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Brazil’s first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant

Cellulosic biomass technology developer GraalBio is planning to help build Brazil’s biorefinery industry with a R$300m ($146m) investment of a new 22m gallons/year cellulosic ethanol plant to be constructed in Alagoas using sugarcane bagasse and straw for initial feedstock. GraalBio is also developing a new type of cost-competitive biomass called Energy Cane, a cross hybrid […]

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Braskem’s next bioplastic move

The green blog was a bit concern for a while on the status of Braskem’s green poplypropylene (PP) project when news of management shake-up within Braskem reached ICIS news desk a couple of weeks ago. However, I saw this article from BusinessGreen.com dated May 8 talking about Braskem pushing through its $100m sugarcane ethanol-based PP […]

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Siemens develop ABS plastic alternative

Researchers at technology company Siemens have developed an alternative material to polystyrene-based acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plastic made from renewable-based polymers and carbon dioxide.   The new material — a result of a three-year project funded by the German Research Ministry and in collaboration with BASF, Munich Techical University and the University of Hamburg scientists — is […]

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Dutch CSM focuses on biobased chems

Finals week is looming ahead and before I get bogged down with studying, let me post some of these recent news that came my way this week.    First is from Dutch food ingredients company CSM, the parent company of lactic acid producer Purac. CSM announced yesterday that it is leaving its global bakery products […]

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Metabolix update

As mentioned in the previous post, Metabolix management seems to be handling the company well after the Telles joint venture break-up with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) early this year. Before its first quarter 2012 earnings was announced on April 26 , the company has been putting out several press releases below: Metabolix Awarded Two U.S. […]

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Live Blog: BASF Sustainability Conference

<p><p><a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php?option=com_mobile&task=viewaltcast&altcast_code=efcf8333d8″ >BASF Sustainability Press Conference</a></p></p>

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Castor oil to the auto rescue?

The global automotive industry is abuzz with the tightened supply of polyamide 12 (also called nylon 12) which are used in cable ties, wire insulation, flexible hosing, nozzles, damping cogwheels, flexible cover caps, sheet gaskets, sealing rings, and in other fuel line applications/auto-related parts. PA-12 is also used in plastic parts to make solar panels […]

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Seattle Mariners ‘Green Field’

BASF has teamed up with US major league baseball team Seattle Mariners in launching its season-long Sustainable Saturdays program at Safeco Field where BASF will give away its compostable bags made from its Ecovio biodegradable polymers.   The first 10,000 fans on April 21 (this Saturday) will receive a free “Kitchen Catcher” compost kit compliments […]

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Growing phthalate-free plasticizers

The blog is not that familiar with the plasticizer market although ICIS Chemical Business has been covering some part of this market in the form of phthalate plasticizers dioctyl phthalate (DOP), di-isosonyl phthalate (DINP) and feedstock phthalic anhydride. However, the blog has constantly been receiving news on alternatives development to phthalates DOP and DINP, which […]

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..And the biobutanol lawsuit goes on

Press releases of the back and forth bio-butanol patent lawsuits between Gevo and Butamax since March have piled up in the blog’s inbox, and more statements just came out yesterday, April 10. According to Gevo, the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has granted the company patent number 8,153,415 entitled “Reduced By-Product Accumulation for Improved […]

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