Weekly News Roundup

Here is my (semi)weekly news roundup which has been stewing for a while in my draft box. School is over for now and I’m glad to announce that I am moving on to the next semester. Hopefully, this summer will be more productive for the blog.

FMC launches environmental unit

FMC Corp. has launched FMC Environmental Solutions, a new division that integrates the company’s portfolio of products that prevent or remediate contamination of air, soil and water. The division has three business units: Air Pollution Control focusing on the use hydrogen peroxide, trona and sodium bicarbonate; Soil and Groundwater Remediation business focusing on fast-acting chemistries for remediation of normal and halogenated organics and metals; and Water Treatment.

Blue Marble Biomaterials gets certified

Blue Marble Biomaterials’ natural flavor and fragrance facility in Missoula, Montana, is now fully kosher certified and food-grade compliant. The company has been working with SAFC since 2010 to achieve food grade documentation and quality control features. Blue Marble Biomaterials currently produces natural ester, thioester and extract products via fermentation process.

Eastman, Rubbermaid team up

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) and Eastman have collaborated on bisphenol A (BPA)-free foodservice plastic products using Eastman’s Tritan copolyester. The products were previously made from polycarbonate. RCP’s new BPA-free products under categories Ingredient Management, Food pans/boxes/square containers, PROSERVE line of products, and ProSave line of products are available through foodservice and broadline distributors.

Evolva expands collaborates with IFF

Evolva Holding SA expanded its collaboration with International Flavors & Fragrances on developing a commercially viable biosynthetic route for the production of a key flavouring ingredient. The project started early last year and is said to be progressing on schedule. The collaboration is now expanded to include an additional flavouring ingredient.

Amyris and Ceres on sweet sorghum diesel

Amyris has successfully processed Ceres’ improved sweet sorghum hybrids into renewable diesel under a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant. The pilot-scale project held at the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Colorado pilot-scale biochemical conversion facility evaluated both sugars and biomass from Ceres’ sweet sorghum hybrids grown in Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana and Tennessee. Ceres first commercialized its improved hybrids in Brazil this season.

TMO produces ethanol from Chinese cassava stalk

TMO Renewables is now processing an initial shipment of cassava stalk delivered from China to produce bioethanol. Improved efficiencies at TMO’s 12,000 sq. ft. demonstration facility in Surrey, England, are projected to produce ethanol for less than $2/gal, marking a crucial step toward commercialization. TMO’s conversion process will reportedly yield 70 to 80 gallons of second generation ethanol per ton of feedstock.

Origin Oil collaborates with PACE in oilfield

Algae developer Origin Oil will collaborate with California-based PACE with oil field operators in Texas and elsewhere to improve petroleum recovery and water cleaning for re-use at well sites, using a process originally developed for algae harvesting. OriginOil plans to provide the equipment and capability to process up to one barrel per minute in continuous flow.

…and with Algasol in biofuels

Origin Oil and biofuel developer Algasol Renewables have partnered on the development of an integrated algae growth and harvesting system to achieve new levels of cost and performance in microalgae cultivation for biofuels and high value products. Algasol’s patented system focuses on how to grow algae in floating bags, and Origini Oil said their testing has indicated this can be much more efficient than other cultivation methods.

OakBio partners with Lehigh on CO2 capture

Cement producer Lehigh Permanente and Oakbio formed a partnership based on a CO2 capture technology that can convert greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into valuable products. The Oakbio process involves microbial capture of CO2. The companies plan to conduct research scale studies going forward

University of Minnesota’s new startup

The University of Minnesota has launched a startup called Heat Mining Company LLC that will use sequestered carbon dioxide rather than water to extract heat from deep underground and use this thermal energy to generate electricity. CO2 Plume Geothermal (CPGTM) technology is said to be an attractive solution for conventional fossil-fueled power plants. The University of Minnesota submitted the technology for patents in March 2009 and licensed it exclusively, worldwide to Heat Mining Company LLC through the Office for Technology Commercialization.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

Cefic releases sustainability report for Europe chems industry:

Biochems must be cost-competitive to enter mainstream – consultant

Shale gas positive for economy but damaging to green solutions

APIC ’12: Renewable chemicals a major opportunity for Asia

APIC ’12: Ethanol food vs fuel debate spills into renewable chemicals

APIC ’12: Green revolution key megatrend for petrochemicals



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