I'm here in Boston for this week's Biobased Chemicals East conference. Hopefully, I'll have internet connection to tweet some info via @ICISchemicalbiz and #ICIS hashtag. Stay tune!
For now here are this week's news roundup. Biofuel seems to be the theme in last week's news.
Record-high ethanol output
US ethanol production reached an all-time high in June 2010 while ethanol demand also hit a record level, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Ethanol production in June was 854,000 barrels/day (b/d), up from 846,000 b/d from May and more than 160,000 b/d higher than June 2009. Ethanol demand also reached an all-time high of 857,000 b/d, up from 721,000 b/d one year ago, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.
W.R. Grace bags biofuel grant
W. R. Grace & Co. will receive up to $3.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop technologies for thermochemical conversion of biomass to advanced biofuels that are compatible with existing fueling infrastructure. The technologies will upgrade bio-oils into gasoline, diesel and jet fuels using a specialized catalytic reactor designed to resist corrosion and extend catalyst lifetime.
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