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Cabot wins $6-million activated carbon contract
Cabot announced today that it has signed a $6-million contract with an unspecified northern US power generator to provide its Darco Hg brand of activated carbon products to help the company meet stringent federal regulations for mercury emissions in the United States, the company says. The contract runs...

DuPont breaks ground on $200-million cellulosic ethanol plant
Slated for completion in mid-2014, the facility is expected to produce 30 million gal/yr of bioethanol from corn stover, a capital investment of about $7/gal....

Edeniq Starts Ethanol
Edeniq (Visalia, CA) says it has started operations at a corn-to-cellulosic migration (CCM) pilot biorefinery at its headquarters at Visalia, CA. The plant has the capacity to convert two dry tons/day of feedstock into cellulosic sugars and 50,000 gal/year cellulosic...

U.K. Allocates $97 Million to CCS in Emerging Markets
The U.K. government plans to invest £60 million ($97 million) to support the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies in emerging markets. The move follows a recommendation by the Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUS) Action Group, a group comprised of representatives from...

SusChem to Align with EU's $108 Billion Innovation Program
The European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem), a joint program between Cefic, and several other European chemistry organizations, is reviewing its structure and strategy with the aim of aligning itself more closely toward the EU’s long term innovation and R&D goals. In...

Electroactive Polymers: The New Buzz at Bayer
Think of Bayer and you might envisage materials that go into ski goggles (Makrolon polycarbonate), agchems (pesticides), or inventions such as polyurethane and the iconic aspirin (salicylic acid). The company’s next big success could be in electroactive polymers (EAPs) – a family of polymers...

U.S. Synthetic Biology Technique Triples Biodiesel Yield
A technique developed by researchers from the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI; San Francisco Bay Area, CA), is able to optimise the performance of microbes to generate a target molecule while they are still in a bioreactor. In tests, the technique tripled the yield from microbes designed to generate...

Avantium and Danone Agree to Develop Bio-PEF Bottles
Avantium (Amsterdam), a catalyst technology firm, and Danone, have agreed to jointly develop bottles made from bio-polyethylene furanoate (PEF). The partnership will use Avantium’s YXY low-cost catalyst technology for converting carbohydrates into furanics Furanics are a group of building block...

Mimicking Photosynthesis Enables Storage and Release of Hydrogen
Researchers from Japan and the U.S. have developed a proton-responsive ligand and a homogeneous iridium catalyst which together enable the controlled storage and release of hydrogen. The approach mimics the conversion of CO2 to sugar by green plants for energy storage during photosynthesis.The ligand...

Rivertop Scales up Bioglucarate Process to Pilot Scale
Rivertop Renewables (Missoula, MT), a biotech start-up, says it has successfully scaled-up its patented bioprocess for making the building block chemical glucarate from the lab to pilot manufacturing. Rivertop contracted out the pilot scale production to fine and specialty chemical contract manufacturer...












 
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