Tag: France

French researchers develop polymers that degrade in water in a week

French researchers develop polymers that degrade in water in a week

June 6, 2022 |

In France, in a new study published in Nature Communications on May 24, 2022, a research team from the CNRS and the University of Paris-Saclay was able to develop new polymers that degrade in water in one week, a record time. Thanks to a polymerization technique making it possible to design macromolecules with a controlled […]

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Strategie Grains cuts EU biodiesel demand estimates due to countries slashing blending

Strategie Grains cuts EU biodiesel demand estimates due to countries slashing blending

May 30, 2022 |

In France, Strategie Grains has reduced its estimate for European biodiesel consumption this year on the back of biodiesel blending mandate cuts in Czech Republic and Latvia in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Germany’s cap of 2.5% blending of first-generation biofuels are also expected to reduce demand, along with falling diesel demand in […]

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Michelin boosts renewable content of e-bike racing tires

Michelin boosts renewable content of e-bike racing tires

May 9, 2022 |

In France, tire giant Michelin has launched tires for motorcycling racing that contain several biobased materials, including natural rubber, oil from orange and lemon peels, pine tree resin, and sunflower oil.  The tires will debut at MotoE, a European circuit event that only allows electric motorcycles and has named Michelin its sole tire supplier.  Michelin […]

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Move over Paris: French town eyes bioluminescent bacteria to be next City of Lights

Move over Paris: French town eyes bioluminescent bacteria to be next City of Lights

May 2, 2022 |

In France, a small hamlet will soon test the use of bioluminescent bacteria to light its streets. Rambouillet, located just a stone’s throw away from “La Ville-Lumière,” will use technology developed by Glowee to deploy the eco-friendly lighting solution.  “Our goal is to change the way in which cities use light,” Glowee founder Sandra Rey […]

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Avril to boost sunflower crushing to 1.1M tons in two years

Avril to boost sunflower crushing to 1.1M tons in two years

April 18, 2022 |

In France, Reuters reports Avril will try to offset lower sunflower crushing in Ukraine by boosting its own crushing volumes. Although the company had been planning to increase crushing to help reduce reliance on imports, the war has sped up implementation. The company currently crushes around 700,000 metric tons of sunflower but hopes to expand […]

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Eastman seeking to develop French molecular recycling facility

Eastman seeking to develop French molecular recycling facility

April 13, 2022 |

In France, Eastman has entered an exclusive negotiation with Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine as the preferred location of the molecular recycling facility it plans to build in France. This is an important step toward a significant milestone in the company’s plan to invest up to $1 billion and build the world’s largest material-to-material molecular recycling plant in France […]

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Electric jet with biobased cabin to take flight by 2027

Electric jet with biobased cabin to take flight by 2027

April 11, 2022 |

In France, aircraft maker Aura Aero and Safran Electrical & Power have partnered to develop an electric, 19-seater aircraft with a cabin 100% designed using biobased or recycled materials.  Dubbed Era for Electric Regional Aircraft, the plane will have a fully electric range of 215 nautical miles and max speed of 300 knots. Safran will […]

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Veolia launches biorefinery producing CO2-neutral bio-methanol from a pulp mill

Veolia launches biorefinery producing CO2-neutral bio-methanol from a pulp mill

April 6, 2022 |

In France, Veolia launched the world’s largest biorefinery project producing CO2-neutral bio-methanol from a pulp mill, located in Finland. The project allows to unlock the potential of this alternative source of feedstock for biofuel that is almost completely unexplored to date. Developed in close cooperation with Metsä Fibre, the largest cooperative forestry association in Europe, […]

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E85 conversion kit sales soar in France

E85 conversion kit sales soar in France

March 30, 2022 |

In France, Reuters reports that drivers are rushing to buy ethanol conversion kits in the face of rising gas prices and cheap ethanol. FlexFuel Energy Development that sells the conversion kits, for example, saw sales jump 80% in the first three weeks of March to 6,400 versus February while January sales were just 2,166, while […]

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Airbus flies A380 on 100% SAF

Airbus flies A380 on 100% SAF

March 28, 2022 |

In France, Airbus has performed a first A380 flight powered by 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).  Airbus’ A380 test aircraft MSN 1 took off from Blagnac Airport, Toulouse, France at 08h43 on Friday 25 March. The flight lasted about three hours, operating one Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on 100% SAF.  Twenty-seven metric tons of unblended […]

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