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April 3, 2012
Algae oils firm Solazyme (San Francisco) and Bunge say they have signed a definitive agreement to form a tailored oils joint venture at Bunge's Moema, Brazil facility. The site will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Bunge-Solazyme-Form-Triglycerides-JV_42452.html
March 29, 2012
Pacific Ethanol Columbia has agreed to use Mascoma’s (Lebanon, NH) MGT yeast at four ethanol facilities with a combined annual production capacity of 200 million gallons. The MGT...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/Mascoma-Granted-Supply-Contract-by-Pacific-Ethanol_42379.html
March 28, 2012
Myriant (Quincy, MA) says it is “immediately” initiating scale-up activities of biobased acrylic acid in order to ship kilogram-sized quantities for potential customers in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Myriant-Begins-Scaling-Biobased-Acrylic-Acid-Process_42351.html
March 27, 2012
Cobalt Technologies (Mountain View, CA) and Albemarle have been awarded a contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) for biobased jet fuel. Under the terms of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Navy-Taps-Cobalt-and-Albemarle-for-Biobased-Jet-Fuel_42340.html
March 27, 2012
BioAmber (Minneapolis) says it has produced multi-ton quantities of 1,4-butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF), and gamma-burtyrolactone  (GBL) from biobased succinic acid. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/BioAmber-Proves-Biobased-BDO-Production-at-Scale_42326.html
March 26, 2012
Source: Viridia Renewable technology firms Virent (Madison, WI) and Viridia (Redwood City, CA) say they have successfully converted cellulosic sugars from pine trees into hydrocarbons...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Virent-Viridia-Jet-Fuel-Passes-Key-Test_42295.html
March 20, 2012
Researchers from Japan and the U.S. have developed a proton-responsive ligand and a homogeneous iridium catalyst which together enable the controlled storage and release of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/gas_tol_iquids/Mimicking-Photosynthesis-Enables-Storage-and-Release-of-Hydrogen_42127.html
February 27, 2012
 Arkema says it has entered into a global partnership for the development and production of renewable specialty polymers with Elevance Renewable Sciences (Bolingbrook, IL)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Arkema-and-Elevance-Partner-to-Develop-Biopolymers_41601.html
February 23, 2012
Codexis’ interim CEO Peter Strumph , speaking at Jefferies’ Clean Technology conference today in New York, took the opportunity to dispel rumors circulating following the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Codexis-Interim-CEO-Management-and-Partnerships-Remain-Solid_41570.html
February 21, 2012
Challenges ramping up production have forced Amyris (Emeryville, CA) to reevalutate strategy and scale back ambitious 2012 production targets for biobased farnesene. The company will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/Humbled-Amyris-Scales-Back-Expansion-Plans-for-2012_41436.html
February 21, 2012
Biobutanol Scale-up: Butamax operates a $50- million demonstration plant at Hull, U.K. While recent biofuels headlines have been dominated by cellulosic ethanol, a biofuels producer...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Butamax-Leads-Way-for-Biobutanol-Blendstock-Retrofit-Model-a-Winner_41437.html
February 21, 2012
Codexis CEO Alan Shaw resigned from his long-standing position at the enzyme developer to “pursue other interests,” sending stock prices 16% lower, to $3.81/share. Shaw has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Codexis-CEO-Resigns_41509.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/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Butamax-Says-it-is-Leading-the-Way-for-Biobutanol-Blendstock_41123.html
February 6, 2012
BASF has started up a 60,000 m.t./year sodium methylate plant at Guaratingueta, Brazil, the company says. BASF invested “low-double digit million euros” in the plant, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biodiesel/BASF-Starts-Up-Sodium-Methylate-Plant-in-Brazil_41037.html
January 26, 2012
ZeaChem (Lakewood, CO) says it has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive a $232.5 million loan guarantee toward construction of ZeaChem’s first...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/ZeaChem-Secures-Funding-for-Oregon-Biorefinery_40859.html
January 26, 2012
Renewable chemicals firm Genomatica (San Diego) says it has obtained exclusive worldwide rights to Beta Renewables’ (Scrivia, Italy) technology to convert biomass to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Genomatica-Advances-Second-Generation-Biobased-BDO-with-M-and-G_40736.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/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/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/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/U-K-Spin-out-Firm-to-Generate-BioButanol-from-Whiskey-Byproduct_40714.html
January 25, 2012
Isobutanol maker Gevo (Englewood, CO) says it has been granted patents covering separation technology used in the production of isobutanol and filed patent infringement suits against...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Gevo-Files-Additional-Patent-Infringement-Charges-Against-Butamax_40737.html
January 25, 2012
Showa Denko says it has selected Myriant (Quincy, MA) to supply biobased succinic acid for its polybutylene succinate (PBS) production. The deal endorses Myriant’s low-cost...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Showa-Denko-Chooses-Myriant-to-Supply-Succinic-Acid-for-PBS-Efforts_40755.html
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