Weekly News Roundup

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Commercial bio-ethyl acetate

Zeachem has produced commercial grade ethyl acetate from bio-based glacial acetic acid through an esterification reaction process. Ethyl acetate is primarily used as a solvent in paints, printing inks, pharmaceuticals and packaging and, through hydrogenation, can be refined into ethanol.

Green process for paper mills

Cerealus Holdings, in collaboration with the University of Maine, launched their bio-based technology Ceregel, a smart process proven technology that will provide paper mills with various optimization solutions enabling mills to save up to $14 per ton. The process was originally patented by DuPont and later developed by the UMaine Process Development Center.

Ethanol startup in California

Lurgi has started-up an ethanol facility for Calgren Renewable Fuels in Pixley, California, the only ethanol plant currently operating in the state. The plant, which is said to have one of the lowest carbon footprints of any ethanol plant in the US, will have annual production of 55m gal/year of fuel alcohol and 400,000 tons of animal feed.

More DOE grant

Verenium has been awarded an additional $4.9m from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to fund ongoing cellulosic technology and process optimization for its demonstration-scale facility in Jennings, Louisiana.

Lilly’s green goals

Pharma company Eli Lilly says it has seen a 5% improvement in energy efficiency with a corresponding reduction in greenhouse gases, reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills by 56%, and achieved a 30% reduction in water intake compared to its 2007 baseline. The company’s 5-year goal is to reduce GHG emissions by 15%, reduce amount of waste sent to landfills by 40%, and reduce water intake by 25%.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

Increased environmental awareness has boosted the US chemical industry to a leadership position in improving energy efficiency while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said.

Germany is planning special aid worth some €600m ($810m) to help its solar and photovoltaic industry against foreign competition – a move that could partially reverse earlier plans to cut subsidies to that industry.

The petroleum industry will face an uphill battle with the lawsuits it filed against the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) renewable fuel mandate.


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