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US bio-based chemicals at a tipping point

This is a contributed post from Stephen J. Gatto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Myriant Corporation. Commercially and technologically there can be little doubt the bio-based chemicals industry is at its tipping point. According to BIO, the world’s largest biotechnology trade association, there are approximately 2,000 companies today in the United States that either […]

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Green chem destination: Minnesota

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota (BBAM) recently released its Bio-industrial processing roadmap for the advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals industry to provide information for investors, businesses and stakeholders. According to BBAM’s projections, direct and indirect employment in bioindustrial processing companies in Minnesota could total in excess of 13,000 by 2025, up from 2,000 last year. […]

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Boosting economy with biobased products

US producers of bio-based products will be happy to know that President Obama signed a presidential memo yesterday that requires the federal government via the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred Program to track and increase its purchases of products made from plants and other renewable agricultural materials. The memorandum directs federal agencies to take […]

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Solyndra and the debate on gov’t funding

Sorry for the post delay this week. Work deadlines and school are bad combination. This week, most of the green social media talk is on solar panel manufacturer Solyndra and it’s bankruptcy filing. Solyndra was one of the biggest recipients of US government funding (around $527m to be exact according to a NY Times article). […]

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First Biopreferred commercial products

I know the blog is late putting out this news but it’s worthwhile to mention some of the first companies and products that were included in the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) newly-certified biobased products. If readers recalled, the USDA put out an announcement in January about their new voluntary product certification and labeling program […]

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Snippets from Seventh Generation interview

This week is going to be tough given that a) it is a short week, b)I have two feature articles that I’m working on with deadline next week, c) I have two school exams this week. I am also preparing for next week’s Green Chemistry Panel Discussion on March 3, which I will be co-moderating. […]

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GE in foam recovery

Before I start posting news from BASF, Lanxess, Segetis, Elevance, OPXBio, Myriant, Rivertop Renewables (and the list goes on and on…), here’s an interesting development from GE Appliances & Lighting, which became the first appliance manufacturer to partner with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program. According to GE, […]

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New label to boost biobased chems demand

It’s a happy week this week for all biobased chems and products manufacturers as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launched of a new voluntary product certification and labeling program for qualifying biobased products (and chemicals). The new label will clearly identify biobased products for all buyers and consumers and not just federal […]

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LanzaTech joins DOE in butanediol R&D

I was too sick last week to post anything but I’m recovering enough now to hopefully be able to post last week’s news, maybe one interview, and then I’m off for some Black Friday shopping to support the economy and the chemical industry (I will do my best…) LanzaTech sent me this news on November […]

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Lithium projects galore

I’ve been seeing a lot of investments this year on lithium-related production capacity coming from the chemical industry especially here in the US. Today, BASF broke ground on a $50+ million facility in Elyria, Ohio, to produce Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (NCM) cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries that can power hybrid and full-electric vehicles. The investment has the […]

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