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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 »

They (Ontario) got the beets

Yes, I’m listening to the Go-Go’s (I’m an 80s baby after all) while writing this up. A farmer cooperative called the Ontario Innovative Sugarbeet Processors Cooperative (OISPC) has been formed led by the positive results of a techno-economic modeling study commissioned by the Ontario Sugarbeet Growers’ Association (OSGA) in collaboration with its partners, the Bio-Industrial … Continue reading »

Metabolix, NC State on advanced crop techs

Metabolix might be out of the PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) business now but we will still monitor this company from time to time as it expands its agbiotech business (and hopefully future feedstock for chemical application). This news announced the partnership of Metabolix and North Carolina State University for a worldwide, exclusive license agreement in advanced crop … Continue reading »

Sustainable Sourcing of Feedstocks for Bioplastics

Bio-based chemicals and materials producer, Corbion, has released a white paper outlining the company’s position on feedstock selection, as well as covering issues such as land use, feedstock efficiency and food security. The paper was presented in September at the company’s PLA feedstock workshop reportedly attended by some 70 companies throughout the value chain. Corbion … Continue reading »

Cellulosic sugar coming soon to a market near you

I am now working on my Biomaterials newsletter deadline at Tecnon OrbiChem so I’m copying this press release word for word: Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative (CSPC) has initiated an equity campaign to develop a corn stover and wheat straw to dextrose supply chain in southwestern Ontario. CSPC will engage with growers in the region to … Continue reading »

JetBlue to use renewable jet fuel

JetBlue recently announced a ten-year purchase agreement with bioenergy company, SG Preston, for the purchase of renewable jet fuel produced from hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA). For those who are unfamiliar with this type of fuel, it is mostly based on hydrotreated fats and oils comparable to Neste’s renewable fuel product. According to the … Continue reading »

LanzaTech produces jet fuel via low carbon ethanol

The blog does not usually reports as much on biofuels but it has been awhile since we last posted about activities from LanzaTech. The company recently announced that it has produced the world’s first jet fuel (around 1,500 gallons)  based on LanzaTech’s CO-to-ethanol fermentation process. The jet fuel reportedly passed all initial performance tests with … Continue reading »

Enerkem’s waste-to-methanol plant now ISCC certified

Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada. The biorefinery is said to be the first ISCC certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol. Enerkem already … Continue reading »

DOE releases initial 2016 Biomass report

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has rolled out the first volume of its 2016 Billion-Ton biomass report looking into the potential for US to sustainably produce at least one billion dry tons of non-food biomass resources annually by 2040. This is the third … Continue reading »

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