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May 25, 2011
China is accelerating its shift to coal-derived chemicals to offset its growing dependence on oil imports. The country is on track to significantly hike its coal-to-chemical and fuel...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/gas_tol_iquids/China-Accelerates-and-Deepens-Coal-to-Chemical-Activities_35025.html
May 24, 2011
Endicott Biofuels (EBF; Houston) and Holly Biofuels (Dallas, TX) say they have formed a jv to build and operate a 30-million gallon/year biorefinery at Port Arthur, TX. The facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biodiesel/Endicott-Holly-Partner-for-Port-Arthur-Biorefinery_35013.html
May 23, 2011
Süd-Chemie will award John B. Goodenough, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the University of Texas (Austin), with its inaugural innovation prize, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/Sud-Chemie-Recognizes-Developments-in-Next-Generation-Lithium-Batteries_35006.html
May 16, 2011
Celanese raised its earnings targets for 2013, citing growth in new products and geographic expansion. Adjusted earnings will be at least $6/share in 2013 with sustained earnings...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/Celanese-Lifts-Long-term-Targets-and-Outlines-Industrial-Ethanol-Impact_34830.html
May 16, 2011
Opportunities in biobased succinic acid topped the agenda at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO; Washington) World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/BIO-2011-Conference-Highlights-Succinic-Acid_34825.html
May 16, 2011
DSM, and starch and starch derivatives company Roquette Frères (Lestrem, France), have announced plans to build a commercial-scale plant to produce bio-based succinic acid, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/DSM-and-Roquette-Build-Commercial-Scale-Bio-Based-Succinic-Acid-Plant_34775.html
April 28, 2011
Mitsubishi Chemical is studying working with Genomatica on a biobased butanediol joint venture. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (not to be confused with Mitsubishi Chemical) and two...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/Weekly-Innovation-News-Round-Up-April-28_34458.html
April 28, 2011
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and its partners, Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Co., and Kansai Chemical Engineering Co., have completed work to develop technology to produce ethanol for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/MHI-and-Partners-Complete-Work-on-Cellulosic-Bioethanol-Process_34429.html
April 18, 2011
The Aditya Birla Group (Mumbai) says it has acquired Domsjö Fabriker (Örnsköldsvik, Sweden), a specialty pulp and biorefinery company, for $340 million from a Swedish...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Aditya-Birla-Acquires-Swedish-Specialty-Pulp-and-Biorefinery-Company-for-$340-Million_34241.html
April 12, 2011
Mossi & Ghisolfi Group (M&G; Tortona, Italy), the world’s largest producer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for packaging applications, says today it is conducting a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/Italian-Firm-Starts-Building-Commercial-scale-Cellulosic-Ethanol-Plant-update_34061.html
April 12, 2011
Biomaterials start-up Rivertop Renewables (Missoula, MT) has been awarded a $3.5 million grant to expand the company’s existing chemistry laboratories and build a semi-works...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Rivertop-Secures-Grant-to-Build-Semi-Works-Expand-Labs_34064.html
April 1, 2011
Start-ups and corporations developing biomaterials have a distinctly higher chance of success if they use social networking systems to collaborate, according to a report by market...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biodiesel/Social-Networking-Boosts-Success-of-Biomaterial-Firms_33901.html
March 31, 2011
President Obama, in an address at Georgetown University (Washington, DC) has set out a goal of cutting U.S. imports of oil one third by 2025 and increasing support for other energy...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biodiesel/Obama-Backs-Advanced-Biofuels-Shale-Gas-as-Part-of-Future-Energy-Package_33868.html
March 29, 2011
Evonik Industries says it has completed basic engineering for a 60,000-m.t./year biodiesel catalysts plant, which it plans to build at Puerto General San Martin, Argentina...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biodiesel/Evonik-Builds-Biodiesel-Catalysts-Plant-in-Argentina_33796.html
March 11, 2011
BP has agreed to pay $680 million to acquire 83%  of the shares of Companhia Nacional de Açúcar e Álcool (CNAA; Sao Paulo) from Açúcar e...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/BP-Buys-Brazilian-Ethanol-and-Sugar-Producer-Expands-Biofuels-Business_33370.html
March 9, 2011
Total signed a framework agreement today with the government of the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia, China and with China Power Investment Corp. (CPI; Beijing) for a previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/coal_to_liquids/Total-Signs-Framework-Accord-for-Coal-to-Olefins-JV-in-China_33308.html
March 8, 2011
Monsanto says it will make an undisclosed equity investment in algae-based research firm Sapphire Energy (San Diego), and the two firms will jointly use Sapphire’s technology platform to discover genes in algae that could be used to improve yield and stress tolerance in agriculture crops....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biodiesel/Monsanto-Invests-in-Algae_33258.html
February 8, 2011
The U.K. government, via its Technology Strategy Board (TSB), has agreed to fund feasibility studies for 10 industrial biotechnology projects that aim to convert biomaterials into high...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/U-K-Part-funds-10-Early-stage-Biotech-Projects_32681.html
January 24, 2011
Enzymes technology company Novozymes (Copenhagen) says its 2010 Ebit increased 25% to DK 2.1 billion ($382 million) on sales up 15% to DK 9.7 billion. Overall demand was high in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/bioethanol/Novozymes-Sales-and-Profits-Grow-Strongly-in-2010_32352.html
January 24, 2011
Chempolis (Oulu, Finland), a development company focusing on non-wood and non-food process technologies, has signed a frame agreement with Henan Yinge Industrial Investment Co. (Luohe...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/alternative_fuels/biorefineries/Chempolis-Forms-Biorefinery-Joint-Venture-in-China_32348.html
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