Archive | May, 2011

Myriant files for IPO

Hope the blog’s US readers had a great Memorial Day weekend! So here are last week’s big news that came out such as Solazyme’s successful IPO and Novamont to build a biorefinery/bioplastic in Italy. I also just finished writing an article about Dow Chemical’s successful pilot project on incinerating plastics for energy. This article will […]

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Zeachem bags low-cost feedstock

US-based Zeachem, which is building a 250,000 gal/year cellulosic demonstration biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon, producing ethanol and ethyl acetate, announced last week that it will be able to soon get 100% of its  feedstock at a cost 50% lower compared to Brazilian sugarcane and 80% less compared to corn-based materials. The company has signed a […]

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Elevance expands specialty chems output

Here are more recent announcements from Elevance. The blog might have already mentioned Elevance’s announcement to collaborate with DSM on bio-based high performance specialty thermoplastics. Not much details were shared on what type of thermoplastics they’re focusing on and in what applications they’re looking into. DSM is pretty big in the engineering plastics market especially […]

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Bioplastics – Hot in Italy?

Is the global bioplastic industry already benefiting from plastic bag ban in Italy? US-based Cereplast thinks so as it currently goes through its construction plans of a 100,000 tonne/year bioplastic facility in Assissi (Cannara), Italy. “After exploring possible sites in several countries in Europe, we identified a central location in Italy, where we have established […]

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Bioeconomy talks at Helsinki Chemicals Forum

Okay, I am back. Sorry for the long hiatus and right now I also have a article deadline this Friday because of the incoming Memorial Weekend so I’ll try as best as I can to put up some posts from my growing draft list. First, a peek of my participation at a Bioeconomy panel discussion […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The blog will be on hiatus for 1.5 weeks as the green blogger attends the Helsinki Chemicals Forum this week as well as prepares for her final exam on May 24. There have been a couple of big news the past week such as DSM’s announcement of the construction of their commercial bio-succinic acid plant […]

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ADM’s glycerin-based PG onstream

This is already a two-week old news but I believe still worth mentioning. US agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) said its 100,000 tonne/year bio-based propylene glycol (PG) plant in Decatur, Illinois, had a successful start-up and is now producing industrial-grade PG using refined glycerin as feedstock. The facility’s operations started-up in late March and […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is going to be a very busy bee for the next two weeks covering the “sold out” ICIS 1st World Surfactants conference (I’ll do the welcome speech too) in New Jersey, and after that, the 3rd Global Helsinki Chemicals Forum in Helsinki, Finland, where I will participate in a roundtable talking about […]

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Interview: Carbon Sciences

My apologies to Carbon Sciences for putting this interview post very, very late. However, this could be a good timing given that price of gasoline is once again within the $4/gal range. Carbon Sciences, a California-based public company, is developing drop-in gasoline using carbon dioxide and methane gas as feedstock. The company’s intellectual property (IP) […]

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BioAmber readies for North American plant

We got some new information today about BioAmber’s planned North American succinic acid facility as the company announced the closing of its series B $45m financing. According to BioAmber CEO Jean-Francois Huc, the company is finalizing its plans for a 20,000 tonne/year (not 200,000!! sorry!) plant and the choice of the site is now down […]

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