Haldor Topsoe will build a plant to produce sustainable methanol from biogas

Haldor Topsoe will build a 10 kg/hour methanol plant to demonstrate the company’s electrified and extremely compact eSMR Methanol™ technology for cost-competitive production of sustainable methanol from biogas. The eSMR Methanol™ technology exploits the full carbon potential of biogas by utilizing the 40% CO2 content which is routinely separated and vented today. The technology heats the process using green electricity from wind turbines or solar panels instead of natural gas.

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Anellotech’s MinFree™ technology demonstrated to reduce the mineral content of loblolly pine

David Sudolsky

Anellotech’s MinFree™ technology, an innovative, patent pending biomass pretreatment process has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the mineral (ash) content of loblolly pine at a 20 metric ton/day scale.  Month-long trials converting this MinFree™-treated, low-mineral pine into aromatics (BTX) at Anellotech’s Bio-TCat™ process TCat-8® pilot plant showed extended, economic catalyst life.

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BP Ventures has made an investment of $30 million in alternative protein producer Calysta

BP Ventures has made an investment of $30 million in Calysta, Inc., an alternative protein producer, that will use BP’s natural gas to produce protein for fish, livestock and pet feeds.

The investment supports BP’s strategy of creating new markets in which gas can play a material role in delivering a more sustainable future and establishing a strategic relationship between BP and California-based start-up Calysta around gas and power supply.

Calysta’s proprietary gas fermentation technology produces FeedKind® protein, a sustainable feedstock that can be used for fish, livestock and pet nutritional products. The innovative process has the potential to help meet the growing demand for feed in the aquaculture and wider agriculture markets without some of the environmental impacts of current sourcing methods. Continue reading

Finnish Bioeconomy takes a step forward with KaiCell Fibers

Jukka Kantola

Finnish bioeconomy takes a step forward. KaiCell Fibers Ltd is led to the stage that preparation for construction can get started. Environment permit is in the authority evaluation, mill site is contracted, and coding is getting ready, big share of the wood supply is pre-contracted, technical preparations are well advanced and industrial partners have readiness to join in.

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Italian-U.S. partnership in the bioeconomy: RE-CORD and NREL signed a MoU

Crescentino Plant View: 2G biofuels biorefinery

The Italian Renewable Energy Consortium for Research and Demonstration (RE-CORD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory for coordination on thermochemical conversion of biomass for the production of biofuels and chemicals.

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LyondellBasell and Neste started the first parallel production of bio-based polypropylene

The Maasvlakte, Netherlands, plant is one of three facilities that LyondellBasell operates in the Rotterdam port area. It is the largest PO/SM plant in the world where propylene oxide (PO) and styrene monomer (SM) are produced based on the company’s unique PO/SM technology.

LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, and Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel from waste and residues,  jointly started the first parallel production of bio-based polypropylene and bio-based low-density polyethylene at a commercial scale.

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Novozymes inaugurated its new Innovation Campus in Denmark

Novozymes Headquarter

Novozymes inaugurated its new Innovation Campus in Lyngby, 13 kilometers north of Copenhagen and seven kilometers from its headquarters in Bagsværd. With the location near the Technical University of Denmark, it is Novozymes’ ambition to create a global hub for biotech research.

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All Nippon Airways signed an agreement with LanzaTech to be carbon smart

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, signed an offtake agreement with Illinois-based LanzaTech that will allow the company to purchase sustainable aviation fuel, a significant step in ANA’s efforts to minimize its environmental impact and meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is not the first time that ANA has utilized sustainable aviation fuel, and the current agreement targets 2021 for the delivery of the sustainable aviation fuel making ANA a leader in putting its green principles into practice.

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ExxonMobil progresses growth plans and efforts to advance lower emissions technologies

Seaweed

ExxonMobil is progressing growth plans to substantially increase earnings and cash flow potential while researching technology breakthroughs to reduce emissions, Chairman and CEO Darren Woods told shareholders during the company’s annual meeting.

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Avantium will update the market on its strategy and technologies

Marcel Lubben, CEO of Synvina

Last Thursday Avantium hosted a Technology & Markets Day at its headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company will update the market on Avantium’s strategy and technologies, in particular that of the Synvina business unit and the commercialization of PEF, a 100% renewable and fully recyclable polymer.

Avantium develops novel technologies based on renewable carbon sources as an alternative to fossil- based chemicals and plastics. Next to developing and commercializing renewable chemistry technologies, the company also provides advanced catalysis R&D services and systems to customers in the refinery and chemical industries. The company currently has three technologies at pilot and demonstration phase. Continue reading