Weekly News Roundup

It’s a week of biofuel news and two of them focusing on Brazil. Speaking of Brazil, ICIS Chemical Business has its Latin America feature last week and my colleague William Lemos wrote about the sweet success happening in the sugarcane-based biofuel and chemical developments in the region.

Also this week, we’ll have our monthly new green chemicals roundup as well as little separate post about Amyris and Tate & Lyle’s farnesene production deal. Stay tune!

For now here are this week’s news round-up:

Biobutanol lab in Brazil

Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC opened a biobutanol technology laboratory in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new laboratory was built to accelerate the path to commercial market entry for cane-to-biobutanol production.

ADM’s biodiesel plant in Brazil

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is constructing its second Brazilian biodiesel facility in Joaçaba, Santa Catarina. Construction of the 164,000 tonne/year facility will begin in March 2011 and is expected to be completed during the first half of 2012.

Amyris diesel blend receives EPA ok

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially registered Amyris‘s renewable diesel fuel blend level with ultra low sulfur diesel from 20% to 35%. The blend level is the highest awarded to date by the EPA for commercial sale of a motor vehicle renewable gasoline or diesel fuel.

Biobutanol in Navy fuel

Cobalt Technologies signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Navy to develop technology for the conversion of biobutanol into full performance jet and diesel fuels. The team will optimize dehydration chemistry for the conversion of bio-n-butanol to 1-butene, followed by oligomerization of the biobutene into jet fuel.

Cellulosic ethanol in Danish cars

Inbicon has begun supplying Statoil with second-generation bioethanol made from wheat straw as Statoil rolls out a 5% ethanol blend at 100 selected petrol stations across Denmark. Inbicon’s Kalundborg refinery can produce 1.5 million gal/year of the cellulosic ethanol.

And on ICIS News (requires subscription): 

Dow Chemical is pushing forward with its sugarcane-based 350,000 tonnes/year polyethylene plans in Brazil.

The European Commission has proposed to ban the use of phosphates and to limit the content of other phosphorous containing compounds in laundry detergents from 2013.

New forms of energy supplies such as unconventional gas and nuclear power may help to meet the surge in global demand.

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