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Cobalt, Rhodia to build n-butanol demo plant

So the blog just had its interview with Genomatica with some juicy details, which unfortunately, will have to wait until tomorrow. In the meantime, bio-butanol producer Cobalt Technologies announced today that it is moving forward with plans to build a bagasse-based n-butanol demonstration facility in Brazil alongside its partner Rhodia, a France-based specialty chemicals company […]

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Versalis, Genomatica, Novamont partnership

Hello blog world! My apologies for the abrupt silence as the blogger did not have enough time to post an “Out of Office – I’m on a Marvelous Vacation” message. It’s either posting or packing, and packing won hands down. So coming back today and checking my 700+ emails, this news from Versalis, Novamont and […]

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BPA ban on baby bottles, cups

The US Food and Drug Administration finally ruled today under its food additive regulations that manufacturers of polycarbonate baby bottles and sippy cups (including closures and lids) should no longer use bisphenol-A (BPA) as an additive. This action is in response to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) petition to amend the food additive regulation given […]

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Codexis, Shell in fuel discussion

Codexis announced today that it is under exclusive discussion with Shell that would give Codexis certain rights and licenses to develop and sell their cellulase enzymes to third parties in the biofuels field on a worldwide basis except Brazil. Codexis said it has exclusive rights to commercialize its cellulase enzyme technology in all other fields […]

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Panasonic, Nike in bio-resins

I thought at first that bio-propanediol (PDO) is now being used on television parts (is it?). But according to this press release from DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, Panasonic Corporation Eco Solutions Company (part of Panasonic Group) is instead using resins made from DuPont Tate & Lyle’s Susterra bio-PDO for its line of kitchen and […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I’d better put this out before this list gets longer. Some of the news that the blog missed for the past two weeks…. Grace and Braskem in catalystsW.R. Grace and Braskem have partnered on a multi-year collaboration to develop process technologies and catalyst solutions to produce green chemicals. The agreement is intended to advance the […]

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SDK starts bio-PBS sampling

The blog just noted in its last post about increasing activities from Japanese chemical companies, and in a happy coincidence, Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) just announced today that it has succeeded in producing its polybutylene succinate (PBS) resin under the trademark Bionolle using bio- based succinic acid. PBS, a compostable polyester, is traditionally made from […]

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More Japanese firms in green chems

So the green blogger received a call yesterday from a Japanese chemical firm inquiring about bio-based paraxylene (PX). The caller said their Chinese clients have become more interested in renewable-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET).   Of course, this is a very interesting news for me and I’m hoping to get first dibs on further developments from […]

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Biobased isobutanol updates

US bio-butanol producers Gevo and Butamax have been very busy churning out press releases while I was away, and the blog received another two from Gevo this morning.  Gevo announced today that it has partnered with Italy-based Beta Renewables to develop an integrated process for the production of cellulosic-based isobutanol. The project would combine Beta’s […]

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Solazyme production milestones

Algae-based chemicals producer Solazyme announced two production milestones last week: a successful commissioning of its fully-integrated biorefinery in Peoria, Illinois, US; and the start of construction of its Brazilian biorefinery under the Bunge-Solazyme joint venture.   The Peoria facility’s 128,000-liter fermentation operation has been up and running since the fourth quarter of 2011 producing algal […]

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