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Verdezyne starts pilot plant

It’s been awhile since the blog wrote something about Verdezyne’s development activities on bio-adipic acid. The company announced today that it has started its pilot plant operation in Carlsbad, California — Verdezyne’s first biobased adipic acid at scale.   The company said “the plant will be used to demonstrate scalability of their process, validate their […]

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Plastic-to-energy tech gains ground

I wrote an article (subscription only) for ICIS Chemical Business (published on June 6) about the increasing development of recycled plastics being used as energy source or alternative chemical feedstock. Companies included in the article are Dow Chemical, Agilyx, JBI Global, and comments from the American Chemistry Council’s Steve Russell, VP of the ACC plastics […]

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BASF, Bayer CO2 news

Here are two companies who recently put out some interesting news regarding carbon dioxide. First is Bayer which just started its pilot plant in Chempark Leverkusen, Germany, producing polyurethanes using carbon dioxide as feedstock. As I’ve mentioned before, there are other companies that are looking into CO2-based polymers such as Novomer, which is currently working […]

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Presenting: Siluria

The green blog still has Anellotech (tech – Biomass to aromatics) and Arzeda (tech -biocatalysts) to cover based on their presentations from the Biobased Chemicals East conference, but let’s start with this very intriguing company Siluria – their technology is based on a breakthrough catalyst that can convert natural gas specifically methane to ethylene. I […]

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Bio-butanol from whisky

I received this news from my colleague a couple of weeks ago regarding the development of whisky as another bio-butanol feedstock source. I thought that will be such a waste of a good drink. Fortunately, researchers from the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland are instead using two main by-products of the whisky production process – […]

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Linde starts CO2-from-ethanol plant

Gas company Linde announced today the start-up of its 600 ton/day carbon dioxide plant produced from Sunoco’s ethanol plant (housed in a former brewery) in Fulton, NY, 23 miles north of Syracuse. Linde says Sunoco’s 100m gal/year ethanol plant is the largest ethanol facility in the Northeast, which uses 41 million bushels of corn. The […]

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Greener chlorine production

My Wacker Chemie sustainability stories are still in the line-up but with this news from Bayer MaterialScience last week about their eco-friendly electrochemical chlorine production, I might as well include some tidbits from Wacker’s chlorine production as well. Bayer said it is building a new chlorine plant that uses common salt with annual capacity of […]

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