Archive | August, 2010

Bio-butanol from whisky

I received this news from my colleague a couple of weeks ago regarding the development of whisky as another bio-butanol feedstock source. I thought that will be such a waste of a good drink. Fortunately, researchers from the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland are instead using two main by-products of the whisky production process – […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I have not forgotten to post this but unfortunately my day job is taking my blog time away. By the way, I just confirmed my registration at the Biobased Chemicals East conference in Boston so I hope to share a lot of breaking renewable chemical news from there. PS1 I am working on a renewable-based […]

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Biobased chemicals conference in Boston

The green blogger is excited to attend (although I’m still waiting for my official media registration) this incoming Biobased Chemicals East conference, which will be held in Boston on September 13-15. The 3-day event is packed with juicy presentations, not just development updates from renewable chemical and biofuel companies, but end market consumers such as […]

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Shell and Cosan plans $12bn sugar JV

Codexis sent this news today about Shell and biofuel producer Cosan announcing their planned $12bn joint venture to produce and market sugarcane-based ethanol and electricity in Brazil as well as explore business opportunities to produce and sell ethanol and sugar worldwide. The resulting joint venture will form a 3rd largest ethanol producer in the world […]

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VC investments are up in renewable chems

 Cleantech Group sent this report about venture capital investments in renewable chemicals sector reaching $361m in the first half of 2010, which could drive 2010 to a record-year if the second half will see the same pace. VC deals in renewable chemicals for 2008 reached a total of $425m. The study’s principal author Andrew Thomson […]

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Interview: Allylix

Allylix, which was briefly mentioned by the blog in the past, is a little bit different compared to other renewable chemical companies I’ve spoken to. For one thing, they are not focusing on commodity chemicals but in specialty chemicals particularly bio-engineered sesquiterpenes, which are chemical compounds used as flavors and fragrances, in insect repellants, anti-fungal […]

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LanzaTech produces bio-butanediol

The blog first mentioned about LanzaTech last July and last night, I just received an email from the company announcing their successful production of 2,3-butanediol (2,3-BD) from waste flue gas using the company’s gas fermentation technology. 2,3-BD is said to be a building block in the production of polymers, plastics and hydrocarbon fuels. It can […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is apologizing (again!) for the lack of posts the past week. I’ve been immersed in the world of chlor-alkali and soda ash, which are very new to me, and I need all my focus on these so as not to screw up. In my interview posts line-up are Allylix, DNP Green, Eastman, […]

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Weekly News Roundup

For those who are subscribers of ICIS Chemical Business (ICB), I hope you’ll read my latest article about new glycerin applications, which was just published yesterday. As any oleochemical insider knows, glycerine is a big potential feedstock for the production of epichlorohydrin (an intermediate in the production of epoxy resins). My colleague Serena Seng noted […]

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Gevo files for $150m IPO

After the buzz on PetroAlgae’s IPO filing plans last week Wednesday, biobutanol producer Gevo announced on Thursday its own IPO filing. Renewable companies are probably holding their breath and praying for their success so more can follow through… Gevo has been in the news lately regarding the near commercialization of their bio-butanol product with the […]

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