Archive | June, 2011

Weekly News Roundup

My last post before I leave for my Asian trip…I’ll be back in July! Cosan and Amyris in green base oil JV Brazilian sugar producer Cosan and US-based renewable chemical company Amyris has formed a new company called Novvi S.A. based in Brazil, which will develop, produce and market renewable base oils made from Amyris’ […]

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Green chem funding abounds

Investors seem to be more than happy this year to fund renewable-based chemical technologies and projects. For the first six months, there had been a lot of financing rounds closure, grants from various government and state agencies as well as funding from chemical/petrochemical/oil firms. By the way I wrote an article on ICIS Chemical Business […]

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New Green chemicals – Long edition

The blog has not been posting green chemicals product launch for months due to time constraint. So I’ve compiled all that I received in this list…(in company alphabetical order). Afton Chemical Announces Greenclean Detergent Technology in North America for Diesel Fuel. Arkema Sustainability Additives Group Introduces New Impact Modifier BWA New Synergistic Non-oxidizing Biocide Croda’s […]

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Green products on the shelf

According to a research by Genencor published in May, consumers now readily accept biobased products that offer sustainability benefits. In a survey done by the company, the report noted that 8 out of 10 consumers in the US and Canada would definitely.likely purchase biobased household products if comparable on cost and effectiveness with non-biobased. Genencor […]

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Soy chemicals on scene

The blog will be offline for the next two weeks as I travel to Singapore and Philippines for both work and play. Yeah! I’m going to try to post as much as I can before Monday, so here’s one about soybean-based chemicals – one of those markets I’ve been covering since 2000 when I was […]

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Gevo invests in 2nd isobutanol plant

Gevo announced this week that it is getting closer to its goal of having 350m gal/year isobutanol capacity by 2015 with its recent investment in another ethanol plant owned by its new joint venture partner Redfield Energy of Redfield, South Carolina. The 50m gal/year ethanol plant will be retrofitted around late 2011 by Gevo to […]

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Amyris partners with Wilmar in surfactants

This is an interesting development on the green surfactants sector with the news that Amyris is partnering with Singapore-based palm products (and oleochemicals) producer Wilmar. According to Amyris, it will establish a development, production and commercialization venture with Wilmar which will use Amyris’ Biofene molecule in surfactant manufacture. Surfactants are used in a variety of […]

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Genomatica achieves BDO demo scale

Genomatica said it has successfully produced bio-1,4 butanediol (BDO) from its first demonstration-scale 13,000 liter fermentation tank located at Tate & Lyle’s facility in Decatur, Illinois, 3 months after the companies announced their partnership. The company did not disclose how much BDO was produced at the facility. The blog also asked Genomatica’s target commercial production […]

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Bioplastic bottle update: Virent, Gevo, Avantium

The blog saw a lot of interests in our post about green PET bottle in March. Fortunately, we seem to have several recent news connecting to renewable-based PET again so let’s analyze some of them here: The one big news that we have is Virent’s announcement that it was able to produce sugar-based paraxylene (PX) […]

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Biofuel News Roundup

I’ll post the weekly news roundup later this week. In the meantime, my biofuel news since from last month are piling up….By the way, I just finished an article on how oil firms such as Shell, Petrobras and BP have been investing multi-million to multi-billion dollars in Brazilian ethanol. This will come out on ICIS […]

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