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Italian companies to collaborate in green production of levulinic acid

11:58 AM MST | February 17, 2015 | Michael Ravenscroft

Bio-on and Eridania Sadam, both headquartered at Bologna, Italy, have announced that they will work together on defining and optimizing the production of levulinic acid (4-oxopentanoic acid), a key molecule “for the sustainable and low-impact future of...


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Irena: renewable energy can fuel India's economic growth

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International Renewable Energy Agency reappoints director general

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Report: US could triple renewable energy by 2030

The United States could more than triple the level of renewable energy in its overall energy by 2030, according to a report published today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates). The level of renewables in the total mix...

Gevo hits isobutanol production target in December

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European Bioplastics: Market for bioplastics to grow 400% in 2013–18

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