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Europe to Invest €3.8 Billion in the Biobased Economy

The European Commission proposed a €3.8 billion Public Private Partnership (PPP) on Biobased Industries, in order to accelerate the commercialization of biobased products in Europe. The European Commission will invest €1 billion and the industry €2....

Posted July 15, 2013    

Biofuels News: Aviation, Algae, and Production

Here are some big news items from the biofuel industry coming from KLM, Kior and Sapphire Energy.Let’s start with KLM, which announced on March 8 that it is now operating a weekly flight (Flight KL642) from New York to Amsterdam operated by a Boeing...

Posted March 22, 2013    

Innovation: New CO2-Based Plastics

So many news to post and so little time to do. The blog has earnings news from Solazyme and Amyris, updates from Cereplast, interview article from Ovation Biotech, updates on bio-adipic acid, and of course the weekly news roundup, and now this news...

Posted February 23, 2013    

Energy Use vs. Waste: The Quest for Bio-Polystyrene

I have this draft on bio-styrene for a couple of months now but has never been able to post it given that there are not many companies within the renewable chemicals industry developing plant-based styrene monomer alternatives.However, on February...

Posted February 18, 2013    

Biofuel Battle Heats Up

So I was watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, when I saw the Dodge Ram truck commercial “God Made a Farmer” and I thought about the recent 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards proposal by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Yes, my brain is weird, I...

Posted February 7, 2013    

2013: A validation year for industrial biotech

Speaking of the recent BIO Pacific Rim Industrial Biotechnology summit, my ex-boss kindly forward to me a recent report from investment firm Jefferies & Company on their key takeaways about several discussions coming from the conference.I need...

Posted October 24, 2012    

Waste-to-energy projects going strong

I am still working on the weekly news roundup but this news about waste-to-energy keep popping up on my email inbox so we might as well take a brief look and see what's going on in this sector.I have written an article on ICIS Chemical Business...

Posted August 8, 2012    

Codexis, Shell in fuel discussion

Codexis announced today that it is under exclusive discussion with Shell that would give Codexis certain rights and licenses to develop and sell their cellulase enzymes to third parties in the biofuels field on a worldwide basis except Brazil....

Posted July 17, 2012    

Gevo continues operation despite federal injunction

ICIS news reported* this morning that Gevo will continue to optimize its bio-isobutanol operations in Luverne, Minnesota, as previously planned amid today's injunction decision by the US Federal District Court of Delaware to limit Gevo's...

Posted June 14, 2012    

Is Shell still interested in cellulosic ethanol?

On Codexis' 8-K filing, the company said its cellulosic ethanol research collaboration between Iogen and Shell will now be terminated effective June 30, 2012.  The question here is Shell's commitment in cellulosic ethanol, and if Codexis...

Posted June 10, 2012    

Brazil's first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant

Cellulosic biomass technology developer GraalBio is planning to help build Brazil's biorefinery industry with a R$300m ($146m) investment of a new 22m gallons/year cellulosic ethanol plant to be constructed in Alagoas using sugarcane bagasse and...

Posted May 24, 2012    

Siemens develops ABS plastic alternative

Researchers at technology company Siemens have developed an alternative material to polystyrene-based acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plastic made from renewable-based polymers and carbon dioxide.The new material -- a result of a three-year...

Posted May 9, 2012