Tag: biobased

Petroleum Today, Bio Tomorrow, BIOFOREVER 

Petroleum Today, Bio Tomorrow, BIOFOREVER 

September 1, 2016 |

In Belgium, the BIOFOREVER  consortium of 14 European companies emerged from stealth with the news that they have started their demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to value adding chemical building blocks. BIOFOREVER intends to demonstrate the feasibility of various new value chains from lignocellulosic feedstocks to chemical building blocks like butanol, ethanol, […]

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Biobased manufacturers to display at United Soybean Board’s Biobased Stakeholders’ Dialogue in DC

Biobased manufacturers to display at United Soybean Board’s Biobased Stakeholders’ Dialogue in DC

July 10, 2016 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and “an array of biobased stakeholders” will be on hand for display of biobased products at the United Soybean Board’s Biobased Stakeholder’s Dialogue, held at USDA headquarters. The Dialogue features speakers from across the federal government who are sharing their success stories using products from USDA’s BioPreferred Program. According […]

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USDA announces $21 million for bioenergy and biobased products

USDA announces $21 million for bioenergy and biobased products

May 18, 2016 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $21 million to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training for the next generation of scientists that will expand availability of renewable, sustainable goods and energy. This funding is available through the […]

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Are Biobased Products Clean and Safe?

Are Biobased Products Clean and Safe?

January 28, 2016 |

By Steve Hentges, special to The Digest In a recent column, GFBiochemicals Chief Commercial Officer Marcel van Berkel wrote about the potential of levulinic acid as a biobased platform chemical. As an example, he mentioned that health concerns have been raised about bisphenol A (BPA, a widely used synthetic chemical) and that diphenolic acid (DPA, derived […]

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Biobased Chemicals, the regional opportunity: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Iowa’s biobased prospects

Biobased Chemicals, the regional opportunity: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Iowa’s biobased prospects

January 17, 2016 |

What’s next in the biobased revolution? After fuels, chemicals, say many. What’s the role of incentives, the size of the opportunity and the potential rewards for a region? Two Iowa-based organizations, the Cultivation Corridor and Iowa Bio, recently took a look, and offered up some compelling visuals, which you can see here. And the complete white paper […]

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New Biobased Projects Around the World

New Biobased Projects Around the World

November 17, 2015 |

Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas  Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced biofuels continue to develop, and especially in the developing world.  In this report, we track 29 projects in construction or commissioning, or where firm […]

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LEGO commits $150M to search for sustainable alternative plastics

LEGO commits $150M to search for sustainable alternative plastics

June 23, 2015 |

$150 million, 100+ employees, a new sustainable materials center, and a commitment to move off fossil fuels dependency by 2030. From Denmark comes the news that LEGO will replace its fossil-based plastics by 2030 with sustainable alternatives. The company announced that it will invest $150 million in the effort to cover research, development and implementation […]

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Biobased jobs report shows major opportunities for further job creation

Biobased jobs report shows major opportunities for further job creation

June 18, 2015 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a new report that shows the U.S. biobased industry is generating substantial economic activity and American jobs. He also announced changes under the 2014 Farm Bill that will create additional opportunities for growth in renewable plant-based materials, supporting the Obama Administration’s efforts to develop a […]

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Bio-based materials and chemicals industry to attract $1b in 2014, says Lux Research

Bio-based materials and chemicals industry to attract $1b in 2014, says Lux Research

October 27, 2014 |

According to Lux Research, the bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract nearly $1 billion in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds.  The estimated $974 million investment represents a 28% increase from 2013, suggesting companies that endured the waves of economic disruption have gained maturity and regained investors’ confidence. Lux […]

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Robust Economic Opportunities in the U.S. Biobased Economy

Robust Economic Opportunities in the U.S. Biobased Economy

October 21, 2014 |

By Brent Erickson, EVP, The Biotechnology Industry Organization Head, Industrial & Environmental section A report released a couple of weeks ago by the USDA’s BioPreferred Program, “Why Biobased?,” provides a very positive overview of economic opportunities in the emerging biobased economy. Those opportunities include a revival of U.S. manufacturing and new job creation, economic growth […]

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