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July 13, 2010
The U.K. government has announced plans to introduce a “radical research program” to understand how the U.K. uses imported palm oil so that it can take action and halt...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/U-K-to-Map-its-Palm-Oil-Use-in-Bid-to-Avoid-Deforestation_28014.html
July 12, 2010
Rockwood Holdings says its subsidiary Chemetall Foote has begun expansion of its lithium production operation at Silver Peak, NV. The project is part of a previously announced $56.8...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Rockwood-Begins-Expansion-of-Chemetall-Foote-Lithium-Operations_27998.html
July 9, 2010
This Week on CW: BP's woes, including possible break-up of the company, continue to mount in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. U.K. and U.S. are scheduled to discuss the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-July-9_27989.html
July 8, 2010
ZeaChem (Lakewood, CO), a biomaterials start up, says it has successfully produced cellulosic ethanol at a capacity that can readily be scaled up to commercial production. Zeachem says...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/ZeaChem-Demonstrates-Biorefining-Process-at-Scale_27885.html
July 8, 2010
Biotech start-up Deinove (Paris) and VVT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Espoo, Finland), one of the largest applied research organisations in northern Europe, say they have...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Deinove-and-VVT-Partner-on-Cellulosic-Ethanol-Process-Development-update_27861.html
July 7, 2010
The 180,000 m.t./year plant will produce biobased olefins, including a "unique distribution" of alpha and internal olefins for chemicals and advanced fuels;  multifunctional esters and acids, including 9-decenoic acid; and a mixture of oleochemicals and advanced biofuels....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Elevance-to-Build-Indonesia-Biorefinery_27709.html
July 6, 2010
Evonik says it has agreed to license two technologies relating to metathesis technology, along with metathesis catalysts, to biomaterials manufacturer Elevance Renewable Sciences...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Evonik-Licences-Metathesis-Catalysts-to-Elevance_27845.html
July 2, 2010
Topsoe Fuel Cell, a subsidiary of catalysts firm Haldor Topsoe (Lyngby, Denmark), along with its partner Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy (Roskilde, Denmark)...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Topsoe-Awarded-$9-Million-to-Commercialize-Solid-Oxide-Fuel-Cells_27806.html
July 1, 2010
The project will hasten commercialization of municipal solid waste to biofuel technology, the company says....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Trash-Based-Biofuels-Project-Planned_27786.html
June 30, 2010
DSM says it is starting to market a highly efficient process for generating biofuels from cellulosic materials including wood chips and agricultural residues. The technology features a...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/DSM-Introduces-2nd-Generation-Biofuels-Technology_27750.html
June 29, 2010
A World Economic Forum (WEF) report published today has identified that biorefineries could help mitigate against climate change and that they have the potential to infuse up to $230...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Biorefineries-Set-to-Infuse-$230-Billion-into-Global-Economy-Provide-9-percent-of-Chemicals-by-2020_27729.html
June 25, 2010
This Week on CW: BASF, the world's largest chemical company, has agreed to buy Cognis from its private equity owners for 3.1 billion euros. Cognis has leading positions the personal...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-June-25_27693.html
June 23, 2010
Total says it has agreed to acquire 17% of the equity of Amyris (Emeryville, CA), a biotech firm. Financial details were not disclosed. The firms say that under their agreement their...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Total-Buys-into-U-S-Biofuels-Start-up_27578.html
June 17, 2010
A group of researchers from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS; Sofia, Bulgaria) has devised a system for optimising bioethanol production from starch using a single reactor in...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Scientists-Optimize-Single-Reactor-Yeast-Process-for-Producing-Bioethanol-from-Starch_27489.html
June 15, 2010
Enzymes firm Novozymes (Copenhagen) and Lignol Energy (Burnaby, BC, Canada) say they have signed an R&D agreement to develop a commercially viable process for manufacturing biofuel...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Novozymes-and-Lignol-Sign-R-and-D-Deal-to-Make-Biofuel-from-Wood_27445.html
June 9, 2010
Start-ups in biomaterials, biofuels and sustainable chemistry are moving into a new phase, in which successfully scaling up production, finding partners, and generating revenues will...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Biomaterials-Start-Ups-Moving-to-a-New-Phase_27297.html
June 8, 2010
Virent Energy Systems (Madison, WI) has raised $46.4 million in a third funding round, including commitments from Shell and Cargill, the company announced today. Shell had first...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Biofuel-Firm-Raises-$46-Million-in-Third-Funding-Round_27287.html
May 27, 2010
Novozymes says it has entered into an agreement with Sinopec and grain and oil importer COFCO (Beijing) to build the largest demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in China....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Novozymes-Partners-in-Chinese-Cellulosic-Ethanol_27057.html
May 25, 2010
Patents pending that relate to techniques for generating synthetic cells could provide the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI; San Diego, CA) with a “monopoly” position on a...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Monopoly-Concerns-Over-Patents-for-J-Craig-Venter-Institutes-Synthetic-Cell-Technology-update_27001.html
May 25, 2010
The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI; San Diego, CA) says it has successfully created a synthetic bacterial cell using laboratory chemicals and knowledge relating to the manipulation of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Craig-Venter-Institute-Creates-First-Synthetic-Cell-Paves-Way-to-New-Wave-of-Biomaterials_27000.html
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