Goodbye to ICIS

Dear readers,It has been my pleasure giving you news and information about renewable chemicals, sustainability, clean technology and regulatory issues covering various chemical markets. I have authored this blog for almost five years but due to the restructuring of ICIS Chemical Business magazine, of which I work for, I will now be leaving ICIS for […]

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US bio-based chemicals at a tipping point

This is a contributed post from Stephen J. Gatto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Myriant Corporation. Commercially and technologically there can be little doubt the bio-based chemicals industry is at its tipping point. According to BIO, the world’s largest biotechnology trade association, there are approximately 2,000 companies today in the United States that either […]

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Invista, LanzaTech on bio-butadiene

Bio-based butadiene development is getting hotter as another announcement, this time from LanzaTech, came out right in the heel of Genomatica’s partnership announcement with Versalis. LanzaTech said it has partnered with global nylon producer INVISTA to produce bio-based 1,3 butadiene (BD), first by a two-step process using LanzaTech’s carbon monoxide-based 2,3 butanediol (BDO); and in […]

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Evonik, BioAmber in bio-BDO catalysts

The blog had an interesting conversation with LanzaTech this morning which will be posted next week Monday. In the meantime, my apologies to the readers for letting this news about BioAmber and Evonik slipped out. The two companies announced on July 24, about their long-term partnership in the development and manufacturing of catalysts for making […]

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Money, money, money

Even with the economic doldrums, there are still money floating around for green chems and biofuel. Here are some of the recent ones that came to the blog’s attention. The blog, of course, already posted about Genomatica getting its $41.5m financing from new investor and partner Versalis as well as existing investors Alloy Ventures, Draper […]

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Biofuel news roundup

Ok, so there have been more news on biofuel than I thought. I should have posted this last week. In the meantime, I am also looking at some of the recent earnings report that came out. As the blog posted before about rising ethanol prices because of drought, it looks like this is also affecting […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The blog’s favorite motto: Better late than never. Here is this week’s news roundup. I will post another one on biofuels. Gevo ships bio-isobutanol productsGevo has shipped initial volumes of bio-isobutanol from its 250,000 gal/year plant in Luverne, Minnesota. Gevo is sending isobutanol to both chemical and non-automobile jet fuel customers. The company expects to […]

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Waste-to-energy projects going strong

I am still working on the weekly news roundup but this news about waste-to-energy keep popping up on my email inbox so we might as well take a brief look and see what’s going on in this sector. I have written an article on ICIS Chemical Business about the waste plastic-to-energy market last year where […]

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Battle over RFS heats up

So many things going on in the US ethanol market especially current  drought conditions for corn crops (and even soybeans for biodiesel). Corn prices are going up and that means ethanol prices have been going up too especially when some ethanol plants have been idled because of the lack in demand, which could mean lower […]

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ICIS Green Chemical blog: what next?

As you have gathered Doris De Guzman is no longer with ICIS and we would like to take this opportunity to wish her all the best for the next step of her career. At ICIS, we are currently looking at the best way forward for the Green Chemical blog. In the meantime, feel free to […]

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