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Green products on the shelf

According to a research by Genencor published in May, consumers now readily accept biobased products that offer sustainability benefits. In a survey done by the company, the report noted that 8 out of 10 consumers in the US and Canada would definitely.likely purchase biobased household products if comparable on cost and effectiveness with non-biobased. Genencor […]

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Soy chemicals on scene

The blog will be offline for the next two weeks as I travel to Singapore and Philippines for both work and play. Yeah! I’m going to try to post as much as I can before Monday, so here’s one about soybean-based chemicals – one of those markets I’ve been covering since 2000 when I was […]

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ADM’s glycerin-based PG onstream

This is already a two-week old news but I believe still worth mentioning. US agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) said its 100,000 tonne/year bio-based propylene glycol (PG) plant in Decatur, Illinois, had a successful start-up and is now producing industrial-grade PG using refined glycerin as feedstock. The facility’s operations started-up in late March and […]

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Bio-lubes in the spotlight

I’ve been noticing a lot of bio-lubricants collaboration announcement recently and we might as well try to get a little bit of insight into this market. By the way, you might have already heard about big news from OPX Biotechnologies and Rivertop Renewables announced on Monday. I am getting more information about them and will […]

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Biofuel does not benefit military – study

Here is an interesting study from RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, which reported that there is no direct benefit for the US military in using renewable fuels. As you’ve read from the blog from time to time, there had been increasing investment developments in biofuels for military use. Here are some examples: U.S. Navy […]

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Shell exits algae biofuels

Is algae losing its green bubbling allure? Shell seems to think so as it sold its stake in algae biofuel developer Cellana to its joint venture partner HR BioPetroleum (HRBP). Cellana was formed by Shell and HRBP in 2007 to build and operate a demonstration facility to grow and produce oil from algae for biofuel […]

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Renewables growth in Latin America

Latin America especially Brazil seems to be an increasingly high growth renewable chems sector not only because of the plentiful (and more logistically organized) sugarcane feedstock source but its burgeoning economy is also an added attraction. I wrote an article (subscription only) on ICIS Chemical Business about the bioplastic opportunity in Latin America now that […]

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Booming photovoltaics

The green blog has been noticing constant new chemical introductions focusing on the photovoltaics market and today, DuPont confirmed in a webcast the profitability of this sector to their electronics and communications business. DuPont said it expects this year to achieve $1 billion in revenue from sales into the photovoltaic (PV) market — one year […]

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Solazyme’s bubbling algae investors

Solazyme has been a very, very busy company this year gathering big time investors from across various industries to its fold. Many industry analysts are speculating this is part of a big-time preparation for an IPO (initial public offering). Today, Solazyme announced its current development partner Unilever has joined its Series D financing round although […]

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VC investments are up in renewable chems

 Cleantech Group sent this report about venture capital investments in renewable chemicals sector reaching $361m in the first half of 2010, which could drive 2010 to a record-year if the second half will see the same pace. VC deals in renewable chemicals for 2008 reached a total of $425m. The study’s principal author Andrew Thomson […]

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