Weekly News Roundup

I just had my first major vacation in more than a year and what I found is that you can’t really mix work with pleasure. So here I am trying to catch up with the blog after finishing up my green investment article (watch out for that on ICIS Chemical Business‘ March 1 issue!).

Here are last week’s news roundup. There might be more for Tuesday as soon as I can surf the web for additional news.

Verenium and BP partnership

Verenium and BP are looking to extend their cellulosic ethanol development partnership with a multi-year collaboration program. Their joint development program established in August 2008 expired on February 1.

LS9 facility acquisition

LS9 bought an existing production facility in Okeechobee, Florida, to be retrofitted to accommodate LS9′s one-step fermentation process that converts renewable raw materials into low-cost, low carbon transportation fuels and chemicals. The facility will produce 50,000-100,000 gallons of UltraClean Diesel by late-2010.

…and production breakthrough

Researchers from LS9, the University of California at Berkeley, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have developed a microbe that can produce an advanced biofuel directly from cellulosic biomass in a one-step process. This enables the production of advanced hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals in a single fermentation process that does not require additional chemical transformations.

Cheaper bioacrylic from OPX Bio

OPX Biotechnologies was able to reduce their bioacrylic production cost by 85% toward their commercial target of 50 cents/pound using the company’s proprietary EDGE™ (Efficiency Directed Genome Engineering) technology. OPX BIO is planning a demonstration facility in 2011 and its first commercial plant in 2013.

Algae pilot system unveiled

OriginOil launched its comprehensive pilot system for algae growth and harvesting, which the company hopes will eventually be attached to wastewater plants, factories, breweries, and any other location that generates CO2. Once the algae reaches harvest concentration it is sent to the integrated extraction system after which a series of settling tanks separates the oils and biomass for eventual use as fuel and valuable by-products.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

The US Senate has stripped a tax credit extension that the biodiesel industry considers crucial from the jobs-stimulus bill introduced into Congress.

The Argentine government assigned Unitec Bio, Viluco, Explora, Diaser and Aripar 51.2% of the local biodiesel market.

GDF SUEZ has agreed with joint venture partners to build France’s largest photovoltaic solar facility, with start-up expected for August next year.

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