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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
April 25, 2008
BP says it will acquire a 50% stake in Tropical BioEnergia, a jv between Santelisa Vale Bioenergia (Sertaozinho, Brazil) and Maeda Group (Goiás, Brazil), for approximately Rs100...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/BP-Takes-50-percent-Stake-in-Brazilian-Biofuels-JV_11569.html
April 25, 2008
Renewable energy technology company Coskata (Warrenville, IL) says it has started construction of a previously announced 40,000-gal/year demonstration facility for the production of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Coskata-Breaks-Ground-on-Syngas-to-Ethanol-Facility_11565.html
April 21, 2008
Evonik Industries says it will allocate up to €2 billion ($3.2 billion) for energy-related projects through 2010 in its three businesses, chemicals, energy, and real estate...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Evonik-Pledges-&euro2-billion-$3-2-billion-for-Energy-Program_11496.html
April 15, 2008
BioMethanol Chemie Nederland (BioMCN; Delfzijl, The Netherlands) says it has successfully started up its 20,000-m.t./year pilot facility, which uses the by-product glycerine from...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/BioMCN-Starts-Up-Glycerine-to-Methanol-Pilot_11386.html
April 8, 2008
Biotech firm Verenium (Cambridge, MA) says it has opened a next-generation cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant at Jennings, LA. Unlike standard biofuel technology the new facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Verenium-Starts-Up-Pilot-for-Cellulosic-Ethanol_11302.html
April 1, 2008
Renewable energy technology company Coskata (Warrenville, IL) says it has developed a process to make ethanol from practically any renewable source, including household garbage, plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Coskata-Makes-Ethanol-from-Garbage-and-Used-Tires_11157.html
April 1, 2008
Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) have genetically engineered e. coli to produce high-octane biofuels, including isobutanol and other branched-chain...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Simple-Bugs-Churn-Out-Next-Gen-Biofuels_11158.html
March 24, 2008
Biofuels have received much attention over the past year as researchers look for solutions to skyrocketing gasoline prices, threats to energy security, and ever-increasing pressure to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Biofuels_10393.html
March 21, 2008
Bayer says it will spend €1 billion ($1.48 billion) on R&D projects between 2008 and 2010 that are directed toward solving global warming. The new R&D strategy is part of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Bayer-to-Spend-&euro1-Billion-$1-5-Billion-on-Climate-Change-Related-R-and-D_9043.html
March 21, 2008
BP says it has signed a series of agreements to expand its business in China. The agreements include the commercialization of clean coal conversion technologies, wind power generation...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/BP-Signs-Deals-in-China-Builds-New-Acetic-Acid-Plant_9856.html
March 4, 2008
Using gasification followed by bacteria-based fermentation, Coskata's process produces ethanol from almost any renewable source, including garbage, plant waste, and even old tires....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Coskata-Unveils-Feedstock-Flexible-Ethanol-Process_10692.html
March 3, 2008
Use of hydrogen could reduce oil consumption in road transportation fuels by 40% in the European Union (EU) by 2050, says a recent report from a major EU research program. The EU could...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Hydrogen-Use-to-Cut-EU-Oil-Demand_10620.html
February 25, 2008
BP and DuPont say they have expanded their 50-50 biofuels joint venture to include high-octane butanol. The jv initially focused on 1-butanol, a straight-chain alcohol. The companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/BP-and-DuPont-Expand-Biofuels-Pact_10512.html
February 21, 2008
The chair of the House Science Committee, Bart Gordon, has asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate DOE's recent decision to essentially pull the plug on...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Lawmakers-Ask-GAO-to-Investigate-FutureGen_10459.html
February 19, 2008
Scrutiny over biofuels is intensifying as it becomes clear that they are not the cure-all for curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and diversifying energy supply, as this...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Biofuels-No-Silver-Bullet_10357.html
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