Archive | July, 2011

Chemical firms invest in Li-ion

The blog’s colleague Nigel Davis wrote a recent insight about chemical companies racing to enter the lithium ion batteries market. Nigel pointed out BASF’s recent announcement of a three-digit million euros investment in to R&D and production of battery materials over the next five years. BASF’s first electrolyte formulations for Li-ion batteries will be on […]

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Weekly News Roundup

My biobased rubber chemicals article for ICIS Chemical Business will soon be published on August 1 and it turned out better than I expected if I do say so myself. As part of that article, I will soon post in the blog my Q&A with France-based renewable chemicals developer Global Bionergies, which is currently developing […]

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Advanced Biofuels group launches video Ad

Here’s a pretty nice online video from the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) launched today. The group said this is the first of a series of online advertisements promoting the uses of advanced biofuels across the US. By the way, a lot of things going on in US Congress about biofuels especially the possible repeal of […]

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Calling consultants out there!

The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership contacted me if I know any consultants out there that are interested in their project below. The truth is I don’t really know who to recommend so I’m going to give everybody their chance to contact the group — just don’t contact me on this unless you want to say thanks […]

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Autos increase use of bio-chems

Toyota and Ford are neck-to-neck (or maybe it should be hood-to-hood) in adopting renewable-based materials and chemicals for their automobiles. Ford announced that it has teamed up with Recycled Polymeric Materials (RPM) for the use of gaskets and seals made from 25% post-consumer particulate from recycled tires and 17% soybean-based materials on Ford’s 2011 model […]

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NatureWorks markets new lactides

US polylactic acid (PLA) plastic producer NatureWorks will soon offer high-purity, polymer grade Ingeo meso-lactide under the brand Ingeo M700 lactide in commercial quantities (about thousands of tons) to be available in 2013. Samples will be available in 2012, said NatureWorks. The lactide can be used as an intermediate for copolymers, amorphous oligomers and polymers, […]

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Biofuel News Roundup

More two weeks worth of news…just trying to clear up my draft list =) PetroAlgae Partners with CRI Catalyst to Optimize Conversion of Biomass to Renewable Fuel DSM strengthens yeast technology leadership for 2G biofuels Petrobras acquires 50% of biodiesel plant in Rio Grande do Sul Coskata Signs Letter of Intent for the Engineering, Procurement […]

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More green chemical news

I am taking a short break from writing an article for ICIS Chemical Business about bio-based chemicals for rubber manufacture, which is giving me a massive headache given the unfamiliarity of this industry. Here’s a question for bio-butanediol (BDO) developers: How come nobody is mentioning the potential market for butadiene given the projected supply tightness […]

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Weekly News Roundup

 A compilation of a two-week news roundup… Elevance in renewable rubber compounds Elevance Renewable Sciences and Hutchinson Worldwide will collaborate in the use of Elevance’s renewable-based products for use as processing aids in Hutchinson’s rubber compounds. The collaboration will combine rubber formulation expertise and manufacturing capabilities of Hutchinson with Elevance’s metathesis technology and products. AE […]

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Expanding bioplastic collaboration

The chemical/plastic industry seems to be opening more and more to bioplastics collaboration as seen with the recent news from Gevo and Toray on bio-PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and today with Avantium and Solvay’s announcement to jointly develop green engineering plastics. Gevo announced on June 27 that it has successfully produced 100% renewable-based PET using its […]

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