Category: Chems & Materials

MMI, Micromidas, targeting sugar beet waste for “Plant Bottle” feedstock

MMI, Micromidas, targeting sugar beet waste for “Plant Bottle” feedstock

September 28, 2014 |

In Michigan, the Michigan Molecular Institute, Michigan Sugar Company and Micromidas have partnered in a 9-month, $150,000 SBIR research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to create ways to convert sugar beet waste, or raffinate waste, into commodity chemicals. “Sugar beets are processed into sugar through a multi-step procedure,” said MMI Research Scientist Dr. […]

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Rivertop Renewables renews key Headwaters 40F Corrosion Inhibitor contract with Montana

Rivertop Renewables renews key Headwaters 40F Corrosion Inhibitor contract with Montana

September 28, 2014 |

In Montana, Rivertop Renewables announced that it has been selected by Montana Department of Transportation to supply a bio-based corrosion inhibitor that will be added to the salt brine used to de-ice state roads this winter. Rivertop’s Headwaters 40F corrosion inhibitor helps reduce the corrosive impacts of the low-cost salt de-icer on roads, bridges and […]

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Gevo says isobutanol batch times reduced 50%, production set to rise at Luverne

Gevo says isobutanol batch times reduced 50%, production set to rise at Luverne

September 18, 2014 |

In Colorado, Gevo reported an update on the progress of the Side-by-Side operational mode of its plant in Luverne, MN. In the beginning of June, Gevo commenced the co-production of isobutanol and ethanol, with one fermenter dedicated to isobutanol production and three fermenters dedicated to ethanol production. With the completion of the last phase of […]

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Calysta produces lactic acid in NatureWorks partnership ahead of schedule

Calysta produces lactic acid in NatureWorks partnership ahead of schedule

June 17, 2014 |

The Digest has heard from California that Calysta has successfully produced lactic acid – a key building block for industrial bioplastics – from methane at lab scale for NatureWorks. NatureWorks is one of the world’s largest makers of bioplastics – used worldwide for industrial and consumer products. Calysta uses natural gas as a feedstock to create […]

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BioNitrogen Receives Final Engineering Feasibility Studies from the Casale Group

BioNitrogen Receives Final Engineering Feasibility Studies from the Casale Group

January 15, 2014 |

In Florida, BioNitrogen Holdings announced that the Casale Group has finished the engineering feasibility studies for its portion of BioNitrogen’s plants. The feasibility reports are detailed basic engineering packages that describe elements of the ammonia and urea plants such as design capacities, production outputs, process flow diagrams and equipment lists. It is the prerequisite information […]

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Microalgae and aquatic plants can help to decrease radiopollution in the Fukushima area

Microalgae and aquatic plants can help to decrease radiopollution in the Fukushima area

January 15, 2014 |

In Japan, a research group led by Yoshihiro Shiraiwa of the University of Tsukuba identified seventeen microalgae, aquatic plants and algae that are able to efficiently remove radioactive cesium, iodine and strontium from the environment were identified. The research was conducted to deal with the The findings add to existing bioremedial options which could help […]

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University of Bristol collaborates with Affymetrix on genotyping arrays for wheat

University of Bristol collaborates with Affymetrix on genotyping arrays for wheat

January 14, 2014 |

In California, Affymetrix and the UK’s University of Bristol announced that they have collaboratively designed a wheat genotyping array and analyzed data from experiments as part of an effort to understand wheat genetics and breeding with a goal of ensuring guaranteed sustainable production. Axiom Wheat Genotyping Array consists of 817,000 markers, was designed for the […]

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Sirona Biochem announces collaboration with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, and Explore Green

Sirona Biochem announces collaboration with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, and Explore Green

January 14, 2014 |

In Canada, Sirona Biochem announced a collaboration with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, (respective son and grandson of Jacques Cousteau) and Explore Green LLC. Jean-Michel Cousteau and Fabien Cousteau will become Brand Ambassadors for Sirona Biochem and Explore Green will leverage its media, scientific and commercial contacts to broadcast our partnership’s alliance and goals. Sirona Biochem […]

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Origin Agritech reports unaudited financial results for the year ended September 30, 2013

Origin Agritech reports unaudited financial results for the year ended September 30, 2013

January 13, 2014 |

In China, Origin Agritech Limited announced unaudited financial results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013. The company reported an operating profit of RMB18.16 million, compared to a loss of RMB3.47 million in the same quarter of 2012. Total revenues for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013 were RMB481.69 million (US$77.30 million), a […]

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RiceBran Technologies completes acquisition of H&N Distribution

RiceBran Technologies completes acquisition of H&N Distribution

January 13, 2014 |

In Arizona, RiceBran Technologies announced the completion of the acquisition of H&N Distribution January 2, 2014. H&N is a formulator and co-packer of products for the direct marketing, internet sales and retail distribution markets both domestically and internationally, serving the natural products, nutritional supplement, and nutraceutical and functional food sectors. The acquisition and integration of […]

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