Archive | July, 2010

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Interview: Update on Elevance

I have already written several articles for ICIS News* and ICIS Chemical Business noting Elevance’s joint venture announcement in June with Indonesian oleochemical producer Wilmar. Talking to president and CEO K’Lynne Johnson as well as vice president of sales, Andy Shafer, at the BIO industrial biotech conference revealed more information about this announcement. To start, […]

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Interview: Update on Genomatica

Four more BIO interviews remaining in the pipeline (woohooo!). This one is my interview with Dennis McGrew, Genomatica’s new executive vice president of business development and chief business officer. Genomatica announced at the BIO industrial biotech conference that it was able to achieved pilot-scale validation of its bio-based 1,4 butanediol (BDO) at 3,000 liter-batches, a […]

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GM uses green refrigerant

General Motors said it was the first auto manufacturer to use a new greenhouse gas-friendly air-conditioning refrigerant, which will be incorporated in 2013 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models in the U.S The new refrigerant, (HFO-1234yf) supplied by Honeywell, breaks down faster in the atmosphere than the refrigerant currently used (R-134a). R-134a refrigerant has an […]

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Algae development going strong

This is going to be one very busy week so I’ll posts as much as I can. This one is an update on algae-based biofuels. The blog posted last week about ExxonMobil’s milestone on their algae research with Synthetic Genomics. While some doubts continue on the economics of algae as biofuel feedstock (Vinod Khosla for […]

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New TSCA bill introduced

As I’ve mentioned in the previous post, the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce introduced a bill last week which could overhaul the 1976 Toxic Chemicals Safety Act (TSCA). U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Record-breaking news (for me anyway) came out last week and a lot from biofuels and solar. Also, last week’s chemical regulatory talks are centered mostly on the overhauling of TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act), with the introduction of Bill 5820 by Representatives Bobby L. Rush and Henry A. Waxman. One of the goals under this […]

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Ethanol debate heats up

So many things going on in the US ethanol market day after day, it’s driving me nuts! (I’m writing an ethanol article this week…) First of all, the ethanol industry is in a tizzy over the ticking 45c./gal subsidy which is set to expire at the end of the year. Second, the Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Update: OPX Biotechnologies

I apologize for the late posts coming from my BIO interviews. The blog still has 6 more to go… This one is an update from Colorado-based OPX Biotechnologies concerning their bio-acrylic acid project as well as their recent $6m grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) in converting carbon dioxide and hydrogen to biodiesel […]

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Ethanol tv ads

I am working on my article about cellulosic ethanol right now and thanks to Novozymes’ tweets, I came across these video campaign ads from various ethanol groups, companies and associations who are hard at work trying to convince government officials to do the right thing when it comes to legislating renewable fuels in the US…

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Biofuel deals from Novozymes

My last biofuel news of the day are from enzymes producer Novozymes. The company announced last week a new pilot plant in North Carolina that will demonstrate improved technological process for the production of high quality biodiesel from low quality waste grease. The technology was developed by Piedmont Biofuels and Novozymes. The pilot plant is […]

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