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Velocys signs for alliance with Morimatsu to drive down GTL-BTL plant deployment costs

January 19, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Velocys (Oxford, United Kingdom), a technology innovator for smaller-scale, gas-to-liquids (GTL), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Morimatsu Jiangsu Heavy Industry, a subsidiary of Morimatsu Industry (Motosu, Japan), establishing an...

ExxonMobil extends algae biofuel research agreement with Synthethic Genomics

January 18, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Synthetic Genomics (La Jolla, California) and ExxonMobil have extended their agreement to carry out joint research into advanced algae biofuels. The agreement continues to focus on Synthetic Genomics’ core strengths in synthetic biology and builds on...

US researchers use shellfish proteins and PLA to create biodegradable adhesive

January 18, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Researchers at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) have combined the bonding chemistry of mussel proteins with polylactic acid (PLA). The biodegradable adhesive was created by harnessing the chemistry of compounds called catechols contained in L-DOPA...

Irena and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development announce funding for renewable energy projects

January 16, 2017 | Michael Ravenscroft

The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) have announced funding of $44.5 million for renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa. The announcement was...

Avantium acquires US-based electrochemical process company

January 13, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Avantium (Amsterdam, Netherlands) has acquired the assets of Liquid Light (Monmouth Junction, New Jersey),  a developer of electrochemical processes. Liquid Light has invested more than $35 million to develop proprietary low-energy electrochemistry...

Japanese brewer provides technology for cassava-pulp-based bioethanol facility in Thailand

January 11, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Brewer Sapporo Holdings (Tokyo, Japan) will provide the technology to produce 60 million liters of bioethanol annually in Thailand starting in 2020, the company says. A newly formed joint venture between PTG Energy (Bangkok, Thailand) and starch producer...

Neste launches biodiesel made 100% from waste

January 9, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Neste (Espoo, Finland) has launched a renewable diesel made entirely from waste and residues, enabling up to 90% lower greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of the fuel compared with conventional diesel, the company says. The product is based on...

Toray, Mitsui Sugar form JV in Thailand to develop cellulosic sugar manufacturing

January 5, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Toray Industries (Tokyo, Japan) has decided to establish Cellulosic Biomass Technology, a joint venture (JV) with Mitsui Sugar Co. (Tokyo). The JV will seek business opportunities for a cellulosic-sugar manufacturing system based on surplus bagasse generated...

Amyris appoints CFO

January 5, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Amyris (Emeryville, California) has appointed Kathleen Valiasek CFO, effective immediately. She replaces Raffi Asadorian, who has resigned to pursue a new opportunity, but will continue to support specific projects and serve in an ad-hoc consulting capacity...

Petrobras closes separate divestment agreements for PTA-PET and ethanol assets

January 3, 2017 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), has closed two divestment agreements. Alpek (Monterrey, Mexico) will acquire Petrobras's Companhia Petroquímica de Pernambuco (Petroquímica Suape; Ipojuca, Brazil) and Companhia Integrada Têxtil de Pernambuco (Cipete; Recife, Brazil)....

Linde brings six ASUs onstream in China

January 3, 2017 | Jing Chen

Linde has brought six major air separation units (ASU) onstream for Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group in Lingwu in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of northwestern China. Linde was awarded the contract to build the units in February 2013. Each of the six...

Amyris restructures near-term debt maturities

December 29, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Biobased farnesene producer Amyris (Emeryville, California) says it has agreed with affiliates of Fidelity Management and Research to exchange $15.3 million of 3% notes due March 2017 into Amyris’s existing 9.5% notes due April 2019. With the effect of...

Bradam Group acquires Elementa, steam-reforming process for city waste

December 29, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Bradam Group (Fort Myers, Florida) has acquired the assets of Elementa Group (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada), including Elementa’s environmentally friendly steam-reforming process (SRP), including patents for the process in 24 countries. The SRP converts...

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