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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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Busy Amyris

California-based Amyris has been very busy this week, with its newly formed joint venture with Brazilian ethanol company Cosan and its new partnership (and investor) with French oil company Total. Amyris announced today that Total has acquired 17% of Amyris’ stake and that it will have the right to appoint a member of the Amyris […]

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Green IPO week

Big money news last week came from Amyris Biotechnologies and Codexis. Amyris finally filed with the SEC for an initial public offering (IPO) of $100m. The company’s current R&D focuses on sugarcane-based chemicals especially farnesene, a molecule which can be used as a renewable chemical ingredient for consumer and industrial products and as a fuel. […]

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Biorefineries get $564m funding

The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected today 19 biorefinery projects that will receive up to $564m funding under the agency’s Biorefinery Assistance Program, which promotes development of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, biopower and bioproducts using biomass resources. Up to $483m will go to 14 pilot scale projects and 4 demonstration-scale biorefinery […]

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Brazil renewed

Speaking of Brazil (and in connection to my last post about Amyris), I think I mentioned before that there seems to be more investments and activities going on in that part of the world when it comes to biofuel and renewable-based chemicals. The blog reported on May 15 about bioplastic development in Brazil. Since then […]

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Amyris’ first plant in Brazil

Amyris Biotechnologies will soon produce its first renewable diesel made from sugarcane using its newly purchased ethanol-producing mill owned and operated by the São Martinho Group. Amyris now owns 40% stake in the Boa Vista mill and plans to manufacture sugarcane-based renewable products for the 2011-2012 harvest season. The mill currently has 2.25 million metric […]

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26 new soy chemicals in 2009

The green blog continues to see the growing use of soybean and derivatives as a renewable chemical feedstock. Yesterday, the United Soybean Board (USB) released its annual list of soy-based products the U.S. farmer-led organization helped introduce this year. 26 new soy-based products hit the market in 2009, according to the group, which helps provides […]

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Interview: Rivertop Renewables

The Green blog’s interview with Rivertop Renewables founder Donald Kiely, and director of marketing Jason Kiely (also Don’s son) revealed the potential power of glucaric acid as a renewable-based alternative chemical. The company hopes to launch sample product applications of its low-cost glucaric acid next year, first as corrosion inhibitors as well as an alternative […]

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Elevance mulls Iowa biorefinery

Thanks to the Green Underworld Reporter for sending this information about Elevance Renewable Sciences in a proposed joint venture with biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) to build a 2.6m gallon/year demo-scale integrated biorefinery in Newton, Iowa. In an application filed by Elevance late last month to the Iowa Dept. of Economic Development (IDED) for […]

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Introducing: Glucaric acid

Here’s another green chemistry company start-up to add to my list. I received an email about Missoula, Montana-based Rivertop Renewables who is developing glucaric acid, a sugar-based acid created by oxidizing glucose which can be used as a building block chemical. According to the company, the US Department of Energy recognized glucaric acid as one […]

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