Biobased and Renewable Products News: Industry Developments

July 11, 2013
MASBI Issues Report On Opportunity For Aviation Biofuels
The Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI) has issued a report demonstrating the opportunity for a Midwest aviation biofuels industry and making recommendations to help its success. The report is available online. MASBI is a coalition managed by Oliver Wyman and led by a Steering Committee that includes United Airlines, Boeing, the Chicago Department of Aviation, the Clean Energy Trust, and Honeywell's UOP. The report resulted from a year-long study and concluded that the use of more advanced biofuels developed in the Midwest can lead to significant energy and ... read more >
July 11, 2013
Green Biologics Teams Up With Easy Energy Systems
United Kingdom company Green Biologics, which focuses on n-butanol, has entered into an agreement with Easy Energy Systems to convert Easy Energy Systems' ethanol demonstration plant located in Emmetsburg, Iowa, to produce renewable n-butanol and acetone. This arrangement will further the renewable chemicals industry, as renewable n-butanol is used for the production of paints, coatings, inks, plastics, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, household cleaners, and personal care ... read more >
June 27, 2013
DOD Awards Funding For Advanced Biofuels Project
Last week, in a win for the biofuels industry, the Department of Defense (DOD) awarded $4.1 million to Red Rock Biofuels LLC as part of its joint $510 million initiative with the Departments of Agriculture and Energy to help facilitate the commercialization of U.S. advanced drop-in biofuels for military and commercial use. This latest award signifies that DOD is moving forward with its biofuels goals despite strong opposition on Capitol Hill and recent remarks by the new Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressing his hesitance to spend money on it in the midst of mandated budget cuts. As ... read more >
June 27, 2013
DuPont Announces Greater Focus On Biobased Feedstocks
DuPont announced this week that it intends for over half of its plastics portfolio to be made from renewable feedstocks within the next 15 years. Reportedly, DuPont is working to make chemical monomers for plastics, including nylon from carbon-based resources. Since DuPont is one of the world's leading chemical companies, this announcement is significant and demonstrates the increasing importance of and demand for renewable chemicals and biobased ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Solazyme And Roquette Dissolve Joint Venture
On June 24, 2013, Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson announced that the company is ending its joint venture with French food producer Roquette. In 2010, the two companies entered into a joint venture for the development and commercialization of algae-based oils as replacements for food ingredients, including eggs and butter. Solazyme has been engineering algae to produce oil for food, biofuels, and cosmetics. The company announced that it would continue to produce algae-based oils for food production as part of its joint ventures with Brazilian based Bunge Ltd. and Archer Daniels ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Study On Renewable Chemicals
According to a new study, the renewable chemicals industry could reach $83.4 billion by 2018. The report by market research company MarketsandMarkets, "Renewable Chemicals Market – Alcohols (Ethanol, Methanol), Biopolymers (Starch, PLA, PHA, Polyethylene and Others), Platform Chemicals and Others – Global Trends and Forecasts to 2018," expects the growth to come from the continued rise in oil prices, drive for greener feedstocks, and low production cost of renewable chemicals. For instance, there is an increasing demand for greener plastics from the food packaging ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Siemens And LanzaTech Team Up On Biofuels
LanzaTech and the metal division of Siemens have announced that they have entered into a ten-year marketing and development agreement. LanzaTech will work to produce biofuels from steel emissions. LanzaTech, based in Illinois, uses microbes to convert waste gases from any source of carbon monoxide into fuels and chemicals. Converting steel industry emissions into fuels could help reduce harmful air emissions, as iron and steel emissions make up approximately 6.7 percent of the world's carbon ... read more >
June 6, 2013
Avantium And ALPLA Team Up On Biobased PET Bottles
Renewable chemicals company Avantium announced this week that it has entered into an agreement with ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH to develop bottles made from biobased polyethylene furanoate (PEF). These bottles will serve as an alternative to bottles made from PET. The companies intend to bring them to market by 2016. The bottles will replace traditional bottles made from PET and used for cosmetics, detergents, certain foods, and eventually beer and other ... read more >
May 30, 2013
Alternative Fuels Americas Focuses On Jatropha As A Biodiesel Feedstock
Alternative Fuels Americas has successfully completed trials for Jatropha trees as a feedstock for biodiesel. The company operates a plantation in Costa Rica with 40,000 acres of Jatropha trees. Now that the trial phase is complete, the company intends to expand the use of Jatropha as a biodiesel feedstock to commercial ... read more >
May 30, 2013
U.S. Department Of Defense Funds Biofuels Projects
Last week, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it has awarded $16 million in contracts as part of the joint initiative among the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and the Navy to help facilitate the development and commercialization of U.S. advanced drop-in biofuels for military and commercial use. The contracts have been awarded to the following three U.S. companies that are planning to build biorefineries to produce drop-in biofuels: Emerald Biofuels of Golf, IL; Natures BioReserve of South Sioux City, NE; and, Fulcrom Brighton Biofuels of Pleasanton, CA. Together, the ... read more >
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