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Weekly News Roundup

A chockful of news last week mostly in the biofuels arena. Good thing the blog is not constrained with spaces! (unlike the magazine). Watch out next week for news from South America as my colleague Anna Jagger and other ICIS news editors cover the ongoing Latin American Petrochemical Annual Meeting (APLA). It will be interesting […]

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More biosuccinic players

Several other chemical companies want to jump into the development of biobased succinic acid, and have announced deals this week German chemical company BASF today announced that it is joining Dutch-based lactic acid producer CSM for the development of biobased succinic acid. The companies plan to produce commercial quantity and volumes in the second quarter […]

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Big bio-succinic acid potential

Now that I’ve filed my Energy Efficiency article for ICIS Chemical Business (watch out for that on August 17 issue!), I can now go back to blogging about my post coverage of last week’s BIO World Congress on Industrial and Biotechnology conference in Montreal, Canada. As previously mentioned in my last post, there seems to […]

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BIO Day 2 – Succinic acid, enzymes, ethanol

Developments in the bio-succinic acid market was my main highlight for Day 2 at BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing event held in Montreal. But before I delved into that, my attention was caught by Genencor‘s presentation of sustainability in textile manufacturing during the breakfast plenary session (which by the way started at […]

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Two big green news: Exxon and Myriant

While I was fiddling with GM’s Chevy fuel cell car yesterday, two big green chemical news broke out: One from Myriant Technologies and the other from ExxonMobil. Renewable chemical manufacturer Myriant announced that it has successfully piloted their biobased succinic acid process validating its commercial viability. Their succinic acid is derived from the company’s D(-) […]

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DSM, Genencor green chem milestones

Two big green chemistry developments today are both from enzyme producers DSM and Genencor. Netherlands-based DSM and French starch derivatives producer Roquette said that their bio-based succinic acid demo plant in Lestrem (France) will be operational by the end of 2009. Succinic acid is a chemical building block used in the manufacture of polymers, resins, […]

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Biosuccinic plant underway

The world’s first biobased-succinic acid plant with a capacity of 2,000 metric tons/year is already under construction in Pomacle, France, according to white biotech company Bioamber, a joint venture between US-based DNP Green Technology and France-based ARD. Bioamber was launched in April 2008. The biosuccinic acid can use various renewable feedstock such as sugar cane, […]

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Breakthrough in sugar chemicals

Another eureka moment in the world of green chemistry is Genomatica‘s development of sugar-based 1,4 butanediol (BDO), a key feedstock in the manufacturing of hundreds of industrial chemicals for making plastics, rubber and fiber products. The privately-held company, which has the backing of several Silicon Valley venture capital firms, said it was able to create […]

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Chemicals from glycerine

It’s been a while since I visited the glycerine industry but it seems that research for new applications for the product is ongoing despite the market’s pricing (and supply) volatility. Chemical engineers at Rice University have developed a fermentation process that can convert the biodiesel coproduct glycerine into high value organic acids such as formate, […]

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Brewing bio-chemicals

Chemicals made from fermenting agriculture-based products are reaching their critical point. A few days after agribusiness company Cargill and enzymes producer Novozymes announced their plans to develop bio-chemicals such as acrylic acid from fermented sugar-based 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HPA), chemical company DSM and starch derivatives producer Roquette are building a pilot plant for starch-based succinic acid. […]

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