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February 13, 2012
The European Commission adopted a coherent, interdisciplinary action plan today for creating a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe that underscores the sector’s role in...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Europe-Unveils-Bioeconomy-Strategy_41328.html
February 9, 2012
While recent biofuels headlines have been dominated by cellulosic ethanol, a biofuels producer backed by industrial biotechnology pioneer DuPont and fuels giant BP has been quietly...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Butamax-Says-it-is-Leading-the-Way-for-Biobutanol-Blendstock_41123.html
February 1, 2012
Carbon Sciences (Santa Barbara, CA), a technology start-up company, says it is on track to demonstrate the use of a proprietary steam reforming catalyst for converting natural gas into...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Carbon-Sciences-to-Demonstrate-Novel-Syngas-Catalyst-update_40889.html
January 31, 2012
Enzymes group Novozymes says it has created an “exploratory research agreement” with Sea6 Energy (Chennai, India), a start-up biotech firm, to jointly develop an enzymatic...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Novozymes-Collaborates-on-Seaweed-to-Biofuels-Project-in-India_40926.html
January 26, 2012
Advanced biofuels are set to become an important factor in the global economy and could replace more than 50% of the world's gasoline demand in 2030, according to a report by Bloomberg...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Study-Biofuels-Could-Replace-50-percent-of-Gasoline-by-2030_40779.html
January 26, 2012
Celtic Renewables (Edinburgh, U.K.), a biotech company developing a process for converting whiskey byproducts into biobutanol and other biochemicals, has been launched yesterday. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/U-K-Spin-out-Firm-to-Generate-BioButanol-from-Whiskey-Byproduct_40714.html
January 24, 2012
DSM and ethanol producer Poet (Sioux Falls, SD) have formed a 50-50 joint venture to produce cellulosic ethanol and license related technology. Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels (Sioux Falls...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/DSM-and-Poet-Form-Cellulosic-Ethanol-Venture-update_40693.html
January 23, 2012
LanzaTech (Auckland, New Zealand), a renewable chemicals and fuels firm, has raised $55.8 million in a third, or Series C, funding round, including an investment from the venture arm...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/LanzaTech-Raises-$55-8-Million-in-Third-Funding-Round_40690.html
January 19, 2012
The Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS; London) says the U.K. government and an industry consortium have launched a hydrogen fueling study, dubbed UKH2Mobility...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/U-K-Launches-Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell-Electric-Vehicle-Study_40548.html
January 18, 2012
AFC Energy (Cranleigh, U.K.) says its alkaline Beta fuel cell system for the first time is being used commercially to generate electricity from waste hydrogen. The system is being...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/AFC-Starts-up-Fuel-Cell-at-AkzoNobels-Chlor-Alkali-Plant-update_40347.html
January 16, 2012
Evonik Industries has introduced a novel membrane for purifying raw biogas into pure, usable biomethane, by removing CO2. The technology, which is comprised of multiple cylindrical...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Evonik-Introduces-Polymer-Membrane-for-Purifying-Biogas_40455.html
January 16, 2012
This past week has seen a raft of alternative energy technology developments in both the battery and fuel cell fields.  BASF made another step forward in its quest to be the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-Innovation-Round-up-Jan-13_40452.html
January 12, 2012
Renewable fuels and chemicals firm LanzaTech (Auckland, New Zealand) says it has bought a foreclosed Soperton, GA biomass gasification and thermochemical ethanol  production...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/LanzaTech-Buys-Idle-Ethanol-Unit_40416.html
January 6, 2012
ZeaChem (Lakewood, CO) says it has begun operations at its 250,000 gallons/year demonstration biorefinery at Boardman, OR. The $28-million facility is being tested for the production...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Zeachem-Starts-Up-Oregon-Biorefinery_40286.html
December 30, 2011
ZeaChem (Lakewood, CO) closed last November a $24-million series C funding round with its venture capital partners. The company has raised a total of $64 million in private financing...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/ZeaChem-Builds-Toward-Its-First-Flexible-Biorefinery_40094.html
December 27, 2011
EPA says it has finalized the 2012 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), which again mandates far lower volumes of cellulosic biofuels than outlined by the Energy Independence and Security...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/EPA-Finalizes-2012-Renewable-Fuel-Standard_40054.html
December 20, 2011
Neste Oil (Helsinki) announced the construction of a pilot plant to produce microbial oil based on waste, at Porvoo, Finland. The pilot plant will be the first designed to produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Neste-Oil-to-Build-a-Pilot-Plant-for-the-Production-of-Waste-Based-Microbial-Oil_39803.html
December 8, 2011
Total and Amyris (Emeryville, CA) have signed agreements to expand their current R&D partnership and form a joint venture to develop, produce and commercialize a range of renewable...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Total-and-Amyris-Expand-Renewable-Fuels-Partnership_39403.html
December 6, 2011
The European Commission has published plans to invest €80 billion ($108 billion) in research and innovation across the European Union between 2014 and 2020. Named Horizon 2020...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/EU-Unveils-$108-Billion-Research-and-Innovation-Program_39407.html
November 22, 2011
Novozymes says later today that it will open new R&D laboratories and customer solutions facilities for biofuel enzymes at its site in Araucária, Brazil. The facility has...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Novozymes-Opens-Enzymes-R-and-D-Lab-in-Brazil_39236.html
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