June 15, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is back and really apologize for the very sparse blog. Last week was a heck of a week and glad that was over.

So what's new? Aside from finishing up a bioplastic article and a biomass-to-chemicals development interview from a University of California San Francisco professor (all of them I will hopefully post soon), I also attended one of Dow Corning's one-day worldwide press conference (one is from New York). My biopesticide article is also out right now but I will post several never-before-seen Q&A's just for the blog. I'm also getting info on BIO's roundtable discussion on industrial biotech.

Yep, that was half of my week last week so stay tune for them! For now, here are this week's news roundup:

Lyondell starts Bio-ETBE

LyondellBasell's project to produce bio-ETBE at its Channelview, Texas, plant is on schedule to start up in the fourth quarter 2009. Bio-ETBE is a high performance gasoline blending component composed of ethanol produced from biomass and natural gas liquids.

Investors for HCL CleanTech

US Venture Capital funds Burrill & Company and Khosla Ventures have invested in HCL CleanTech, a US company and its Israeli subsidiary founded by Prof. Avram Baniel, Prof. Ari Eyal and Eran Baniel. HCL CleanTech has developed a cost-efficient technology of converting lignocellulosic biomass to fermentable sugars.

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