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Map of European Biorefineries

Cologne-based nova-Institute conducted a comprehensive survey of all European biorefineries in summer 2017. The project was done on behalf of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). For this purpose, a large number of sources were evaluated and an online survey was carried out, during which biorefineries could register themselves. Eventually, 224 biorefineries were identified and mapped … Continue reading »

Biofuture Platform launched

Ministers and high-level representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Paraguay, Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Uruguay gathered together on November 16, 2017, in Bonn, Germany, and have decided to join efforts in a new government-led, multi-stakeholder Biofuture Platform designed to promote international coordination on advanced … Continue reading »

Plaxica sells technology portfolio

Hello blog readers! After 2 months of hiatus (and recovering from health problems), I am hoping to slowly get back to writing and let me start with this news from UK-based industrial biotechnology company, Plaxica, which recently announced the sale of its two technology business, its Xylex® cellulosic sugar technology and Versalac® lactic acid process … Continue reading »

Anellotech starts Bio-BTX pilot production tests

Bio-aromatics technology developer, Anellotech, along with its engineering partner, IFPEN/Axens, announced late last month that it has completed a successful continuous performance test of the TCat-8 pilot plant as part of unit commissioning in Silsbee, Texas. The test involved continuous injection of MinFree(tm) woody biomass feedstock and production of BTX and other chemical by-products. The … Continue reading »

Global Bioenergies inaugurates bio-isobutene demo plant

Global Bioenergies, a publicly-listed renewable chemical company at Euronext stock exchange, inaugurated this month its new bio-isobutene demonstration plant in Leuna (Germany). As far as I know, Global Bioenergies is the only company currently producing sugar-based isobutene, a chemical building block that can be converted into fuel, plastics, organic glass, elastomers, etc. Gevo was once … Continue reading »

Spreading BIO news at APIC 2017

Hello from Sapporo, Japan, as I cover and gave a presentation (along with my Tecnon OrbiChem colleagues) at the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) being held this week. Covering bio-related matters for most of my career, I am still navigating the petrochemical industry and most of the time, it is difficult to get meetings and … Continue reading »

Dutch biomass sugar partnership formed

More cellulosic sugar partnerships are taking place, and this one is in Europe. Avantium announced a partnership with AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer for the development of a reference biorefinery plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl, which will be based on a new technology that has been developed by Avantium. This Zambezi process aims … Continue reading »

Increase on Asian production capacities for bio-based chemicals, building blocks and polymers

I usually shy away from posting market studies and reports on bio-based chemicals because a) there are a lot of inflated figures being reported in the big world wide web; and b) it is frowned upon since I’m working for a consulting firm myself. However, nova Institute is a well-established, well-known expert in reporting about biopolymers … Continue reading »

Pilot Plant Demonstrates the Potential to Co-Process Biomass Streams with Petroleum

It’s Saturday and I am still working on my Biomaterials newsletter (poor me!) but I just want to post this press release from the US DOE as I find this technology very interesting. Cut and paste story below: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with leading petroleum refining technologies supplier W.R. Grace, and leading … Continue reading »

Bio-based polyamides update

I’ve been always monitoring activities from the bio-polyamides sector as I consider the nylon industry a high-potential area for bio-based chemicals. Here’s a slide from a presentation I gave early this year featuring various building blocks and intermediates required to produce a certain polyamide. The green arrows indicate current R&D/commercial production for bio-based alternatives. But of course, … Continue reading »

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