Archive | December, 2010

Dow profits from Clean Technologies

We published this week ICB’s annual Top 40 Power Players within the global chemical industry and Dow Chemical CEO and president Andrew Liveris was chosen as the top power player for 2010. This reminds me of my attendance at Dow’s annual investor day last month where a lot of the business presentations I saw targets […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Zeachem bags biorefinery funding ZeaChem completed two key financial milestones in the construction of its 250,000 gallon-per-year biorefinery in Boardman, Ore., that will start up in 2011. The company obtained a guaranteed maximum price with engineering firm Burns & McDonnell, for construction of the core facility, which will convert sugars into acetic acid and then […]

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Biofuel News Roundup

A lot of biofuel news last week so I have separated these from my weekly news roundup. Also. my article about new renewable diesel facilities from Neste Oil and Dynamic Fuels is out this week on ICIS Chemical Business so pls. check it out for those who are subscribers. I’ll post some information tidbits about […]

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European Bioplastic news

My ICIS colleague Franco Capaldo was able to attend the 5th European Bioplastics Conference held in Dusseldorf, Germany, last week. According to the European Bioplastic Association (EBA), more than 170 companies attended the event with 70% of the participants came from Europe, 20% from Asia, and most of the rest are from the Americas. Hasso […]

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Food companies strengthen biochems biz

The green blog has been noticing that major food manufacturers seem to be loudly proclaiming their comeback to their historical roots of producing biobased chemicals. Take for example Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), which announced yesterday the hiring of its former employee Paul Bloom as business director of the company’s Industrial Chemicals business. I remembered writing […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Sorry for another post delay. The past two weeks was a record in terms of doctor/medical appointments. Not to worry green blog fans, the physical body may be aging but the blogging spirit is still strong! Last week, I was also able to talk to Neste Oil and Dynamic Fuels about their new renewable diesel […]

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Biofuels on commercial flights in 2011

German airlines Lufthansa announced on Monday that it will start using bio-kerosene on April 2011 for commercial flights on Hamburg-Frankfurt route. The six-month trial with an Airbus A321 will use a 50-50 mix of traditional kerosene and Finland-based Neste Oil’s renewable diesel NExBTL made from hydrotreated vegetable oil (I’m assuming feedstock could be rapeseed oil […]

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Celanese’s new ethanol: Is it Green?

I’ve been thinking about this news on Celanese’s technology in producing industrial ethanol in China using coal and wondering if this really falls under anybody’s ‘green’ category as I saw several green-based websites announcing this plans (e.g. BiofuelDigest, Green Car Congress, GreenTechnolog, etc). Celanese announced early November that it is building as many as two […]

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Green products for your holiday list

This year, I am making sure my annual green gifts for the holidays will be a bit early (still in time for Hannukkah!) compared to last year. It seems there are more offerings as well this year so I hope this will be helpful in crossing out some from your holiday list. Enjoy and Happy […]

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December bioplastic updates

Here are some bioplastics news I received late last month while I’m struggling with my now 3-week old cold. But first, Purac announced today that it has developed a polylactic acid (PLA) compound comparable to the common thermoplastic acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in terms of heat stability and impact strength. Purac’s new bioplastic combines the […]

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