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E2Tech Expo November 16: Biobased Maine Special Offer!

E2Tech is offering Biobased Maine members a special offer on the Nov. 16 E2Tech Expo 2017 registration fee! The third annual E2Tech Expo will be the premier business event of the year, focusing on innovation and business development. Investors and funders, policymakers, energy and environmental companies, and other innovation “enablers” are on tap to advise attendees on strategies for…

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Biobased Maine Statement on the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017

Biobased Maine would like to thank Senator Susan Collins for her leadership in the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017 (S.1980), proposed legislation introduced Thursday that offers short-term tax credits for the production of biobased chemicals from biomass. Biobased Maine is actively pursuing new biobased manufacturing projects in Maine, such as the manufacture of high-value biobased…

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Photos from Plants to Products Forum

The 2016 Plants to Products Forum was a great success! Thanks to everyone who attended. We listened to speakers from national technology companies, networked, took tours of Maine Standard Biofuels innovative technology, and visited exhibits. Check out these photos from the event.

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Q-Team Tree Service Awarded MTI Tech Start Grant

Q-Team Tree Service’s Biomass Torrefaction Facility project was recently awarded a $5,000 Tech Start grant from the Maine Technology Institute. Q-Team Tree Service, a member of Biobased Maine, will convert wood waste from its tree service operations to higher-value biocarbon products through gasification and torrefaction. This process involves roasting biomass at a high temperature without…

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Iowa Biobased Chemical Road Map Useful for Maine

Iowa recently published a road map to biobased chemicals, which is a useful resource to inform Maine’s efforts to advance biobased manufacturing. The report, “Biobased Chemicals: The Iowa Opportunity” echoes a vision similar to our own, that “alternative value-added bioproducts are important for further growth of the biomanufacturing industry…” Conclusions reached by the Iowa report that are…

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RECENT PRESS: Bangor Daily News Op Ed by Biobased Maine Executive Director

Bangor Daily News recently published an Op Ed written by Biobased Maine’s Executive Director entitled “A new Maine manufacturing strategy could turn plants into products.” According to the article, “Maine is in an excellent position to grab market share, putting our people and natural resources to work.” Biobased manufacturing not only has promise as an economic development…

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France Strengthens Bioplastics Market

Recently the French parliament adopted a law that includes a requirement that lightweight bags for fruits and vegetables be biobased and compostable in home composting set-ups beginning in January 2017. Read more about this and related legislation at Bioplastics Magazine.

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LEGO to Invest in Sustainable Plastic

The LEGO Group is investing approximately $148 million for a new LEGO Sustainable Materials Center to be established between 2015 and 2016 with a goal of replacing current materials with sustainable alternatives by 2030. LEGO pieces (they’re called “elements”) are currently made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resin. LEGO makes 6,000 tons of ABS plastic each year for its…

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