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Chemical Industry Weekly Innovation Round-up, March 17

9:16 AM MDT | March 17, 2011 | Alex Scott

Major petrochemical companies are starting to make serious moves into the markets for biomaterials and biofuels. In an interesting R&D initiative, Total Petrochemicals, IFP Energies and its subsidiary Axens have formed an alliance to develop a new technology for the production of bio-ethylene by hydration of ethanol. The new technology, based on Total Petrochemicals' proprietary catalyst, will result in "a competitive production of bio-ethylene from renewable resources with lower energy consumption and lower CO2 emissions," Total says.   In...

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