BASF and bse Engineering join forces to use excess of current and CO2 as a raw material

    Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen

The chemical giant BASF and bse Engineering have signed an exclusive joint development agreement for BASF to provide custom made catalysts for a new chemical energy storage process. This process will enable economically viable transformation of excess current and off-gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into the chemical energy storage methanol in small-scale, delocalized production units.

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Christophe Schilling talks to Il Bioeconomista. An exclusive interview with the CEO of Genomatica

Christophe Schilling, CEO of Genomatica during his speech at the Grand Opening of Mater Biotech's plant in Bottrighe di Adria, Italy
Christophe Schilling, CEO of Genomatica, at the Grand Opening of Mater Biotech’s plant in Bottrighe di Adria, Italy

“Biotech is becoming increasingly important to the mainstream chemical industry as the demand for more sustainable solutions intensifies. Biotech is especially well-suited to help with some of the industry’s biggest challenges”. To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Christophe Schilling, founder and CEO of Genomatica, a widely-recognized bioengineering leader for the chemical industry. The San Diego-based biotechnology company develops and licenses bio-based manufacturing processes for the production of intermediate and basic chemicals.

Since being named CEO in May 2009, Christophe Schilling has led Genomatica to widespread recognition as a leader in industrial biotechnology, with a commercialized first process, top-tier licensees, strong investors and an unrivaled string of awards for engineering (Kirkpatrick), science (EPA Presidential Green Chemistry), industry leadership (voted #1 Hottest three years in a row by Biofuels Digest), and company culture (The Scientist as a Best Place to Work). Schilling frequently speaks on industry trends at major conferences and serves as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Biotechnology.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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BASF and Avantium establish a new joint venture called Synvina

Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen
Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen

BASF and the Dutch leading chemical technology company Avantium yesterday announced that they have established a joint venture (JV) called Synvina for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) produced from renewable resources (fructose from plants as feedstock rather than conventional oil derivatives), as well as marketing of polyethylenefuranoate (PEF), based on this new chemical building block.

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Basf and Linde complete pilot project at National Carbon Capture Center in Alabama

Linde AG Head Office, Munich, Germany Exterior of Carl von Linde Haus, Klosterhofstrasse 1
Linde AG Head Office, Munich, Germany
Exterior of Carl von Linde Haus, Klosterhofstrasse 1

German chemical colossus Basf and The Linde Group, one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, successfully completed a joint pilot project to improve capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gas at a coal fired power plant at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC). The NCCC is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research facility managed and operated by Southern Company, in Wilsonville, Alabama. Since January 2015, the project operated a pilot plant under a cooperative agreement with DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Based on the successful completion, Basf and Linde will begin larger-scale testing and explore commercial opportunities.

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BASF and Avantium together for biobased films and plastic bottles

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Kurt Bock, Ceo of BASF

The German chemical giant BASF and the Dutch leading chemical technology company Avantium today announced that they have signed a letter of intent and entered into exclusive negotiations to establish a joint venture (JV) for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) produced from renewable resources, as well as marketing of polyethylenefuranoate (PEF), based on this new chemical building block.

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BASF and Genomatica expand license agreement for bio-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO)

Kurt Bock, Ceo of BASF
Kurt Bock, Ceo of BASF

BASF and Genomatica have expanded the scope of their license agreement for the production of 1,4-butanediol based on renewable feedstock (renewable BDO) using Genomatica’s patented process. The parties added certain countries in Southeast Asia to their initial agreement, which focused on North America.

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We will have bio-based ski boots, skates and shoe soles

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Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen

“The bio-based PolyTHF 1000 is identical in quality to the petrochemical-based product.” To say it is Andrej Brejc, director Renewable Diols from BASF’s Intermediates division (sales to third parties of about 2.8 billion euro in 2014), which has made bio-based Polytetrahydrofuran 1000 (PolyTHF® 1000) available for the first time. The chemical company headquartered in Ludwigshafen is now providing this intermediate to selected partners for testing various applications in a large scale.

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Basf exits bio-based acrylic acid partnership with Cargill and Novozymes

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Kurt Bock, Ceo of Basf

Chemical giant Basf has decided to exit the current R&D collaboration with Novozymes and Cargill to develop a bio-based process for producing 3-hydroxypropionic (3-HP) and acrylic acid from renewable raw materials.

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Bio-based acrylic acid: another milestone announced by BASF, Cargill and Novozymes

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Kurt Bock, Ceo of Basf

BASF, Cargill and Novozymes announced the achievement of another milestone in their joint development of technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. The team has demonstrated the successful conversion of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP) to glacial acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers. Moreover they have selected the process for further scale-up.

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Succinity produces first commercial quantities of biobased succinic acid for the global market

Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen
Headquarter of Basf in Ludwigshafen

Succinity GmbH, the joint venture between Corbion Purac, the worldwide market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, and BASF, German chemical giant, for the production and commercialization of biobased succinic acid, has announced the successful start-up of its first commercial production facility.

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