Weekly News Roundup

Sooo many news this week and I have so many things to tie up first before my trip to San Diego attending the Biobased Chemicals Summit. Big ticker news are from LS9 and BASF but I’ll separate the BASF news in another post. Still on the line-up are my interviews with Carbon Sciences, Seventh Generation and probably something from my interview with Procter & Gamble Chemicals. Stay tune!

Here are this week’s news roundup:

LS9′s 2nd project with P&G

LS9 started a second development and commercialization partnership with Procter & Gamble (P&G). No details were reported but the companies said the second project expands on the companies’ first project in using LS9′s renewable chemicals portfolio to P&G consumer products.

Chempolis’ China biorefinery JV

Chempolis Ltd and Henan Yinge Industrial Investment Co., Ltd will form a joint venture in Luohe, Henan province, which will build a biorefinery based on Chempolis formicofib™ technology using wheat straw as raw material. The biorefinery will produce annually 160 000 tons of non-wood papermaking fibres and biochemicals.

Phase 2 algae project complete

Green Plains Renewable Energy’s joint venture company BioProcess Algae has completed construction of Phase II of its commercial scale Grower Harvester(TM) bioreactors in Shenandoah, Iowa. The Grower Harvester bioreactors were successfully started up in January of this year.

Materia’s metathesis in wind technology

Materia has partnered with California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in developing processes to rapidly create prototypes of promising turbine configurations. Caltech’s olefin metathesis catalyst technology will allow each component of a turbine to be tuned for different levels of compliance, weight, or surface roughness based on the requirements of the design concept.

REV Biofuels launched

Pure Earth Energy Resources, LLC (PEER) launched REV Biofuels, a biodiesel company based in Arizona. REV just started its biodiesel facility with an initial production of 11,200 gallons/day, with projected volumes ramping to 40,000 gal/day by January 2012. Total annual production capacity eventually will be 10 million gal/year.

Cargill acquires alcohol plant

Cargill will acquire Royal Nedalco’s wheat-based alcohol operations from its parent company, Royal Cosun. The deal involves Nedalco head office in Bergen op Zoom (The Netherlands), the Royal Nedalco plants in Manchester (UK), Sas van Gent (The Netherlands) and Heilbronn (Germany). The three Royal Nedalco production plants produce about 1.4m hectolitres/year of potable and industrial alcohol.

And from ICIS News (requires subscription):

Brazilian ethanol prices rose slightly in the first week of February indicating that tight supply continued to lend support to the biofuel.

Epoxy resin systems with up to 70% plant-based content could be just a few years away for the composites industry, according to manufacturer Entropy Resins.

European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) prices have equaled or breached record highs across all grades, because of tight supply and strong demand.



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