August 26, 2011

Weekly News Roundup

As soon as I came back, earthquake hits the East Coast on Tuesday and a big hurricane is heading towards here as well. I think this is a sign that I need more vacation...Stay safe for those who live in the East Coast!

Several big news came up last week while I was out and I was able to post some of them such as Genomatica's IPO filing, Amyris' capacity expansion and continued Gevo-Butamax patent fight saga. The US government also announced last week its intent to invest $510m in the next 3 years to produce advanced biofuels to power military and commercial transportation. More of this as well as several big biofuel news (including Petrobras' ethanol investment announcement) in another post.

Meanwhile, here are this week's news roundup compiled within the past 14 days:

LanzaTech, Harsco on waste-based ethanol
New Zealand-based LanzaTech formed an alliance with US industrial company Harsco to promote LanzaTech's technology of reusing steel mill flue gases into fuel grade ethanol. The companies will present the technology to Harsco's major steel mill customers and explore potential business relationships for installing and operating commercial facilities worldwide.

GlycosBio in algae collaboration
Glycos Biotechnologies and Solix BioSystems have demonstrated potential conversion of Solix's algae oil into ethanol using GlycosBio's biocatalysts. The companies planned to convert the algae oil into other higher value chemicals. GlycosBio's current target is production of bio-derived isoprene.

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