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July 4, 2013
Researchers from the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT; Laskut) have found that a biomass- to-liquid (BtL) process using lignocellulosic biomass can be used in the production...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Finnish-researchers-discover-gasification-process-to-produce-biofuels-from-forest-residues_53392.html
July 4, 2013
Green Biologics (Abingdon, UK), an industrial biotechnology company, and Easy Energy Systems (Welcome, MN), a producer of cellulosic ethanol from waste paper, have entered into an...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Green-Biologics-Easy-Energy-Systems-to-produce-biobased-n-butanol-and-acetone_53385.html
July 4, 2013
The Qualifying Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Act of 2013 has been introduced in the United States. The new legislation reduces taxes for US producers of renewable chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/US-renewable-chemical-production-tax-credit-introduced-by-new-legislation_53387.html
July 4, 2013
An element of the European Commission's previously reported proposal to reduce the environmental impact of biofuels could ultimately cause higher greenhouse gas emissions, according to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Oleochemical-industry-urges-EU-against-animal-fats-double-counting-as-renewable-content-in-transport-fuels_53362.html
July 3, 2013
Ava Biochem (Muttenz, Switzerland) has begun operation of the first industrial plant for production of sustainable 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF), the company announced. The first...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Ava-Biochem-starts-production-at-first-sustainable-5-HMF-plant_53365.html
July 3, 2013
BASF, Cargill and Novozymes today announced the successful production of biobased acrylic acid at pilot scale. The production run is an important milestone in a joint development...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/BASF-Novozymes-and-Cargill-announce-biobased-acrylic-acid-milestone_53367.html
July 2, 2013
The Department of Energy (DOE; Washington, DC) announced 4 R&D projects to bring next-generation biofuels to market faster and drive down the cost of producing fuels from biomass....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/US-Energy-Department-announces-funding-for-4-projects-to-speed-development-of-biofuels_53336.html
June 27, 2013
Researchers from McGill University, (Montreal), The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN; Wako, Japan) and the Institute for Molecular Science (Okazaki, Japan) have...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Canadian-and-Japanese-researchers-discover-environmentally-friendly-hydrogenation-process_53177.html
June 27, 2013
Energy company Abengoa (Seville, Spain), has inaugurated a waste-to-biofuels (W2B) demonstration plant, the company has announced. The plant has capacity to treat 25,000 m.t./year of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Abengoa-inaugurates-waste-to-biofuel-pilot-plant-in-Spain_53172.html
June 25, 2013
ACC has released its chemical activity barometer (CAB) for May, showing continued US economic growth. The CAB increased 0.3% over May on a 3-month moving average basis—the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sustainability/ACC-economic-indicator-survey-forecasts-continued-US-growth_53108.html
June 25, 2013
Novozymes says it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire TJ Technologies, a Watertown, SD–based provider of microbial and micronutrient products that enhance plant growth...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Novozymes-acquires-TJ-Technologies_53111.html
June 24, 2013
Renewable oils firm Solazyme (San Francisco) announced today that its food ingredients joint venture with starch firm Roquette Frères, Solazyme Roquette Nutritionals, will be...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Solazyme-and-Roquette-Freres-dissolve-food-ingredients-JV_53076.html
June 21, 2013
Solvay is investing in the adipic acid production line at its Chalampé, France site, the company announced today. The investment will result in a further improvement in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Solvay-invests-to-improve-efficiency-at-adipic-acid-plant-in-France_53039.html
June 20, 2013
The European Parliament's environment committee today voted in favor of setting mandatory targets to boost the use of second-generation biofuels, the parliament says. Second-generation...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/European-Parliament-votes-for-mandatory-targets-to-boost-second-generation-biofuels_52963.html
June 17, 2013
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) chemical engineers have devised a cheaper way to synthesize gamma-valerolactone (GVL)—a potential feedstock of interest...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/MIT-researchers-devise-cost-efficient-process-to-produce-biosourced-GVL_52860.html
June 13, 2013
Forest (Helsinki) has awarded a €5-million ($6.7 million) contract to Technip for the front-end engineering design (FEED) of a new, second-generation biomass-to-liquid (BTL) plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/Technip-awarded-biomass-to-liquids-plant-contract-in-Finland_52797.html
June 12, 2013
ACC says the US Chemical Production Regional Index slipped 0.1% in April, following a downward revision of 0.5% in March. On a 3-month moving average basis, manufacturing output gained...
http://www.chemweek.com/sustainability/ACC-Chemical-production-slips-in-April_52796.html
June 11, 2013
UPM (Helsinki) and cellulosic sugar start-up Renmatix (King of Prussia, PA) have entered into a nonexclusive joint development agreement in the area of biochemicals, the companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/UPM-and-Renmatix-sign-biochemicals-development-agreement_52746.html
June 10, 2013
Cool Planet Energy Systems (Camarillo, CA) says it closed on $29.9 million of its anticipated $100-million D-series financing that will fund construction of the company's first...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/sustainability/US-firm-raises-funds-for-construction-of-commercial-biomass-fractionating-biorefinery_52718.html
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