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DOE Biomass 2014 Conference Highlights Renewable Chemicals

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This week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its seventh annual conference—Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy, focusing on innovative technologies, financing strategies, and public policies needed to grow the bioeconomy. Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section, spoke at a Plenary Session titled Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Growing the Bioeconomy, at which the head’s of several Washington trade groups discussed meeting the challenges and leveraging opportunities that Read More >

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Biobased Companies Take A Closer Look At Sustainability

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BIO and its member companies are constantly working together to help shift the world’s reliance on petroleum-based products to a reliance on biobased and greener products. In a recent piece by Chemical & Engineering News, Melody Bomgardner highlights BIO’s work with it’s member companies to create a more sustainable supply chain in effort create environmentally friendlier products for consumers. Here are some notable points from her piece: “Thanks to the emerging bioeconomy, renewable substances made from plants Read More >

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Congressional Officials Support Speedier Pathway Approvals for Advanced Renewable Fuels

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its rule to identify additional cellulosic biofuel production pathways and pathway components that could be used in producing qualifying renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This final rule describes EPA’s evaluation of cellulosic biofuels derived from biogas. While a step in the right direction, this doesn’t address the current backlog of new renewable fuel applications currently in the pipeline. In the past four years, the Read More >

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Industrial and Environmental Highlights from BIO 2014

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The 2014 BIO International Convention drew 15,667 industry leaders, including nearly 2,500 CEO’s, from 50 states and 70 countries.  This year’s event was held June 23-26, in San Diego, CA. The BIO Business Forum hosted a record-breaking 29,000+ scheduled one-on-one partnering meetings between more than 3,100 companies, and featured 192 company presentations. View highlights here.  Furthermore, the BIO Exhibition featured more than 1,800 exhibitors and covered over 160,000 square feet with 55 State and International Pavilions. BIO welcomed Read More >

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Biodiesel Production from Sugarcane

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A multi-institutional team led by plant biology professor Stephen P. Long from the University of Illinois reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production. These are the first steps in a bigger initiative that will turn sugarcane and sorghum – two of the most productive crop plants known – into even more productive, oil-generating plants. The team presented Read More >

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