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Goodbye to ICIS

Dear readers,It has been my pleasure giving you news and information about renewable chemicals, sustainability, clean technology and regulatory issues covering various chemical markets. I have authored this blog for almost five years but due to the restructuring of ICIS Chemical Business magazine, of which I work for, I will now be leaving ICIS for […]

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Invista, LanzaTech on bio-butadiene

Bio-based butadiene development is getting hotter as another announcement, this time from LanzaTech, came out right in the heel of Genomatica’s partnership announcement with Versalis. LanzaTech said it has partnered with global nylon producer INVISTA to produce bio-based 1,3 butadiene (BD), first by a two-step process using LanzaTech’s carbon monoxide-based 2,3 butanediol (BDO); and in […]

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Evonik, BioAmber in bio-BDO catalysts

The blog had an interesting conversation with LanzaTech this morning which will be posted next week Monday. In the meantime, my apologies to the readers for letting this news about BioAmber and Evonik slipped out. The two companies announced on July 24, about their long-term partnership in the development and manufacturing of catalysts for making […]

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Money, money, money

Even with the economic doldrums, there are still money floating around for green chems and biofuel. Here are some of the recent ones that came to the blog’s attention. The blog, of course, already posted about Genomatica getting its $41.5m financing from new investor and partner Versalis as well as existing investors Alloy Ventures, Draper […]

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Biofuel news roundup

Ok, so there have been more news on biofuel than I thought. I should have posted this last week. In the meantime, I am also looking at some of the recent earnings report that came out. As the blog posted before about rising ethanol prices because of drought, it looks like this is also affecting […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The blog’s favorite motto: Better late than never. Here is this week’s news roundup. I will post another one on biofuels. Gevo ships bio-isobutanol productsGevo has shipped initial volumes of bio-isobutanol from its 250,000 gal/year plant in Luverne, Minnesota. Gevo is sending isobutanol to both chemical and non-automobile jet fuel customers. The company expects to […]

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Waste-to-energy projects going strong

I am still working on the weekly news roundup but this news about waste-to-energy keep popping up on my email inbox so we might as well take a brief look and see what’s going on in this sector. I have written an article on ICIS Chemical Business about the waste plastic-to-energy market last year where […]

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Battle over RFS heats up

So many things going on in the US ethanol market especially current  drought conditions for corn crops (and even soybeans for biodiesel). Corn prices are going up and that means ethanol prices have been going up too especially when some ethanol plants have been idled because of the lack in demand, which could mean lower […]

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Metabolix to produce PHA with Antibioticos

I am still trying to catch up with news from last week and here was another big one that came from bioplastic producer Metabolix.   If readers recall, Metabolix had a fall out with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) early this year and had since then been looking for alternative plans to produce its polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) resins […]

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Genomatica Withdraws IPO

Christophe Schilling, Genomatica CEO So the blog found out yesterday that Genomatica withdraws its $100m IPO (initial public offering), which it registered with the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August last year.   Unfortunately, the news was under embargo so I was not able to post it immediately. According to Genomatica’s SEC statement […]

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