Tag: lignin

NORDEN teams with tech spinoff on 3.5 year lignin-based marine fuel trial

NORDEN teams with tech spinoff on 3.5 year lignin-based marine fuel trial

December 5, 2019 |

In Denmark, Russia’s Port News reports that NORDEN is taking another step forward with its renewable shipping fuel plans by teaming with Technical University of Denmark spinoff Kvasir Technologies to use lignin-based liquid fuels using their gasification-related technology. The 3.5 year collaboration as part of Danish project ShippingLab will see NORDEN test the fuel at […]

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Novel biocatalytic system turns waste biomass into value-added chemicals

Novel biocatalytic system turns waste biomass into value-added chemicals

November 24, 2019 |

In South Korea, a research team from the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST unveiled a novel biomass conversion technology, a fusion catalytic system that can selectively convert lignin, that can turn forestry biomass residues (i.e., sawdust from timber logging) into higher value fuels and chemicals via solar energy. At present, the process […]

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Spero Renewables announces $2M cooperative agreement with DOE

Spero Renewables announces $2M cooperative agreement with DOE

November 10, 2019 |

In California, Spero Renewables LLC sealed a $2 million cooperative agreement with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the Department of Energy to advance its SperoSet technology towards commercialization. Spero’s proprietary technology produces lignin based thermoset polymers that are renewable and recyclable. Spero will first target its SperoSet technology for the manufacture […]

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Purdue University makes lignin breakthrough

Purdue University makes lignin breakthrough

October 24, 2019 |

In Indiana, a team led by Purdue University has built on success in removing the lignin barrier to solve other cellular obstacles. Their findings, reported in the journals Plant Biotechnology Journal and Biotechnology for Biofuels, offer opportunities to significantly increase renewable biofuel production from crop waste products and biofeedstocks that could be grown on marginal […]

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Supercomputing improves biomass fuel conversion

Supercomputing improves biomass fuel conversion

August 3, 2019 |

In California, researchers at University of California combine supercomputing with nano-imaging to reveal how to efficiently break down plant biomass and transform it into transportation fuels. In a leap forward that could be a game changer for understanding how plant biomass can be more efficiently broken down, the UC researchers joined forces with teams at […]

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What to do in an increasingly paperless society? Stora Enso adapts and innovates with 3 big announcements on being ‘fit for the future’

What to do in an increasingly paperless society? Stora Enso adapts and innovates with 3 big announcements on being ‘fit for the future’

July 20, 2019 |

Lots of announcements coming in over the last few days from Stora Enso, from their EUR 10 million (about $11.2 million) investment in a pilot facility for producing bio-based carbon materials based on lignin to their Q2 financial reporting. And it doesn’t end there! They initiated a feasibility study for a possible cross laminated timber […]

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Cricket bacteria breaks down lignin – Opens pathways for biofuels

Cricket bacteria breaks down lignin – Opens pathways for biofuels

March 24, 2019 |

In North Carolina, researchers at North Carolina State University discovered that a bacterium found in camel crickets is capable of breaking down lignin – the stuff that makes wood tough – opening new research pathways for the development of biofuels and chemical manufacturing. The study also highlights the potential inherent in using ecosystem analysis as […]

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Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

March 9, 2019 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Wisconsin Energy Institute have developed a strategy for employing the bacterium N. aromaticivorans to turn lignin into a more valuable commodity. This can help turn woody plants into a replacement for petroleum in the production of fuels, plastics and other chemicals. The bacterium, […]

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The Stora Enso Story – a magical tale of trees and forests

The Stora Enso Story – a magical tale of trees and forests

January 26, 2019 |

It is said that one tree can affect the entire forest. If one tree has a pest problem or catches fire or any other plethora of issues, it can spread to neighboring trees and before you know it, you have a total wipeout. But can it work in the reverse? Can one big, beautiful tree […]

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New composite advances lignin as a renewable 3D printing material

New composite advances lignin as a renewable 3D printing material

December 22, 2018 |

In Tennessee, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a recipe for a renewable 3D printing feedstock that could spur a profitable new use for an intractable biorefinery byproduct: lignin. The discovery expands ORNL’s achievements in lowering the cost of bioproducts by creating novel uses for lignin—the material left over […]

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