Archive | November, 2009

(Belated) Happy Birthday Green Blog!

I guess with so many news and happenings this November, I forgot that this is the month (November 8 to be exact) that the Green Chemicals blog was born two years ago. As of the end of October, the blog’s unique readers more than tripled to 6,782 compared to 2,064 in Oct. 2008! The number […]

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Sugarcane ethanol may kill the gasoline star

BY JOSEPH CHANG FROM SAO PAOLO First time at the UNICA (Brazilian sugarcane association) press tour, and it’s a whirlwind I tell ya! In over 12 years of reporting, I’ve never had such a packed schedule. From the moment we landed, we went straight to a press conference. Check out some video clips from the […]

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Portable fuel cell for Christmas?

I am not sure if fuel cell generated electric bikes will be available in time for the holidays this year (although I want one in a folding bike – Dear Santa…), but SiGNa Chemistry said that it was able to successfully design, assemble, and initial test its H300 Hydrogen Generation System for portable fuel cells. […]

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Flight of the green jet fuel

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operated today its first ever passenger flight powered by sustainable biokerosene. According to the company, it has been involved in bio-kerosene research since 2007. Honeywell’s UOP, whose process technology was used to produced the green fuel, said that one engine of the Boeing 747 used by KLM was powered by a […]

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Interview: Rivertop Renewables

The Green blog’s interview with Rivertop Renewables founder Donald Kiely, and director of marketing Jason Kiely (also Don’s son) revealed the potential power of glucaric acid as a renewable-based alternative chemical. The company hopes to launch sample product applications of its low-cost glucaric acid next year, first as corrosion inhibitors as well as an alternative […]

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Weekly News Roundup

This week, the Green Blog will have guest blogger (and ICB global editor) Joseph Chang reporting from Sao Paulo, Brazil, about the country’s development of renewable chemicals and fuels based on sugarcane feedstock. He was invited by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) to learn more about sugarcane-based flex fuel ethanol facilities and hopefully sugarcane-based […]

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World largest cellulosic ethanol plant

I received an email from enzyme producer Danisco announcing the start-up of one of the world’s first and largest cellulosic ethanol demonstration biorefineries located in Kalundborg, Denmark. The facility is a joint venture of DONG Energy and Inbicon. Danisco’s enzyme business, Genencor, supplies the Accellerase© enzymes, which are used to convert the feedstock straw to […]

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US agencies dole out biomass grants

It’s always nice to hear our tax money going to something (hopefully) useful. This one is a $24m grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) being given to companies that are develop technologies to produce biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products using biomass as feedstock. The awardees must contribute […]

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Zeachem starts biorefinery construction

I guess this is the week of big green chemistry news. Love it! Aside from the Rivertop Renewables and Elevance news, here’s another one from Zeachem, who announced yesterday about their new semi works scale cellulosic biorefinery being constructed in Colorado. The facility will have capacity to produce 250,000 gallons of biofuel per year using […]

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Elevance mulls Iowa biorefinery

Thanks to the Green Underworld Reporter for sending this information about Elevance Renewable Sciences in a proposed joint venture with biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) to build a 2.6m gallon/year demo-scale integrated biorefinery in Newton, Iowa. In an application filed by Elevance late last month to the Iowa Dept. of Economic Development (IDED) for […]

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