Weekly News Roundup

A lot of activities last week which I was unable to post as I was out playing NYC tour guide for 4 days. Amyris and Cosan announced their green base oil JV; Solvay announced plans to build a glycerin-to-ECH plant in China; Dow plans to build a HPPO-based propylene glycol plant in Thailand; and Olin is exiting the mercury-based chlor-alkali production in the US. All of these news will be in separate posts.

Hopefully, this short week will be a quiet one. The green blog wishes everybody a very Merry Christmas!!

TetraVitae’s butanol from corn dry mill

TetraVitae Bioscience successfully produced n-butanol in a corn dry-mill pilot plant which demonstrates potential economic production of the chemical from renewable-based source in North America, according to the company. The process also produces acetone and distiller’s grains.

Chemicals from wild algae

New Zealand-based Aquaflow Bionomic reported over 100 chemical compounds that the company has isolated from wild algae. The company is targeting development of 20 chemicals that include toluene, ethyl benzene, styrene, xylene, C10-C17 paraffins and olefins, pyrimidine, alkyl pyrazines, NMP, NEP, 2-pyrrolidinone, N-methyl piperidinone, 2-piperidinone, dimethyl-cylopentanone, propanoic acids, palmitic nitrile, butanoic acid, di-anhydro mannitol, di-anhydro sorbitol and alkylphenols.

Darling International builds biodiesel plant

Animal fats producer Darling International receives approval from the Port Commission of San Francisco to convert a part of its tallow delivering plant into a biodiesel production facility. The company first applied for building the facility in 2006.

Logos’ Phase 2 BioJET project approved

Logos Technologies has been awarded the second phase of its BioJET project from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to produce fully compatible jet fuel from cellulose. The program requires delivery of the bio-jet fuel with a projected cost of less than $3/gal at commercial scale implementation of at least 50m gal/year.

Betaine from sugar beet ethanol

Novasep and Danisco scaled up their process for the production of natural betaine extracted from vinasse, a byproduct of sugar beet-derived bioethanol. Danisco said it will be able to substantially increase the availability of natural betaine, which is globally used as a technical animal feed ingredient and currently in short supply. The betaine will be sold by Danisco as Betafin.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

Solvay will resume plans to build a plant in Brazil that will rely on sugarcane-based ethanol to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the company said.

US refining, chemical and broader manufacturing and business leaders expressed disappointment over a court’s decision to not halt federal enforcement of a new greenhouse gases rule, instead putting their hopes on blocking action by Congress.

US chemical company Celanese plans to enter China’s fuel ethanol market to capitalise on the country’s goals in renewable fuels consumption, chief financial officer Steven Sterin said.

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