July 14, 2013 – Research and development project number 100 has started in the Swedish Processum cluster within the biorefinery sector. The aim of the project is to thermo chemically change lignin from the sulphate process black liquor to bio oil.
June 20, 2013 - Taking inspiration from trees, scientists have developed a battery made from a sliver of wood coated with tin that shows promise for becoming an efficient and environmentally friendly energy source.
June 12, 2013 - BioAmber Inc. and IMCD Group announced that IMCD is now a distributor of BioAmber's biobased succinic acid (Bio-SATM) in several countries worldwide, targeting customers in the resins and coatings market.
June 11, 2013, Helsinki, Finland – UPM and Renmatix have entered into a non-exclusive joint development agreement (JDA) in biochemicals to further develop Renmatix's water-based Plantrose process that converts woody biomass into low-cost sugar intermediates.
May 12, 2013, Sarnia, ON - BioAmber, which converts renewable feedstocks into bio-succinic acid and other chemicals, raised $80 million in an IPO, allowing it to build its biorefinery in Sarnia.
April 17, 2013, Washington, DC - A new map of the algae industry published online by the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) shows algae production facilities and research projects stretching from coast to coast.
April 8, 2013, Berkeley, CA – Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found a way to catalyze more sugars from cellulosic biomass for the production of advanced biofuels.
April 1, 2013, Rouyn-Noranda, QC - FPInnovations and the Centre technologique des résidus industriels (CTRI) have announced a joint research project relating to the production of biocoal from forest harvesting residues.
The Government of Alberta continues to invest in the future of the province’s bioeconomy thanks to the ongoing success of the Biorefining Conversions Network.
March 14, 2013, Rotterdam, NE – Davy Process Technology Limited and SEKAB announced at World Biofuels Markets that they are embarking on a collaboration to develop and market CelluTech, SEKAB’s lignocellulosic based biorefinery technology.
March 12, 2013, Montreal, QC – Domtar Corporation announced that it has successfully installed a commercial-scale lignin separation plant at its Plymouth, North Carolina mill, the first U.S. facility of its type in over 25 years.
February 14, 2013, Lethbridge, AB – The federal government announced today an investment that will help demonstrate the viability of using beets in the production of sustainable alternatives to petrochemicals.
February 12, 2013, Sarnia, ON - Forest and agricultural resources have traditionally been viewed as the source for only timber/pulp/paper, low grade fuels and food, whereas the emerging “green” bio-economy of Canada targets new processes to convert them into not only traditional products, but also renewable advanced fuels, chemicals, and other value-added products, such as advanced materials, pharmaceuticals and flavours.
February 4, 2013, Aurora, ON - Strains of algae – the slimy, often-deemed problematic substance found in pools, ponds, and your own backyard – are being recognized for their potential as advanced biofuel, and a solution to climate change troubles. But where do the real opportunities lie?
January 31, 2013, Vancouver, BC – Lignol Energy Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Lignol Innovations Ltd. (LIL) has secured a commercial supply agreement with a European company in the sustainable thermoplastics industry.
January 9, 2013, Davis, CA – Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics — the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry.
December 18, 2012, Carlsbad, CA – DuPont Co. bought from Verdezyne Inc. the rights for an enzyme technology that helps produce biofuels and chemicals from biomass.
December 14, 2012, Ames, IA – The microorganism that colors ponds and lakes green could become an important partner in the future of poultry operations as well as provide a source of biomass for biofuel production through a project conducted by ISU researchers.
November 19, 2012, Guelph, ON – The University of Guelph’s Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC) received $2-million today from the federal government.
October 29, 2012, Westerville, OH – The International Biochar Initiative has released selected responses to a broad-based sustainability survey conducted in September of this year that asked for greatest potential benefit of using biochar, and to point out the most pressing needs for rapid commercialization and market penetration.

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