Tag: lignin

ORNL researchers discover way to encourage certain kinds of lignin production

ORNL researchers discover way to encourage certain kinds of lignin production

March 28, 2022 |

In Tennessee, a team of researchers working within the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has discovered a pathway to encourage a type of lignin formation in plants that could make the processing of crops grown for products such as sustainable jet fuels easier and less costly. The researchers focused on […]

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Sweetwater receives final acceptance of commercial Sunburst unit at Sweetwoods Project in Estonia

Sweetwater receives final acceptance of commercial Sunburst unit at Sweetwoods Project in Estonia

February 27, 2022 |

While all eyes have been on Ukraine lately, there is some good news that came in from another former USSR republic and neighbor to Ukraine’s north above Belarus and Latvia – Estonia – a NATO country that borders Russia. U.S. based Sweetwater Energy received final acceptance of its first commercial Sunburst unit at the Sweetwoods […]

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University of Delaware lead research on adding value to lignin

University of Delaware lead research on adding value to lignin

February 21, 2022 |

In Delaware, a team of University of Delaware researchers and collaborators from CanmetENERGY are looking for economically viable ways to upcycle biomass into new products. Take lignin, for example. Lignin is a component of plants and trees that provides strength and stiffness to help the flora stand up to what Mother Nature throws its way. […]

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Louisiana State University researchers show how lignin form plant biomass

Louisiana State University researchers show how lignin form plant biomass

February 1, 2022 |

In Louisiana, a new study published in Nature Communications, Louisiana State University researchers reveal how carbohydrates interact with the aromatic polymer lignin to form plant biomass. This new information can help advance the development of better technology to use biomass for energy and materials.  The Wang research team examined the nanoscale assembly of lignocellulosic components […]

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Researchers at Stockholm University develop new method to produce lignin-based materials

Researchers at Stockholm University develop new method to produce lignin-based materials

December 6, 2021 |

In Sweden, researchers at Stockholm University have developed a resource-efficient method to produce new lignin-based materials that can be thermally reprocessed and used to substitute thermosetting resins and adhesives. Researchers at Stockholm University have developed a resource-efficient method to produce a material that behaves like thermosets but can be thermally reprocessed. The team used lignin […]

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Giving up on climate change?  EU says no way – invests $140M in decarbonizing projects

Giving up on climate change? EU says no way – invests $140M in decarbonizing projects

August 8, 2021 |

The Olympics in Tokyo just ended and it is slated to be one of the hottest on record with extreme heat and humidity forcing changes to track, tennis and women’s soccer schedules and World Athletics president Sebastien Coe saying “You don’t have to be a devotee of climate change or a denier to know the […]

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VIOBOND project to develop lignin-based products for commercialization

VIOBOND project to develop lignin-based products for commercialization

June 8, 2021 |

In Latvia, a project was selected in the frame of HORIZON Europe program for research and innovation that aims to take significant commercialization steps based on the natural wood component lignin, creating industrial technologies for a significant reduction of the share of fossil raw materials in phenol formaldehyde resin, which is currently widely used in […]

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Lignin leads the way – World’s first lignin bio-asphalt road, lignin’s array of applications and more

Lignin leads the way – World’s first lignin bio-asphalt road, lignin’s array of applications and more

June 6, 2021 |

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by.” Robert Frost Let’s say there are 2 roads – one a traditional fossil-fuel based asphalt road and the other a biobased lignin asphalt road. Which one would you take? We know you can make almost anything out of lignin, […]

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Stora Enso launches new fully bio-based binder, NeoLigno

Stora Enso launches new fully bio-based binder, NeoLigno

May 9, 2021 |

In Finland, Stora Enso launched its latest lignin-based innovation, NeoLigno, a fully bio-based binder system without formaldehyde and isocyanates, thus, providing healthier indoor and working environments. Initial target applications for NeoLigno are in particleboards and insulation materials used in the building and construction industry. Hazardous chemicals aren’t always visible to the naked eye, yet they […]

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NREL researchers find white-rot fungi use carbon captured from lignin as carbon source

NREL researchers find white-rot fungi use carbon captured from lignin as carbon source

May 3, 2021 |

In Colorado, a foundational study conducted by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows for the first time that white-rot fungi are able to use carbon captured from lignin as a carbon source.  The research confirms a hypothesis the senior author of a newly published paper. Until now, scientists were unsure whether white-rot […]

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