Total Corbion PLA launched its operations to produce and market Poly Lactic Acid polymers

total-corbionTotal Corbion PLA yesterday officially launched its operations to produce and market Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) polymers. PLA is a biobased and biodegradable polymer made from annually renewable resources. As announced by parent companies Total and Corbion last November, the new company is a 50/50 joint venture based in the Netherlands.

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Bio-on and Sadam Group launch a shared project to produce bio-levulinic acid

Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on
Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on

Two Italian companies, Bio-on and Sadam Group, has begun working on a project to develop innovative industrial processes, at competitive cost and with low environmental impact, to produce levulinic acid, a key element of the sustainable chemical industry of the future.

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Comet completed a round of equity financing led by PM Equity Partner

cometComet Biorefining, the Canadian company focused on the production of high-purity cellulosic dextrose, completed a round of equity financing led by new investor PM Equity Partner. Current investor Sofinnova Partners and new investor Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) also participated in the financing, whose terms were not disclosed.

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Novozymes launches an enzyme that adds nearly $1 million per year in revenue for a plant

Novozymes Headquarter
Novozymes Headquarter

Novozymes launched the Spirizyme® T Portfolio, an advanced suite of glucoamylase enzymes with trehalase and other yield enhancing activities that provide the most total sugar conversion in the industry. Trehalase is an enzyme that converts trehalose, a type of sugar that cannot be fermented to ethanol, to glucose, which is easily fermentable.

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Poet-Dsm will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing facility in Iowa

Headquarter of Royal DSM in Heerlen (The Netherlands)
Headquarter of Royal DSM in Heerlen (The Netherlands)

Poet-Dsm Advanced Biofuels, a 50/50 joint venture between Royal Dsm and Poet, Llc. Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals.

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Pacific Ethanol and Edeniq entered into a technology licensing and purchase agreement

Neil Koehler, president and CEO Ethanol Pacific, at the company's plant in Stockton
Neil Koehler, president and CEO Pacific Ethanol, at the company’s plant in Stockton (USA)

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, and Edeniq, Inc., a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, entered into a technology licensing and purchase agreement to enable the production of cellulosic ethanol at Pacific Ethanol’s Madera, California, plant using Edeniq’s Pathway and Cellunator™ Technologies.

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Versalis–Genomatica biobutadiene awarded in Hannover

Daniele Ferrari, Ceo of Versalis-Eni
Daniele Ferrari, Ceo of Versalis-Eni

The bio-butadiene (bio-BDE) technology developed by Versalis (Eni) in partnership with Genomatica has been named winner of the Environmental Achievement of the Year within the “Tire Technology International Awards for Excellence and Innovation”, the European independent award program for the tire industry.

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Avantium and AkzoNobel to develop a reference plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl

Avantium's pilot plant in the Nerherlands
Avantium’s pilot plant in the Nerherlands

Avantium, a leading chemical technology company and forerunner in renewable chemistry, partnered with AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer for the development of a reference plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl. This important step marks the next stage of a collaborative effort to determine the feasibility of a wood to chemicals biorefinery in Delfzijl.

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Covestro: first biobased railcar coating tested

Source: www.covestro.com
Source: http://www.covestro.com

Polish railway vehicle manufacturer Newag SA coated two diesel locomotives with a paint based on renewable resources. Lankwitzer Lackfabrik of Berlin supplied the coating, which it developed in close collaboration with Covestro using the biobased coating hardener Desmodur® eco N 7300.

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Trump creates uncertainty for investments of Finnish Neste in U.S. biofuels

neste renew dieselFinnish oil refiner Neste is considering investing in U.S. production of biofuels in a move seen as a response to possible policy changes by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

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