Tag: biomass

New study uses waste biomass, biobased solvent to extract key nutrient to combat COVID-19

New study uses waste biomass, biobased solvent to extract key nutrient to combat COVID-19

December 20, 2020 |

In Australia, new research published in the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering journal used renewable solvent Cyrene – produced by biotechnology company Circa Group from waste biomass – to extract two key phytonutrients, hesperidin and rutin, natural flavonoids being looked at to help tackle COVID-19, as it binds to the virus’ key proteins and counteracts […]

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New large-scale renewable energy park to include aerobic digestion, biomass, biodiesel

New large-scale renewable energy park to include aerobic digestion, biomass, biodiesel

December 13, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, Scottish Construction Now reports that plans have been unveiled to construct a large-scale renewable energy park designed to deliver between 150 – 200 megawatts of green energy to supply to the Scottish grid, with the capacity to power tens of thousands of homes across the north-east of Scotland using biodiesel, aerobic […]

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U.S. Department of Energy releases SBIR and STTR funding opportunities

U.S. Department of Energy releases SBIR and STTR funding opportunities

November 17, 2020 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced a funding opportunity under its SBIR and STTR programs. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development with the potential for commercialization. BIOENERGY The […]

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VTT-based startup producing protein from biorefinery by-products receives $1.7M

VTT-based startup producing protein from biorefinery by-products receives $1.7M

November 1, 2020 |

In Finland, new VTT-based startup company eniferBio producing protein from biorefinery by-products received more than one million euros in funding. eniferBio developed a method for producing Pekilo mycoprotein – a form of single cell protein derived from fungi. Pekilo mycoprotein is nutritious and protein rich cell biomass and can be used as raw material for […]

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New flagship EU project focused on replacing toxic solvents with renewable alternatives

New flagship EU project focused on replacing toxic solvents with renewable alternatives

October 18, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, ReSolute, the Flagship EU project focused on creating sustainably-sourced alternatives to fossil-based solvents, just launched, is led by Circa Group, and will build a flagship plant to create levoglucosenone, a chemical building block that can be used to produce bio-based solvent Cyrene in one step, using feedstock from non-food renewable biomass. […]

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Understanding variability is key to understanding how biomass behaves

Understanding variability is key to understanding how biomass behaves

October 4, 2020 |

In Idaho, new research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office from the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium suggests that understanding the true complexity of biomass variability involves factors that impact biomass quality from harvest through conversion. They looked at corn stover, ash content, storage, and […]

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Multifunctional microbe simplifies processing of plant-derived fuels, chemicals

Multifunctional microbe simplifies processing of plant-derived fuels, chemicals

September 20, 2020 |

In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have modified a single microbe to simultaneously digest five of the most abundant components of lignocellulosic biomass. This is a big step forward in the development of a cost-effective biochemical conversion process to turn plants into renewable fuels and chemicals. With support from the U.S. Department of Energy […]

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Electrochemical reduction produces cleaner products from bio-crude

Electrochemical reduction produces cleaner products from bio-crude

September 20, 2020 |

In Washington, a new review by researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory offer a solution to capture unused materials like sewage, food waste and wood chips: mini-refineries located near waste sources that process biomass using electrochemical reduction reactions powered by renewable energy and found that electrochemical reduction produces cleaner products from bio-crude. Well-known electrochemical reduction […]

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BETO Request for Information on residential wood heater and bioprocessing separations tech

BETO Request for Information on residential wood heater and bioprocessing separations tech

August 23, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is requesting stakeholder feedback on research opportunities related to residential wood heater technology advancement and bioprocessing separations development to help inform its research priorities and funding strategies. Topic 1. Residential Wood Heater Technology Advancement EERE […]

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Moldova to run 19 district heating systems with miscanthus-based biofuel

Moldova to run 19 district heating systems with miscanthus-based biofuel

July 26, 2020 |

In Moldova, the country will increase its energy security, employing British green technology with plans to upgrade 19 heat only boiler plants, which will run on home-grown Miscanthus biomass renewable fuel. The plants will generate 55000 MWh/year, providing thermal heat energy to 5500 flats, 110 houses, 40 businesses, 12 public kindergartens, 25 education facilities and […]

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