Archive | February, 2012

Ajinomoto, Toray on Biobased Nylon

Just had my first school exam for the semester tonight so hopefully my lack of blog posting this week was justified. I saw this news on Wednesday morning about Ajinomoto partnering with Toray on the development of nylon raw material 1,5 pentanediamine (1,5 PD) using plant-based amino acid lysine via Ajinomoto’s fermentation technology. According to […]

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ACC to launch Biobased Chemistry Network

Here is a very short notice from the American Chemistry Council on their plans to launch a Biobased Chemistry Network. There was no press release on this and the blog just stumbled on this information at ACC’s Smart Brief site. All the blog can comment is, it’s about time the trade group recognizes this growing […]

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Bankrupt CHOREN sells tech to Linde

Germany-based gas producer Linde via its engineering business Linde Engineering Dresden has acquired the Carbo-V technology of the insolvent biofuel producer CHOREN (insolvent means bankrupt by the way, according to Google). The Carbo-V technology is a multi-stage biomass gasification process, which was CHOREN’s main asset. Linde said it will offer the technology as licensor and […]

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New Scottish biobutanol producer

The blog previously posted in August 2010 about these researchers from the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland who have have developed biobutanol using whisky byproducts for feedstock. It turns out that a few a weeks ago, these researchers launched a new company called Celtic Renewables to commercialize their biobutanol process for biofuel application after receiving […]

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Biofuel news roundup

So many biofuel news that came out last week… Novozymes’ seaweed-to-biofuel R&DNovozymes is collaborating with India-based Sea6 Energy to develop a process for the production of biofuels from seaweed. The research alliance will use enzymes to convert seaweed-based carbohydrates to sugar, which can then be fermented to produce ethanol, fine chemicals, proteins and fertilizers. Novozymes […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I’m starting to prepare my bioplastic presentation for BIOPLASTEK 2012 on March 30 as well as studying for my first school exam this semester so bear with my empty blog this past few days.  On February 20, I’m also attending Jim Lunt’s pre-conference seminar on NatureWorks’ Innovation Takes Roots annual event in Orlando, so hopefully, I’ll […]

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Chemicals from cashew nut shell

Who knew you can use liquid extracted from cashew nut shell and use it for chemical feedstock?    The blog received this news from BioBased Technologies (a US biobased polyol producer) about their partnership with Palmer International, a US company working with Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) for over 50 years. The firms is developing […]

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UPM builds tall oil-based biorefinery

Tall oil is another industry that the blogger started covering 11 years ago but unfortunately, has not been up-to-date with this market since 2009. If you want to know more about tall oil, I suggest contacting TAPPI, a big association for global pulp, paper, packaging and converting industries or the Pine Chemicals Association, which also has members […]

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Gevo, Butamax patent saga continues

There are not really a lot of bio-isobutanol producers out there — the blog counts three right now and two of them are at each other’s throats when it comes to patents.   Both US-based Gevo and Butamax (the biobutanol business of DuPont and BP) have been going at it for a year now when […]

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