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 bio-economy (my stomach has butterflies just thinking about this).
Hopefully, my colleague Clay Boswell, who will attend next week’s BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing in Toronto, Canada, will have some goodies to share after I come back.
For now, here are this week’s news roundup:
Biobutanol developer Cobalt Technologies has closed a $20m series D funding round led by Whittemore Collection Ltd., the investment vehicle of Parsons & Whittemore, a global pulp manufacturer. The funding will help Cobalt build its new 470,000 gal/year n-butanol demonstration plant in Alpena, Michigan.
Purac is investigating the participation in a multi-purpose Bioprocess Pilot Facility (BPF) in a consortium of a number of industry partners and universities, including DSM and Delft University of Technology. This Bioprocess Pilot Facility is planned to be built in Delft, The Netherlands and aimed at scale-up research and education for next generation bioprocesses.
Huntsman Polyurethanes will join the Bark Biorefinery Consortium Project, a four-year joint venture between academia and industry that explores value extract from tree bark that is a forest residue left over by the lumber industry. Huntsman will focus on converting bark into value added intermediates for polyurethane.
Solazyme nad Bunge Limited will develop microbe-derived tailored triglyceride oils using Brazilian sugar cane feedstock. Development will take place at Bunge’s facility in Moema, Brazil, and at Solazyme’s laboratories in South San Francisco and Campinas, Brazil. The companies target construction of a commercial facility with 100,000 metric tons of output oil coming online in 2013.
Air Products announced that its proprietary carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, purification and compression system at Vattenfall AB’s research and development facility in Schwarze Pumpe, Germany is onstream. Air Products’ technology focuses on the purification and compression of oxyfuel combustion flue gas during the scheduled three year demonstration project.
BioJet International Ltd. announced that Abundant Biofuels Corporation will become a wholly owned subsidiary of BioJet, a supply chain integrator in renewable (bio) jet fuel and related co-products. Abundant is an integrated renewable energy company and develops advanced fuel feedstock such as camelina, jatropha, algae and biomass with more than four million hectares in ten countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
Public concern over the health risks posed by plastics is one of the biggest issues facing the industry, said Ernest Coleman, a consultant for CP Technology.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called for major reform of US chemical regulations, arguing that substance bans should be based on “reasonable levels of concern” rather than actual harm to human health and the environment.
Firm tapioca prices will likely keep sorbitol values in Asia stable in May in spite of a seasonal weakness in demand, market sources said.