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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
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
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