Weekly News Roundup

Yes, it’s been a week since I last blog and I definitely needed the time off as school is killing me. Fortunately, this week is a spring break so hopefully I’ll be more productive. We’ll start with our (semi-monthly) news round-up…

EcoSynthetix commissions new plant

Canada-based EcoSynthetix has commissioned a new 80m lb/year production line within its existing US manufacturing facility in Tennessee bringing its annualized capacity to 235m pounds. The company produces biomaterials such as starch-derived latex binders and monomers for adhesives and resins. EcoSynthetix said their EcoSphere biolatex polymer can be a drop-in replacement for styrene butadiene and styrene acrylic latex with their current equipment and processes.

Solazyme, Bunge forms Brazil JV

Solazyme and Bunge have formed a joint venture to build, own and operate a commercial-scale renewable tailored oils production facility adjacent to Bunge’s Moema sugarcane mill in Brazil. The JV, which will operate under the name Solazyme Bunge Produtos Renováveis Ltda., will have an expected annual production capacity of 100,000 metric tons of oil. The facility will utilize Solazyme’s renewable tailored oil production technology, coupled with Bunge’s sugarcane supply and processing capabilities, to produce sustainable tailored triglyceride oils for use in oleochemical and fuel applications in the Brazilian domestic market.

Technip, CIMV in green chem partnership

Engineering firm Technip has partnered with Compagnie Industrielle de la Matiere Vegetable (CIMV) to commercialized CIMV’s solid biomass-to-hydrocarbon process. Technip has established a sales force to promote the CIMV process outside France, along with the wide range of bio-sourced applications. The two companies have been working together for the past five years.

Maverick Biofuels, TopLine Energy partnership

Maverick Biofuels and TopLine Energy Systems (TES) formed a joint technology development initiative to integrate TES’s PRISM ™ plasma reactor technology and Maverick’s thermochemical process to produce fuels and bioplastics from biomass and waste feedstocks. The TES technology will produce an ultra clean, reaction grade synthesis gas which is then converted to a three to five chain carbon olefin intermediate using Maverick’s thermochemical technology. The olefins are then processed into a variety of high-value products, including mixed-alcohol fuel, bio-plastics, and jet fuel.

BASF bioplastic project completed

The municipal waste management company Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR) and BASF have successfully completed a joint pilot project involving the use of organic waste bags made of the biodegradable plastic Ecovio® FS. The plastic material is made of the partially bio-based plastic (polyester) Ecoflex® FS and PLA (polylactic acid).

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

These are the articles I wrote coming from the Bioplastek conference.

US plastic converters seek bio-based polymers

Fracking industry seeks biodegradable polymers – Danimer

US Danimer to expand bioplastic plant with Myriant partnership

Biomass feedstock important in bioplastics future – Nexant

US-based Anellotech the lowest cost bio-paraxylene producer – Nexant

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