Novozymes says “Goodbye” to coal and oil in Kalundborg

Novozymes Headquarter

As HRH The Crown Prince of Denmark cuts the ribbon to inaugurate the new biomass based block at the Asnæs Power Station, all energy to Novozymes in Kalundborg comes from other sources than oil and coal.

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Clariant and Chemtex joined forces in China

Mercedes-Benz fleet at Clariant´s sunliquid® demonstration plant for production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues.;

Clariant’s Business Line Biofuels and Derivatives announced on August 15 during a joint presentation at the 7thAsia-Pacific Biomass Utilization Summit in Guangzhou that a strategic partnership has been formed with Chemtex Global Corporation for the realization of second-generation biofuel projects. Under the partnership, the two parties will collaborate to market and sell Clariant’s sunliquid®technology licenses, as well as services and supplies for advanced biofuel plants in China.

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IFIB 2020 will be both digital and physical. In Rome, on October 1-2

Fountain of Trevi

Rome is the world capital of the bioeconomy. The International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (IFIB) will be held in the Eternal City this year at the WeGil Congress Center. And in this Covid-19 era, it will be both physical and digital.

With more than 300 delegates in attendance from approximately 25 different countries from all around the world (only 100 will be hosted at the Congress Center, the other attendants could follow the forum through Webex Cisco), the conference truly succeeds one more time in its ambitions aim to be one of the leading bioeconomy event at global level. Continue reading

Amyris and IDRI signed a binding term sheet for a planned Covid-19 RNA vaccine technology

John Melo, President and Ceo of Amyris

Amyris, Inc., a leading synthetic biotechnology company in Clean Health and Beauty markets and IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) signed a binding term sheet for a planned COVID-19 RNA (ribonucleic acid) vaccine technology program. The program combines IDRI’s expertise in combating infectious diseases with Amyris’ fermentation platform technology, with the goal to create semi-synthetic squalene-based adjuvants at scale.

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Stora Enso and Helsinki Olympic Stadium go green by promoting renewable materials

Helsinki, Finland

Stora Enso and Helsinki Olympic Stadium signed a partnership agreement to develop low-carbon, eco-friendly operations at the stadium by promoting the use of renewable materials and circular economy solutions. Stora Enso explores reusing products as well as recycling used materials to give high-quality wood fibers a second life in new products that will be available at the stadium for different services and operations.

Stora Enso and Helsinki Olympic Stadium share the aim of promoting the use of renewable materials in customer and food service packaging to reduce the climate impact of stadium operations. In addition, the aim is to ensure that materials get recycled to a high degree. Packaging made of renewable materials has a high recycling rate throughout Europe and it typically has a low carbon footprint that is further reduced when recycled. Continue reading

An interview with Cyrille Pauthenier, Ceo of French biotech company Abolis

Cyrille Pauthenier

“At Union level, the European Green Deal is surely a clear and strong signal to many industries, and this will help our clients to gain further competing edges vs parties that still struggle to understand the benefit of implementing biosynthesis into their processes as tool to increase their competitiveness and sustainability.” To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Cyrille Pauthenier, Ceo and co-founder of Abolis, an industrial biotech company located in France. Pauthenier is graduated from École Normale Supérieure de Paris where he studied fundamental chemistry and biology. In 2011, he specialized in synthetic biology. In 2014, after obtaining his Ph.D., Cyrille co-founded Abolis, with the aim of using biology to accelerate the ecological transition of chemical industry.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Renewable Energy Group joined forces with Hunt & Sons to make Northern California greener

Sacramento Temple

Renewable Energy Group (REG) entered into an agreement with Hunt & Sons, Inc. to supply REG Ultra Clean at 12 locations in Northern California. REG Ultra Clean blends biodiesel and renewable diesel. The patent-pending combination delivers both biodiesel’s excellent lubricity and renewable diesel’s high Cetane and low Cloud Point in a 100% renewable fuel.

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Manufacturers of biomass-derived chemicals created a new sector group within the Cefic

Daniele Ferrari, President of Cefic. Courtesy of Versalis

In response to the growing importance of bio-based renewable raw materials, manufacturers of biomass-derived chemicals created a new sector group within the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic): Biomass-derived Chemicals Europe (BioChem Europe). The group represents companies using feedstocks based on biomass as their raw materials to produce chemicals.

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New German study: compostable biowaste bags are not a threat for the quality of compost

The Witzenhausen institute and the University of Bayreuth released a study proving that compostable biowaste bags are not a threat for the quality of compost. This field study shows that compostable bags are a suitable option for organic waste collection by completely disintegrating and reducing the plastic contamination.

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Stora Enso and Cordenka joined forces to develop precursor for bio-based carbon fiber

Markus Mannström. Courtesy of Stora Enso

Stora Enso and Cordenka, the leading producer of premium quality industrial rayon based in Germany, are developing precursors for bio-based carbon fiber, both driven by the need for high performance carbon fiber in transportation, construction and power generation.
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