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GFBiochemicals Starts Production Of Levulinic Acid


GFBiochemicals has started commercial production at its 10,000 MT/a capacity levulinic acid plant in Caserta, Italy. GFBiochemicals is the first company to produce levulinic acid at commercial scale directly from biomass. “Caserta is now the world's largest operational production plant for ...


First production of liquid hydrocarbons from biological feedstock using the Isobutene process


Global Bioenergies announces having converted renewable resources into gaseous isobutene, and secondarily into liquid fuels similar to those extracted from oil. This mix of fuels can be compared to light oil, and thus be considered as «renewable oil».Gaseous isobutene is one of the main building ...


Biomethodes begins construction of its pilot plant in Virginia (USA)


Biomethode and its US subsidiary OptaFuel, announced that construction has begun on its pilot plant in Norton, VA. “Construction of our first pilot plant represents a significant investment of $24 million and is the culmination of significant efforts at the lab scale and pre-operational scale, an ...


Cargill and Evolva move into pilot scale ahead of schedule for fermentation-based steviol glycosides


Cargill and Evolva Holding SA announced that their development program for fermentation-based steviol glycosides is moving into pilot scale ahead of schedule, potentially making it available for commercialization sooner than expected. Earlier this year, Cargill and Evolva entered into an ...


evocatal draws two new investors as it closes €3.5m Series B round


evocatal GmbH has completed a Series B financing round. All of the company's existing investors took part, along with new investors NRW.BANK and LANXESS. In realizing the next step of its growth strategy, evocatal has partnered with two new investors: LANXESS and NRW.BANK. The investments from ...


Analytik Jena AG establishes subsidiary in Thailand


Analytik Jena AG has established a new subsidiary, Analytik Jena Far East (Thailand) Ltd., giving it a presence in the Southeast Asian market. Analytik Jena AG is using this new company to bolster its activities in the Southeast Asian market, increase its regional service for the sales partners ...


Evonik to double its L-lysine capacities in the U.S.

First additional quantities expected in November 2011


In North America, Evonik Industries is doubling its capacities for producing the feed amino acid L-lysine. The two-phase expansion of the Blair, Nebraska, plant to an annual capacity of 280,000 metric tons is on track and is expected to be completed by August 2012, six months earlier than ...


CSM and Indorama Ventures in Alliance Discussion for PLA


CSM's subsidiary Purac and Indorama Ventures PLC (IVL) are in discussions to set up a Polylactic acid (PLA) manufacturing facility in Thailand, with an initial capacity of 10,000 tons per annum being raised to 100,000 tons per annum after developing application specific grades. This product ...


Süd-Chemie to build Germany´s largest plant for the biotechnological production of biofuels from straw

Sustainable project to be subsidised by Bavarian State Government and BMBF


Süd-Chemie AG is to build Germany´s largest plant to date for the production of climate-friendly, second-generation bioethanol, so-called cellulose ethanol, based on biotechnological processes. The total project has a volume of altogether €28 million and comprises an investment volume of some ...


Commercial Production of Cellulosic Biofuel on Fast Track in China

COFCO, Sinopec and Novozymes to Construct Biofuel Demonstration Facility by 2011


Novozymes, COFCO and Sinopec signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering the next steps towards commercialization of cellulosic biofuel in China. As part of the agreement, COFCO and Sinopec will build a cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant which Novozymes will supply with enzymes. The new ...


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