Weekly News Roundup

I’m officially stressed out from school and work, and thinking of a nice, sandy white beach to recuperate. My apologies if the blog suddenly blanks out…it’s the web virus’ fault. Don’t worry it’s not contagious!

But before all that will happen, here are this week’s news roundup:

Arkema’s bio-polyamides JV

Arkema and Toyobo have formed a partnership to develop high temperature polyamides made from renewable resources. The new products’ unique properties make them particularly suitable for highly technical metal replacement applications in consumer electronics and automotive applications.

Novozymes’ bioproducts in China

Novozymes and starch processing company Dacheng Group agree to develop technologies to produce household cleaning products and plastics from biomass-based glycols. Dacheng’s facility, located in northeastern China, is expected to produce the plant-based biochemicals within a few years.

OPX’ $6m DOE grant

OPX Biotechnologies bagged a $6 million grant for the development of advancement biofuels by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). OPX, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO and Johnson Matthey Catalysts are developing new, economical bioprocess to convert hydrogen and carbon dioxide into diesel and jet fuel products.

Solvay reduces GHG

Solvay says its new Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) cogeneration plant at its site in Bernburg, Germany, is now supplying both electricity and steam for the production of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide in a test run. The cogeneration plant reduces Bernburg site’s greenhouse gas emissions by 63% (350,000 tons/year).

Water sustainability center

ConocoPhillips and GE Power & Water, a unit of General Electric Company, opened the companies’ joint Global Water Sustainability Center (GWSC) in Doha, Qatar. The center will research and develop innovative water solutions primarily for the petroleum and petrochemical sectors, but also will focus on municipal and agricultural solutions.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

US prices for detergent fatty alcohols are facing pressure from supply concerns, buyers and sellers said.

Bunge Europe declared force majeure on biodiesel and rapeseed oil contracts after a fire at the firm’s rapeseed processing plant at Mannheim in Germany.

Indonesia’s Sinar Mas reiterated its commitment to following sustainable practices in producing palm oil, amid allegations that it continued to illegally clear rainforests to pave way for plantations.

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