March 19, 2014

Dyson explores biopolymer use

Like other premium brands (and Dyson products are definitely expensive), British vacuum manufacturer Dyson is exploring the use of biopolymers for their products and they seem to be enthusiastic about it (see the video below).

Dyson has been working with the University of Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing, and the Centre for Process Innovation under a UK-funded project by the Technology Strategy Board. The work carried out will assess the high level economic and technical feasibility of using biopolymers in a closed loop process, which may ultimately improve the ability to recycle consumer products.

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March 14, 2014

Minnesota bill for renewable chems incentives

The blog just saw this article from Biomass magazine about a pending Minnesota bill aiming to create incentives for commercial production of renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels and biomass.

The bill H.F. 2456, introduced on February 27 in the Minnesota House of Representatives, aims to create a capital equipment loan program for renewable chemical and advanced biofuel; incentive program to create and establish production for both industries as well as for biomass production; and appropriate money for these programs.

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March 3, 2014

Malaysia palm activities updates

Hello from a hazy/cloudy Kuala Lumpur where the palm and lauric oils industry congregates for this year's annual conference. This is my first time attending this event, where most of the presentations will start tomorrow. I will tweet some of them via @Dgreenblogger using #POC2014.

In the meantime, as I take my break in between meetings, here are some updates on bio-based chemicals and fuels activities in Malaysia.

I've previously reported about planned renewable chemicals capacity investments in Asia coming from France-based METabolic EXplorer, Glycos Biotechnologies, Verdezyne and Genomatica (among others). There are also several biorefineries that are being explored mostly concerning biofuels production using palm biomass.

Last year, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) announced that MyBiomass Sdn Bhd, a unit of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), plans to commence production of its industrial bio-refinery plant in Johor by end-2016 with a groundbreaking scheduled in the fourth quarter this year.