November 9, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

A chockful of news last week mostly in the biofuels arena. Good thing the blog is not constrained with spaces! (unlike the magazine). Watch out next week for news from South America as my colleague Anna Jagger and other ICIS news editors cover the ongoing Latin American Petrochemical Annual Meeting (APLA). It will be interesting to hear updates about the region's renewable chemicals and biofuels initiatives.

For now here are this week's news roundup:

Myriant's Biosuccinic alliance
Biosuccinic developer Myriant Technologies has joined forces with Uhde for engineering, procurement and construction of Myriant's planned global scale biosuccinic acid plants. The company expects to begin commercialization of biobased succinic acid by second half of 2010.

Honeywell's bio-pyrolysis oil alliance
Italian power company Industria e Innovazione selected Honeywell's Envergent Technologies business for the development of a facility to convert biomass into pyrolysis oil for renewable power generation using Envergent's RTP® rapid thermal processing technology. The facility will convert a mix of pine forest residues and clean demolition wood into pyrolysis oil, a liquid biofuel.

... and China biofuel projects
Honeywell signed a memorandum of understanding with China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) where the two companies will collaborate on a range of biofuels technologies and projects in China.

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