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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Glycerin-based PG plant in Europe

Greetings green blog fans! I am still fighting off jetlag but there had been soooo many news within the past two weeks that I have a lot of catching up to do before going on another 1-week vacation (my final one this year) starting July 20. Let me start with a favorite topic of mine […]

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BIO 2012 Coverage Update

By Sam Nejame, founder of Promotum, a management consulting firmspecializing in technology commercialization and business development. ————————Wrapping up a week at BIO. Collection of interesting things seen and heard. The Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals track kicked off boldly with a panelcomparing the outlook for Industrial Bio with Pharma Bio. Pretty scarywhen you consider it took […]

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BIO 2012 Coverage

Sam Nejame is covering the BIO 2012 meeting for the green blog. His thoughts for the first day… ——————– Sitting in for Doris at BIO International Convention in Boston. Couple of brief notes. At a press conference yesterday afternoon Abengoa Bioenergy and Myriant gave updates on construction of their first commercial plants and Myriant announced […]

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The traveling blogger

Guess where the green blogger is off to? I’ll be back on July 4! \

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Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is going on a part work/part vacation for the next two 2.5 weeks outside the US. I will try my hardest not to check my emails while I’m on vacation . Don’t miss me too much! Here are last week’s news roundup: BioTork collaborates with BASFUS biotechnology company BioTork expanded its collaboration […]

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Oleochemical news roundup

Solvay has announced this before but I guess this time, the project is for real as the company said it will build another 100,000 tonne/year epichlorohydrin (ECH) facility that will use refined glycerin for feedstock to be located in Taixing, China.   Solvay’s Thailand-based affiliate Vinythai will manufacture the glycerin-based ECH using Solvay’s Epicerol technology. […]

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Malaysia sets up Asia’s largest biorefinery site

An official from the government of Malaysia’s biotechnology investment agency BiotechCorp sent the blog an email today regarding their Malaysian ringgit (M$)170m (€42.3m, $53.3m) investment for a biorefinery complex in Kertih, in the Terengganu State, which is expected to attract foreign companies to set up shop for their cellulosic-based manufacturing facilities. The site will reportedly […]

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Update: Gevo continues operation

ICIS news reported* this morning that Gevo will continue to optimize its bio-isobutanol operations in Luverne, Minnesota, as previously planned amid today’s injunction decision by the US Federal District Court of Delaware to limit Gevo’s commercial activities effective immediately. The order specifies that Gevo “will not deliver, provide, distribute, ship, release or transfer any of its […]

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