July 13, 2012

Weekly News Roundup

I'd better put this out before this list gets longer. Some of the news that the blog missed for the past two weeks....
Grace and Braskem in catalysts
W.R. Grace and Braskem have partnered on a multi-year collaboration to develop process technologies and catalyst solutions to produce green chemicals. The agreement is intended to advance the commercialization of a process to convert renewably sourced feedstocks into value-added products. Details and financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
hte AG partners with Elevance
hte - the high throughput experimentation company and Elevance Renewable Sciences are collaborating on the development of bio-based specialty lubricants. hte will use its in-house developed multifold high throughput autoclave testing unit.
Aemetis in buying spree
Aemetis has acquired Cilion, Inc., including a 55m gallon/year (mgy) ethanol production plant located in Keyes, CA. The acquisition advances Aemetis' plans to use the existing ethanol plant's infrastructure to create a biorefinery producing advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals in addition to ethanol and animal feed products. Third Eye Capital, Aemetis' existing senior lender, provided a $15m term loan and an $18m working capital financing facility to assist Aemetis in the acquisition and to provide ongoing working capital.
Cargill buys bio-lube biz
Cargill has purchased the global Envirotemp FR3 fluid business and brand from Cooper Power Systems, a subsidiary of Cooper Industries. Cargill currently manufactures the patented, FR3 renewable dielectric fluid made from vegetable oil that is used in a wide range of applications for transformers and other electrical equipment.
BASF sells marine biopolymers
BASF SE has sold its Chitosan marine biopolymers business to Norwegian company Seagarden ASA. The biopolymers are used in personal care products and as pharmaceutical ingredients. The Chitosan business includes a production site in Tromsoe, Norway.
BASF's eco-label database triples in size
BASF's SELECT™ (Sustainability, Eco-Labeling and Environmental Certification Tracking) Eco-Label Manager has nearly tripled in size to 270 programs up from 100 programs the previous year. The SELECT Eco-Label Manager is a database that manages the abundance of eco-labels, environmental claims, directories and ratings systems strategically by allowing users to search, analyze and compare these programs in a structured and consistent format.
Oakbio's biopolymer from cement plant
Oakbio successfully produce biodegradable bioplastic polymers in their bioreactor systems using inputs of cement plant flue gas and electricity. The technology uses bioreactors driven by non-toxic microbes to capture CO2 and convert it to a products directly from the plant's gas emissions. The carbon conversion process is said to yield over 50% bioplastics in microbe biomass by dry weight.
Cardia Bioplastic's packaging alliance
Cardia Bioplastics and rigid plastic packaging company, Alto Packaging, have formed a partnership to produce high performance packaging solutions, manufactured with Cardia's thermoplastic cornstarch resins. Cardia's Biohybrid™ resins combine renewable thermoplastics with oil-based polymer material.
Global Bioenergies opens US branch
Global Bioenergies has expanded its global business operations into the US, opening a branch facility in Ames, Iowa. The new operation will focus on Global Bioenergies' program for bioconversion of renewable resources into isobutene and other light olefins.
Codexis' carbon capture tech displayed
Codexis' pilot-scale demonstration of its carbon capture technology conducted at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Wilsonville, Alabama, shows that enzymes have promise to facilitate CO2 capture at coal-fired power plants. This is the largest scale that enzyme-based carbon capture technology has been demonstrated to date, with the equivalent daily capture rate of 1,800 average sized trees per day. Codexis developed this patented technology under a license granted by CO2 Solutions, Inc.
Cereplast partners with Albis Plastic
Cereplast has entered a distribution deal with Hamburg, Germany-based ALBIS PLASTIC GMBH to supply Cereplast bioplastic resins to the United Kingdom and Ireland. ALBIS PLASTIC will distribute both Cereplast Compostables® resins, with an emphasis on blown film grades and blow molding grades, as well as Cereplast Sustainables® resins, including the Cereplast Hybrid Resins® product line.
Global biogas market to reach $33bn
The biogas market reached $17.3bn in global revenue in 2011 and will nearly double by 2022, hitting $33.1 billion in that year, according to a new report from Pike Research. The market for biogas sits at the confluence of a number of forces, including increasing demand for distributed generation, tightening environmental regulations, and accelerating buildout of infrastructure for natural gas and for vehicles powered by natural gas.
And in ICIS News (requires subscription):
Bio-based polyethylene (PE) is projected to have the best opportunities for growth among bioplastics through 2016 because of lower prices with expanding production capacity, according to Cleveland-based industry research firm The Freedonia Group.
Singapore's Strategic Petroleum has built a new system capable of converting different types of waste materials into synthesis gas (syngas), which in turn can be used to produce power, methane gas or petrochemicals.
A US appellate court dismissed the legal challenge to federal regulation of greenhouse gases (GHG) filed by a broad coalition of industries and several states, saying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may rightly impose limits on such emissions.
The chemical industry has been at the forefront of the emerging green economy and without chemical businesses a green society cannot happen, the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) said.
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