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BASF, Cargill and Novozymes advance with biobased acrylic acid manufacture

9:49 AM MDT | September 15, 2014 | Natasha Alperowicz

Cargill and Novozymes today announced a new milestone in their joint development of technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. They have demonstrated the conversion of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP) to glacial acrylic acid and...


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CO2-to-chemicals start-up closes $15-million financing round

Liquid Light (Monmouth Junction, NJ) says it has closed a $15-million B-series financing round with new investors, including Sustainable Conversion Ventures (Sun Lakes, AZ), which focuses on renewable fuels and chemicals investments. Existing investors...

EU-funded research identifies 30 plant molecules that could substitute synthetic ingredients

Researchers have identified 30 promising molecules as part of the European Union-funded Agrocos project, which is prospecting the plant world for natural substitutes to synthetic ingredients currently used in cosmetics and in crop protection products such as...

Finnish pulp company plans demo unit for Virdia's cellulosic sugar platform

Stora Enso, a Helsinki-based forestry products company, says it will invest €32 million ($43 million) facility at Raceland, LA, for demonstration and market development of Virdia’s (Danville, IA) extraction and separation technology for converting...

POET-DSM commissions cellulosic ethanol plant

Project Liberty. POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels (Sioux Falls, SD), a joint venture between Royal DSM and POET, has opened Project Liberty, its world-scale cellulosic ethanol plant at Emmetsburg, IA. Project Liberty will process 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves...

Nova to expand applications center

Nova Chemicals has begun the expansion of its Centre for Performance Applications at Calgary, AB, the company announced on 25 August. Nova says that the facility, formerly known as the Nova Chemicals Technical Centre, will “serve as a hub for collaborating with customers on the development of higher-value products and applications.”...

Aramco becomes equity investor in technology firm Siluria, studying project

Siluria Technologies (San Francisco) announced today that Saudi Aramco's venture investment subsidiary has become an equity investor in Siluria, a pioneer in commercial production of fuels and chemicals from natural gas. Siluria has announced the...

Germany's chemical R&D budget soars past €10 billion

The combined research budget of Germany's chemical industry soared to a record €10.5 bilion ($14.0 billion) in 2013, more than 8% higher than in the previous year, industry association VCI (Frankfurt) says. Andreas Kreimeyer, chairman of VCI's committee...

DuPont plans $35-million soybean research facility

DuPont Pioneer today announced plans to build a $35-million soybean research facility at its Stine Haskell Research Center at Newark, DE. The nearly 134,000 square foot facility will include two state-of-the-art automated greenhouses and is expected to be...

Haldor Topsoe closing subsidiary because of sales, earnings drops

Haldor Topsoe today announced plans to close a fuel cell subsidiary that focuses on developing and commercializing components and technology for high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Haldor Topsøe, as part of the planned closure, will put...

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