February 15, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

I just had my first major vacation in more than a year and what I found is that you can't really mix work with pleasure. So here I am trying to catch up with the blog after finishing up my green investment article (watch out for that on ICIS Chemical Business' March 1 issue!).

Here are last week's news roundup. There might be more for Tuesday as soon as I can surf the web for additional news.

Verenium and BP partnership
Verenium and BP are looking to extend their cellulosic ethanol development partnership with a multi-year collaboration program. Their joint development program established in August 2008 expired on February 1.

LS9 facility acquisition
LS9 bought an existing production facility in Okeechobee, Florida, to be retrofitted to accommodate LS9's one-step fermentation process that converts renewable raw materials into low-cost, low carbon transportation fuels and chemicals. The facility will produce 50,000-100,000 gallons of UltraClean Diesel by late-2010.

...and production breakthrough
Researchers from LS9, the University of California at Berkeley, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have developed a microbe that can produce an advanced biofuel directly from cellulosic biomass in a one-step process. This enables the production of advanced hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals in a single fermentation process that does not require additional chemical transformations.

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