Archive | January, 2011

Myriant and PTT Chem in bio-succinic JV

Southeast Asian chemical companies seem to be ahead of the game when it comes to partnering with renewable chemical companies (mostly US-based). First we had Elevance Renewable Science partnering with Wilmar for specialty chemical production in Indonesia. Then BioAmber (formerly DNP Green Technology) partnering with Mitsui Chemicals for exclusive bio-succinic acid distribution in Asia, and […]

Continue Reading

Weekly News Roundup

Posts will be sparse this week as the green blogger travels to Orlando (No snow! woohoo!) to attend the annual American Cleaning Institute meeting. Here are this week’s news roundup: Novamont forms North American company Italy-based bioplastic producer Novamont forms a new company Novamont North America, Inc. headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut. The company’s goal includes […]

Continue Reading

New label to boost biobased chems demand

It’s a happy week this week for all biobased chems and products manufacturers as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launched of a new voluntary product certification and labeling program for qualifying biobased products (and chemicals). The new label will clearly identify biobased products for all buyers and consumers and not just federal […]

Continue Reading

Loans, loans, loans!

I can’t believe how busy January has become with so many news popping up all over the place. Here’s my current top news for the month (still subject to changes): 1. DuPont acquiring Danisco 2. USDA launches biobased product label 3. EPA defers GHG permitting requirements for industries that use biomass 4. Butamax files patent […]

Continue Reading

Growing glycerine-to-ECH plants

The green blogger is attending next week’s American Cleaning Institute’s (formerly Soap and Detergent Association) annual meeting in Orlando. I am excited to announced that I will be interviewing Seventh Generation’s Martin Wolf  (Director, Product Sustainability and Authenticity) as well as companies such as Evonik Goldschmidt, Procter & Gamble, BASF, VVF Ltd., and FMC. I […]

Continue Reading

Green diesel article and interview

I’ve been having too many interviews lately about renewable fuels not to mention several interesting regulatory news within the US ethanol industry during December. We’ll get to ethanol some other time but for now, I want to post this interview I had with Honeywell’s UOP business about their green diesel technology. This interview is complement […]

Continue Reading

Weekly News Roundup

Evergreen Solar closes plant Evergreen Solar intends to shut down operations at its Devens manufacturing facility by the end of first quarter citing price pressure for 2011 because of significant capacity expansions in China combined with potential adverse changes in government subsidies in several markets in Europe. GM licenses Argonne’s lithium battery tech General Motors […]

Continue Reading

Biofuel news roundup

There have been sooo many biofuel news last week, I decided to separate them from the blog’s weekly news roundup… IndianOil and LanzaTech in ethanol India’s petroleum firm IndianOil and LanzaTech will collaborate to demonstrate fuel grade ethanol production in the region using LanzaTech’s gas fermentation technology. The collaboration will enable the parties to accelerate […]

Continue Reading

Introducing Anellotech

My ICIS Chemical Business article about the increasing use of biomass feedstock in chemical production is out now (free access!) and one of the companies featured on the story is NY-based Anellotech, which is developing aromatics that use biomass feedstock. I had the opportunity to interview Anellotech CEO David Sudolsky in December as their BTA […]

Continue Reading

Cereplast to expand in Europe

I’ve been wondering who has the most active press communications based on press release announcements among the companies that I’ve previously covered. Amyris and Cereplast seem neck and neck but I’m betting on Cereplast. The blog received 3 announcements the past two weeks alone. The biggest one is the company’s plans to open a manufacturing […]

Continue Reading