLife Receives $2.5M DOE Grant

Joanna Schroeder

Researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife Research have received a $2.5 million grant to conduct a three-year study to find ways to use a biorefinery waste to make new products. Dr. Joshua Yuan, a biotechnologist, is the lead scientist on the project that will primarily focus on ways to make plastic materials from the lignin waste. “In the biorefinery field, we …

advance biofuels, biomass, biomaterials, Research

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

#Biobased Petro Alternative from #Soybeans

Joanna Schroeder

As companies continue to focus on sustainability and the development of more “natural” products, they are looking to biobased chemicals and products as the platform for more Earth-friendly wares. One example is BioSynthetics Technologies who was featured during the 2016 Biobased Stakeholders Dialogue that recently took place at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The company is a USDA transfer partner …

Audio, automotive, biomaterials, bioplastics, bioproducts, Environment, Soybeans, USB

DOE Calls for Bioeconomy Vision Input

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is calling for input to achieve its Bioeconomy vision set forth in its “Growing the Billion-ton Bioeconomy” report. The DOE is seeking ideas from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies and other stakeholders that would enable the country to meet the goals of the report. In particular, they are looking for input about specific …

advance biofuels, bioenergy, biomass, biomaterials, bioproducts