Archive | July, 2010

Verenium sells cellulosic ethanol to BP

Another big news last week is the exit of Verenium from cellulosic ethanol as the company announced the sale of this business to BP. Verenium said it will focus on the enzymes market instead. According to the company, cellulosic ethanol is still a big potential market but it needs large organizations with resources and capabilities […]

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ExxonMobil advances in algae

I just wanted to assure those concerned that I am still working on several interviews (and post-interviews) from the BIO industrial biotechnology conference. Back to the biofuels news, ExxonMobil announced last week that they are entering the next phase of their algae program with Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) with the opening of a new greenhouse […]

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Lactic acid from waste paper

Before I venture into the big biofuel news from last week, here’s an interesting announcement from Dutch lactic acid producer Purac. The company said it is participating in a consortium that will develop a process to produce lactic acid feedstock from cellulosic waste derived from the pulp and paper industry. Other partners in the program […]

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Weekly News Roundup

There have been several big biofuel news last week (always happens when I’m out) coming from BP/Verenium, ExxonMobil/Synthetic Genomics, Novozymes, and from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I will try to post them as soon as possible but in the meantime, here are last week’s news roundup:CO2 from barley-to-ethanol Praxair signed a 15-year contract […]

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Introducing LanzaTech

The green blogger is out the rest of the week. For now, the blog will leave you a little information about this interesting new company based in New Zealand that came into my radar three weeks ago. The newly-hired CEO of LanzaTech, Jennifer Holmgren, wrote me an email regarding the company. If any of the […]

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Update on Rivertop Renewables

Last year in November, the blog interviewed Rivertop Renewables’ founder Donald Kiely and we got to know more about the company’s development of glucaric acid. Last month, the blog had the pleasure to talk to an old acquaintance, Jim Stoppert, who is now Rivertop’s new CEO. Recalling from a past post, Stoppert originally came from […]

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Interview: Glycos Biotechnologies

I have several interviews lined up for posting and most of them came from the recent BIO industrial biotechnology conference. While the blog has previously mentioned Glycos Biotechnologies‘ activities, this is the first time that the green blogger had the pleasure of talking with CEO Rich Cilento. GlycosBio also deals with biochemical production mostly focusing […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Have you heard the news about the relaunched of ICIS Chemical Business? (that’s the magazine I worked for). It will now have new weekly columns on Petrochemicals, Polymers, Intermediates and Inorganics/Oleochemicals/Biofuels. The green blogger will handle the last section (inorganics/oleo/biofuels) and that might take some time away from the blog — I hope not but […]

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DuPont in bio-succinic acid

I reported this news last week about DuPont and bio-succinic acid player DNP Green Technology having some sort of collaboration albeit without much information given by the companies. DNP Green Technology, the co-owner of France-based bio-succinic acid producer Bioamber, sent out their latest press release yesterday regarding their licensing deal with DuPont focusing on bio-succinic […]

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Plastics from biomethanol coming soon

The recent startup of a methanol-to-olefins (MTO) demonstration plant in Belgium by Total Petrochemicals proves that plastics can also be produced from biomass-based methane, according to UOP LLC (a Honeywell company), which developed the MTO technology. “This success demonstrates that the UOP/Hydro technology can produce high-quality propylene, one of the major building blocks for plastics […]

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