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.


I am working on a renewable-based surfactant article. Any companies, consultants, analyst, etc., that would like to participate, feel free to email me at doris.de.guzman@icis.com


On the interview post lineup are DNP Green, Eastman, Novozymes, Cereplast, Rennovia…I will get there soon, I promise…

Here are this week’s news roundup:

Bio-dispersants R&D grant

Modular Genetics and scientists at Columbia University, Iowa State University (ISU) and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center were awarded a one-year $200,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) RAPID Response grant, which will support work on production and testing of bio-dispersants that can replace the chemical dispersants currently used for oil spill management.

Bunge invests in Solazyme

Bunge Limited has joined Solazyme’s Series D round as a strategic investor. The investment represents a step for the two companies to collaborate at critical portions of a new value chain enabled by Solazyme’s sugar to oil technology platform.

Cereplast Italian deal

Cereplast has entered a multi-million dollar contract with RI.ME. Masterbatch S.r.l., based in Mozzate, Italy, to supply bioplastic resins for use in its masterbatch process for adding colorant to bulk, uncolored resins. Cereplast will supply its Compostable 3000 film grade for use in RI.ME.’s masterbatching processes for the production of items such as carry out bags and compostable trash bags.

Australian Algae MOUs

Algae.Tec Limited announced MOUs in China and Australia to deploy its McConchie-Stroud System that efficiently produces algal oil and biomass. The MOU with Hong Kong company Pacific Minerals Limited and Australian company RKD International Pty Ltd will establish a Chinese joint venture, while the deal with Australian ethanol producer Manildra Group will see several photo-bioreactors installed at its Nowra, NSW, facility.

Oil from recycled plastic for sale

Plastic recycler Green EnviroTech has contracted with Agilyx to resell oil produced from its plastic recycling process. Agilyx is an alternative energy company that converts recycle waste plastics into synthetic crude oil.The agreement allows any and all types of plastic, comingled, dirty and/or contaminated materials to be processed in the Agilyx recycling system.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

US petrochemical producers and refiners joined a broad coalition of manufacturers, food industries, motor makers and environmental groups in urging Congress to force further scientific analysis of mid-level ethanol fuel blends.

Air Products will pay nearly $1.5m in civil penalties to resolve hazardous waste mismanagement violations at its chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas.

Mexican plastics industry association, Industrialists of the Plastic Market (Inboplast) said their members will invest $125m in 24 recycling plants in the country.

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