Next week, I'll be covering the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) 101st annual meeting and expo in Phoenix, Arizona (I'll make sure to bring my passport just in case...). Follow my tweets at @ICISchemicalbiz and I'll also be filing for ICIS News (for those who have subscription).
So, what to expect from there? A lot ranging from food, nutrition, biofuels, industrial oils, surfactants, oilseeds, biotechnology, processing...but I will only focus mostly on lipid-based industrial chemicals development especially glycerine and soybean oil chemicals, also updates in biodiesel, as well as a little bit of sustainability in surfactants and detergents, and a dash of bioplastics and bio-based plasticizers...sounds good?
I hope so. For now here are this week's news roundup:
Elevance expands facility
Elevance Renewable Sciences has expanded its office and lab facilities in Bolingbrook, IL. The office has grown by 28% and the lab expansion includes the addition of 3 different sized parr vessels, glove boxes for air sensitive catalyst research and a pilot-scale laboratory unit. Elevance also completed its first toll production involving the conversion of a 40,000 pounds of renewable-based feedstock into specialty and commodity chemicals.
Petrobras in Portuegese biodiesel
Brazilian oil company Petrobras have joined Galp Energia to produce 250,000 tons/year of biodiesel in Portugal. Production is expected to start in 2015 and will be aimed to supply the European market, with priority to the Iberian market.
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