A chockful of news last week mostly in the biofuels arena. Good thing the blog is not constrained with spaces! (unlike the magazine). Watch out next week for news from South America as my colleague Anna Jagger and other ICIS news editors cover the ongoing Latin American Petrochemical Annual Meeting (APLA). It will be interesting to hear updates about the region’s renewable chemicals and biofuels initiatives.
For now here are this week’s news roundup:
Myriant’s Biosuccinic alliance
Biosuccinic developer Myriant Technologies has joined forces with Uhde for engineering, procurement and construction of Myriant’s planned global scale biosuccinic acid plants. The company expects to begin commercialization of biobased succinic acid by second half of 2010.
Honeywell’s bio-pyrolysis oil alliance
Italian power company Industria e Innovazione selected Honeywell’s Envergent Technologies business for the development of a facility to convert biomass into pyrolysis oil for renewable power generation using Envergent’s RTP® rapid thermal processing technology. The facility will convert a mix of pine forest residues and clean demolition wood into pyrolysis oil, a liquid biofuel.
… and China biofuel projects
Honeywell signed a memorandum of understanding with China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) where the two companies will collaborate on a range of biofuels technologies and projects in China.
Verenium ends collaboration
Verenium closes its joint research collaboration with Syngenta Participations AG of Switzerland. The company obtained microbial and non-plant rights to several late-stage enzyme development candidates including alpha amylases and glucoamylases for starch processing in biofuels production.
Ineos mulls waste-to-ethanol plant
INEOS Bio started a feasibility studyfor a plant to convert locally generated biodegradable household andcommercial wastes into carbon neutral road transport fuel and cleanelectricity, using the INEOS Bio technology process. Investmentdecision will be made in 2010.
Linde in landfill-based gas
The Linde Group has joinedWaste Management Inc. to produce clean, renewable vehicle fuel fromlandfill gas at Linde’s facility near Livermore, California. Thefacility is said to be the world’s largest landfill gas to liquefiednatural gas (LNG) plant. The plant will produce up to 13,000 gallons ofLNG a day.
Battelle wins EPA contract
Battelle has been awardeda five-year, $13 million contract with the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA) to evaluate the performance of homelandsecurity technologies related to water protection and wide-areadecontamination.
GE in Indonesian geothermal project
GE has loaned $50 millionto Indonesia’s biggest geothermal power producer, a 220-megawatt plantset in a volcanic region of tea and quinine plantations. The loan forthe Wayang Windu plant near Jakarta represents the first geothermalpower investment by GE outside the US.
Algae in Indian biofuels
PetroAlgae will licenseits proprietary micro-crop technology to Indian Oil Corporation Limited(IOCL) for its future large-scale production of renewable fuels. IOCLplans to build a pilot facility to demonstrate the commercial viabilityof producing renewable fuels from micro-crops.
And in ICIS news (requires subscription):
The US is unlikely to make a decision on allowing ethanol blends ingasoline higher than 10% until next year due to the need to researchthe issue further, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
BPplans to launch commercial-scale biobutanol production in the UK in2012 or 2013 with capacity initially estimated at 111m gal/year.
The Córdoba province in Argentina has approved a law mandating the gradual substitution in business and industry of conventional plastic bags with biodegradable ones.