March 5, 2012

Biofuel News Roundup

Compilation of biofuel news that came up within the past few weeks ...

Zeachem bags Itochu investment
Japan-based Itochu Corporation has acquired shares in Zeachem and the companies have teamed up to acquire partners in Japan as well as in the US to expand Zeachem's technology worldwide. The two companies plan to create a new business through project investment and development in the bioethanol and renewable chemicals sectors.

...and gets $12m USDA contract
ZeaChem has successfully completed contract negotiations to receive $12m of the total $40 million grant from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Regional Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP). The USDA project will establish regional systems for the sustainable production of bioenergy and bio-based products. Zeachem will implement the AFRI project at its existing 250,000 gal/year integrated demonstration biorefinery, located at the Port of Morrow, near Boardman, Ore.

Shell builds pilot plant using Virent tech
Royal Dutch Shell has built a next generation biofuels pilot plant at Shell’s Westhollow Technology Center in Houston, USA, to produce drop-in biofuels using a thermo-catalytic process technology licensed from its commercial partner Virent, which is similar to the process being used at the Virent pilot plant in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The Westhollow plant will use a range of feedstocks, starting with sugars and with the completion of an expansion currently under way, non-food cellulosic alternatives to produce a range of products, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

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