Biobased and Renewable Products News: Industry Developments

May 17, 2013
Enerkem
Enerkem has announced that the Canadian government will contribute $1.1 million for a three-year research project beginning this summer to develop new catalytic processes to convert waste to "drop-in" biofuels. The three-year project will be conducted at Enerkem's research and development pilot facility in Sherbrooke, ... read more >
May 9, 2013
Virent delivers jet fuel to Air Force for testing
Virent, a Madison, Wisconsin, based biofuels company, has announced that the Company has delivered 100 gallons of its demonstration drop-in jet fuel to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for testing to determine whether the fuel meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications for jet fuel. Early in 2011, President Obama announced an initiative to help encourage and facilitate the development and commercialization of U.S. advanced drop-in biofuels for military and commercial use. Virent used funding awarded to the Company in 2011 by the Federal Aviation ... read more >
May 9, 2013
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company LLC
Earlier this week, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company LLC announced that it has partnered with RML, Inc. to develop a new line of alternative preservatives for use in the cosmetics and personal care market. The new line is called PolyGuard. According to the press release, which is available online, PolyGuard features the proprietary ingredient Zemea® propanediol, a "natural, 100 percent bio-based ingredient made from corn sugar through fermentation and developed for use in the cosmetics and personal care ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Rennovia Demonstrates 100% Biobased Nylon
Renewable chemical company, Rennovia, has announced that it has successfully demonstrated production of renewable hexamethylenediamine (HMD). This renewable HMD, combined with the company's renewable adipic acid, has allowed Renovia to make for the first time a 100% renewable nylon, Nylon-6,6. Nylon-6,6 is used to make consumer goods, including shoes, carpeting, tires, and certain car ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Toray Announces Demonstration Of Biobased PBT
Tokyo-based chemicals and plastics company, Toray Industries, has announced that it has successfully demonstrated a partially biobased polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) using Genomatica Inc.'s biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO). The company reports that testing shows that the partial biobased PBT has properties equivalent to PBT made from petroleum-based BDO. PBT is used to make electrical connectors and plugs, car parts, and keyboard caps, among other ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Canergy To Build Cellulosic Plant In California
Advanced biofuels company Canergy recently announced that it will use Chemtex and Beta Renewables to develop a new cellulosic biofuels facility in California. Construction is set to begin in the first quarter of 2014 and come online in 2016. The facility is expected to produce 25 million gallons per ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Biofuels Investments Down In 2012
The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report in April, "Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race?," announcing that investments in biofuels projects declined by 47% from 2011 to ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Cereplast
Bioplastics company Cereplast has reported that it has been receiving orders for the manufacture of single use bags as part of efforts by the Supreme Court and the Central Pollution Control Board in India to reduce the country's plastic ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Metabolix Announcement
Renewable energy company Metabolix announced that its researchers will present new data in Cincinnati this week at the ANTEC Conference "showing that its biobased PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) copolymers significantly improve the mechanical, performance and environmental characteristics of the commercially significant polymers polylactide (PLA) and polyvinyl chloride ... read more >
April 12, 2013
Department of Energy Developments
Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee Hears From Energy Pick On April 9, 2013, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, led by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), held a confirmation hearing on President Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Ernest Moniz. Moniz began his career in 1973 and since that time has alternated between positions as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the U.S. Department of Energy. He faced tough questions on his stated support for an "all of the above" energy policy and natural gas. Moniz ... read more >
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