The biotech start-up and Australia-based Leaf Resources announce on 20th May that completed the pre-feasibility study (PFS) on a second-generation commercial biorefinery in Queensland that will deploy the company’s proprietary process for conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to industrial sugars which enable multitude downstream technologies to produce substitute petrochemicals. A bio-manufacturing hub is intended to be developed in a sugarcane producing region of Queensland after the PFS assessment of various locations.
The biotech start-up Anellotech says it has validated its Bio-TCat technology by achieving commercially-targeted yields of aromatic chemicals, such as benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX), in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.
Researchers from the Ghent University, Belgium have modified sucrose phosphorylase from Bifidobacterium adolescentis (BaSP) that can be used as a transglucosylase in the production of rare sugar nigerose from sucrose and glucose. This could provide a cheap and convenient route to make enough nigerose to explore potential applications in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
The Maine Technology Institute has awarded US$750,000 to Biofine Developments Northeast to support the development of a commercial biorefinery in Bucksport, Maine, that will produce biobased chemicals from lignocellulosic feedstock.
The biosuccinic acid market has gone through a marked change over the past five years, from being the young, rising star of the biobased chemical building blocks industry into one having to confront competitively produced succinic acid from a petrochemical feedstock.
The US-based biotech start-up, Lygos, producer of specialty chemicals, recently announced three innovation research grants totalling US$750,000 of non-equity funding to support advanced research and development. These funds have been awarded through separate grants from the US Department of Energy, USDA and the National Science Foundation.
The US-based start-up Elevance Renewable Science has signed a supply agreement with Stahl, a global leader in leather chemicals and high-performance coatings. The agreement enables Stahl to commercialize new coatings and polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) based on Elevance’s C18 polyol technology.
Clariant has launched the first bio-based version of iconic Pigment Red 254—the automotive’s industry most widely-used red pigment for exterior coatings.