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Covestro develops bio-based aniline

I’ve written a more comprehensive analysis of Covestro’s development of bio-based aniline at Tecnon OrbiChem’s September Biomaterials issue. According to Covestro, about 5m tons/year of petro-based aniline is produced worldwide and the company is a leading producer with a capacity of about 1m tons/year, for use largely as a precursor for rigid polyurethane foam.  Covestro … Continue reading »

VIDEO: Arkema celebrates 70 years of Rilsan PA11

Hello blog readers. It is unbelievable that the second half of the year is almost upon us and 2017 actually marks the 10-year anniversary of the Green Chemicals Blog (late September 2017 to be exact). It has certainly been through some ups and downs riding in the wave of the renewable chemicals market and my … 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 »

VIDEO: Croda prepares for bio-EO surfactants production

I’m so bummed that I was unable to attend the World Surfactants conference, which was recently held in New Jersey, but hopefully I’ll be able to get some presentation materials to peruse through. In the meantime, here’s a nice video from Croda released last month as it celebrated its $170 million ECO Project, which included … 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 »

Video: BASF, Avantium discuss the potential of FDCA

Avantium’s Tom van Aken and Stefan Blank, President of BASF’s Intermediates Division, discuss their cooperation regarding the production of a new and bio based raw material using furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). Their Synvina joint venture aims to start construction of an FDCA reference plant by the end of 2018, with sales of FDCA and PEF (polyethylene furanoate) expected … Continue reading »

DSM, Evonik form Veramaris algae-based omega-3 fatty acids JV

Royal DSM has long been in the microalgae oil business after it acquired Martek Biosciences in 2010 for a whopping $1 billion (see my old article on this link). The company has been pretty quiet when it comes to announcements within this business but I guess this is about to change (watch out Terravia!). DSM … Continue reading »

Dell now uses ocean plastics in computer packaging

Dell announced the first shipment of ocean plastics packaging for its Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 resulting from its commercial-scale pilot program where the company collected and recycles plastics from waterways and beaches for use in packaging tray. In 2017, the pilot program collected 16,000 pounds of plastic from entering the ocean. (Wouldn’t it also be wonderful if these plastics … 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 »

VIDEO: Novamont introduces bio-BDO

Last year, Novamont started the world’s first commercial bio-1,4 butanediol (BDO) production in the world. Here’s a video briefly explaining in simple terms what BDO is about and how bio-BDO is processed.

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