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August 18, 2008
BP says it has entered into a partnership with biofuel startup Verenium (Cambridge, MA), under which BP will pay Verenium $90 million for access to the company’s cellulosic...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/BP-and-Verenium-Form-Biofuel-Alliance_13627.html
August 18, 2008
‘I’d like to see the chemical industry doing less defending and supporting of old chemicals.’ As head of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Achim Steiner...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/The-5-Minute-Interview-Achim-Steiner_13669.html
August 12, 2008
U.K. government body the Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA; St. Leonards-on-Sea, U.K.) in its first monthly report on the supply of biofuels in the U.K. has identified that between mid-April...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Only-19-percent-of-U-K-Biofuels-Meet-Environmental-Standard_13549.html
August 7, 2008
BP says it has entered into a partnership with Verenium (Cambridge, MA) for the development and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. During the first 18 months of the alliance, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/BP-Forms-Cellulosic-Ethanol-Alliance-with-Verenium_13510.html
July 23, 2008
DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, a 50-50 joint venture between DuPont and Danisco's Genencor, has chosen Vonore, TN as the site to build its previously announced cellulosic ethanol...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/DuPont-Genencor-JV-Selects-Tennessee-for-Cellulosic-Ethanol-Pilot-Plant_13188.html
July 22, 2008
Rising gasoline prices and green-conscious consumers have forced the global automotive industry to rethink its power train, setting the stage for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to emerge as the enabling technology for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). From the current base of nearly zero, sales of lithium for HEV batteries are expected to exceed $500 million by 2015, analysts say. Rockwood Holdings, Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM), and FMC, the largest lithium producers worldwide, are poised to benefit from this new high-volume application....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Lithium-Charging-Up-the-Hybrids_13115.html
July 17, 2008
Shell says it has increased its ownership of biofuels technology firm Iogen Energy (Ottawa) to 50%, up from 26.5%, as part of a strategy to accelerate its program to manufacture...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Shell-Beefs-Up-Position-in-Next-Generation-Biofuel_13051.html
July 16, 2008
Dow Chemical says it has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL; Golden, CO) to jointly develop and evaluate the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Dow-and-NREL-to-Jointly-Evaluate-Biomass-to-Ethanol-Process_13044.html
July 7, 2008
A group of scientists at Texas A&M (College Station, TX) have developed an economically viable process to produce cellulase—the enzyme used to breakdown biomass for biofuel...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Producing-Biomass-Enzymes-in-Crops_12861.html
June 27, 2008
Ethanol producer Greenfield Ethanol (Toronto) and biofuels technology company Enerkem (Montréal) have selected Edmonton to build a previously announced facility to manufacture...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/GreenField-Ethanol-and-Enerkem-Select-Edmonton-for-Waste-to-Biofuels_12701.html
June 17, 2008
The European Commission says the European Union (EU) is in “pole position” to develop fuel cells powered by hydrogen after recently creating a public-private joint...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/-Claims-Pole-Position-on-Hydrogen-Fuel-Cells_12453.html
June 11, 2008
Global Energy Trading Company (Getco; Fort Lauderdale, FL) says it has begun buying up “large tracts of land in Colombia and Peru” on which to grow jatropha, a weed-like...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Plans-Underway-for-First-Commercial-Oil-Crop-from-Jatropha_12375.html
June 6, 2008
The European Commission says the European Union (EU) is in “pole position” to develop fuel cells powered by hydrogen after this week creating a public-private joint...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/EU-Claims-Pole-Position-on-Hydrogen-Fuel-Cells_12342.html
May 23, 2008
Allegro Biodiesel (Los Angeles, CA) has signed a letter of intent to sell its biodiesel venture Vanguard Synfuels, which operates a 12-million gal/year biodiesel plant at Pollock, LA...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Allegro-to-Sell-Biodiesel-Plant-Amid-Unfavorable-Economics_12071.html
May 20, 2008
DuPont and Danisco’s Genencor unit have formed a 50-50 joint venture to commercialize low-cost technology for cellulosic ethanol production. The companies say the venture, called...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/DuPont-Genencor-Form-JV-to-Produce-Cellulosic-Ethanol_11968.html
May 20, 2008
Republican Senators have asked EPA to repeal rules that require a five-fold increase in ethanol production during the next 15 years. Rising food prices prompted 24 lawmakers to ask EPA...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/EPA-Asked-to-Repeal-Ethanol-Requirements_12004.html
May 14, 2008
Industrial biotech start-up Metabolic Explorer (Clermont-Ferrand, France) this week disclosed that it has successfully produced initial samples of 1,3-propanediol (PDO) generated from...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Metabolic-Explorer-Breaks-New-Ground-with-Bio-Route-to-PDO_11900.html
May 1, 2008
The Linde Group and Waste Management (Houston) have formed a joint venture to build a $15.5-million liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility to convert landfill gas into liquid fuel at...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Linde-Forms-Landfill-Gas-to-Fuel-JV_11709.html
April 28, 2008
BioMethanol Chemie Nederland (BioMCN; Delfzijl, the Netherlands) has started up a 20,000-m.t./year pilot facility at Delfzijl that uses by-product glycerin from biodiesel production to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Biomethanol-Pilot-Facility-Starts-up_11609.html
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