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Thailand boosts biodiesel minimum blending slightly to help absorb palm oil surplus

Thailand boosts biodiesel minimum blending slightly to help absorb palm oil surplus

November 5, 2018 |

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports that although the country hasn’t managed to get approval yet for B10 to help absorb its palm oil surplus, the energy ministry has been able to make minor changes to the B7 mandate that will boost demand by 62,000 metric tons per year. The surplus is currently 80,000 tons. […]

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Agrivida closes $20.4-million funding round 

Agrivida closes $20.4-million funding round 

September 11, 2016 |

Agritech company Agrivida has raised $20.4 million in a Series E funding that will be used to commercialize its Grainzyme feed enzyme for poultry and swine as well as develop the product for use in dairy and beef cattle. According to Spencer Swayze of the University of Texas Investment Management Company, which led the round, […]

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Green Biologics, Acme Hardesty target 100% biobased esters 

Green Biologics, Acme Hardesty target 100% biobased esters 

September 11, 2016 |

Green Biologics and Acme Hardesty are extending their distribution relationship in n-butanol and acetone into a joint development agreement for 100% biobased esters. Under the terms of the agreement, Green Biologics will supply biobased n-butanol and isopropyl alcohol—produced from renewable acetone—from its plant in Little Falls, Minnesota. Acme Hardesty, a leading supplier of biobased chemicals, […]

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Predictive modeling yields promising bioplastics catalyst

Predictive modeling yields promising bioplastics catalyst

September 2, 2016 |

Combining predictive modeling and experimental lab work, researchers from IBM Research and Stanford University say they were able to design a catalyst that enables cheaper biodegradable plastics from plants. The high cost of biodegradable plastics compared to petroleum-derived counterparts is a major impediment to their wider use in disposable goods such as plastic utensils. Unlike […]

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Eco-friendly cleaning brand taps Braskem bioplastic for detergent bottles

Eco-friendly cleaning brand taps Braskem bioplastic for detergent bottles

September 2, 2016 |

Natural cleaning products brand Seventh Generation is using biobased polyethylene produced by Braskem in its 100-oz laundry detergent bottles. The bottles are now 80% recycled high-density polyethylene, 17% biobased polyethylene, and 3% colorant. The biobased portion replaces virgin, petroleum-based polyethylene. Derrick Lawrence, Seventh Generation Director of Packaging Development, tells Greener Package that incorporating more than […]

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VWR opens new biochemicals manufacturing site in Ohio, replacing five others

VWR opens new biochemicals manufacturing site in Ohio, replacing five others

September 2, 2016 |

VWR celebrated the official plant opening and a facility tour for city officials and attendees at its new manufacturing site in Solon, Ohio. The 226,000 square foot chemical manufacturing site will replace five of their six locations in the Solon area, helping VWR employees to be more consolidated instead of spread out across the region. […]

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