Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve biofuel production by determining how certain enzymes break down cellulose (plant cell walls). In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in January 2014, they describe a newly-discovered, naturally-occurring enzyme modeled with […]
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In Canada, Resolute and Mercer are collaborating on developing commercial applications for cellulose filaments. The two members of the Forest Products Association of Canada will be using the filaments to enhance the performance characteristics of a wide variety of products. Cellulose filaments optimize the strength, stability, flexibility and longevity of a variety of materials including […]
In Switzerland, researchers at the Transport Processes and Reactions Laboratory, ETH Zurich, have found and patented a method to pretreat the plant parts in order to break up wood structures. Pretreatment increased the efficacy of the enzymes and the sugar yield increased twofold compared to steam pretreatment with no naphthol admixture.
Now that Borregaard demonstration plant is operational — when will Norway’s biobased leader reach for scale? In Norway, Borregaard has received a commitment for US 3.01 million in support from the Research Council of Norway (NFR). The funds will be used for two different innovation projects based on biomass as a raw material. “This is […]
In Tennessee, researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that an enzyme from a microorganism first found in the Valley of Geysers on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia in 1990 can digest cellulose almost twice as fast as the current leading component cellulase enzyme on the market. If the enzyme […]
In Germany, researchers with the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, opened a pilot plant on October 2 to divide waste wood into lignin and cellulose to serve as raw materials for products such as plastic. Working jointly with 12 partners from industry and research institutions, recently developed a process that enables them […]
In Canada, GS Consulting reports that in the 10 months or so since it starting selling BioMid cellulose fiber, its sales have reached over 1 million pounds. An article in REINFORCED plastics.com The article describes BioMid cellulose fibers as being comprised of 900 filament, continuous, non-twisted yarns at 11 μm each. The article describes the […]
In Minnesota, RTP has unveiled its latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fiber reinforced polypropylene compounds. These compounds, utilize Weyerhaeuser’s Thrive renewable cellulose fiber extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests. Cellulose fiber have several advantages over glass fiber reinforcement of PP include: renewable content […]
In New Mexico, researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have determined that cellulose III has a less sticky surface, which means that a smaller quantity of enzymes get stuck to it non-productively. The GLBRC team had found that using one method of pretreatment to convert cellulose […]
Los Alamos National Laboratory project says enzyme binding to cellulose polymers could slow conversion process
In New Mexico, the Los Alamos National Laboratory has published a paper on the binding of enzymes to cellulose polymers, and how oftentimes, increased binding does not lead to faster breakdown into simple sugars. The team, led by Shishir Chundawat of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, has been using biomass pretreatments to convert cellulose […]