Archive | August, 2010

Interview: Update on Verdezyne

Here’s my recent interview with Verdezyne’s vice president of business development Damien Perriman talking about the company’s update on their bio-adipic acid project.Verdezyne announced in February their milestone development in the production of adipic acid via fermentation process using either sugar, vegetable oils or alkanes feedstock. The company has been working with bio-adipic acid for […]

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P&G to use Braskem’s bioplastic

After Frito Lay’s and Coca-Cola’s move to use bioplastic, this news from Procter & Gamble (P&G) is another big boost to the bioplastic industry. P&G said today that it will use sugarcane-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic made by Braskem into some of its packaging on its Pantene Pro-V, Covergirl and Max Factor brands. Pilot products […]

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Linde starts CO2-from-ethanol plant

Gas company Linde announced today the start-up of its 600 ton/day carbon dioxide plant produced from Sunoco’s ethanol plant (housed in a former brewery) in Fulton, NY, 23 miles north of Syracuse. Linde says Sunoco’s 100m gal/year ethanol plant is the largest ethanol facility in the Northeast, which uses 41 million bushels of corn. The […]

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ADM offers bio-isosorbide as BPA alternative

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) announced today it has begun offering its corn-based isosorbide to the market as potential alternative to bisphenol-A (BPA) in plastics and other chemical applications. ADM said it is the first North American company to offer renewable isosorbide on a commercial scale. Isosorbides can be used in polyesters for inks, toners, powder […]

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PetroAlgae to file for IPO

Florida-based PetroAlgae is preparing for its initial public offering (IPO) as the company announced today its S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not been announced but according to the filing, PetroAlgae hopes to get a maximum of […]

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Upward Cleantech Investments

Just finished my weekly article on ICIS Chemical Business (this one about glycerine) so I have time to blog for the next 2 days. I am also hoping to post my last three BIO interviews (Verdezyne, DNP Green and Allylix) and one sustainability interview with Eastman. Before all that, here’s a recent report from Ernst […]

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Gevo buys ethanol asset for isobutanol

After its collaboration announcement with Lanxess on isobutene development and future production, Gevo said it is planning to acquire an ethanol production facility in Luverne, Minnesota, to begin its isobutanol commercialization efforts. According to experts, bio-butanol production can easily adapt to existing or new grain and sugarcane ethanol plants unlike other biofuel manufacture. In an […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I’m back from a week-long vacation and have to catch up with lots of emails and news. I’ll try to post another news roundup later this week as these (below) are kind of late.LS9 scientific breakthroughLS9 scientists announced the discovery of novel genes that, when expressed in E.coli, produce alkanes, the primary hydrocarbon components of […]

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On Vacation

Guess where I am this week?

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