The oil major BP and Arzeda, the Protein Design Company™, recently announced that they have entered a second extended collaboration agreement for developing a bioprocess for the production of an undisclosed renewable chemical of high strategic and industrial interest to BP.
The biotech start-up Amyris plans to build a factory in Barra Bonita, Sao Paulo state. Costing US$75 million, the factory will produce zero-calorie sweeteners from sugar cane.
Carnegie’s cane-based Xorel is first textile to achieve Living Product Challenge Certification [Registered]
Carnegie’s Biobased Xorel, a groundbreaking high-performance textile sourced from sugarcane, achieved Living Product Challenge Certification. Carnegie became the first textile company to achieve this advanced protocol.
Stora Enso is investing €9 million in a pilot facility to produce biobased plastics for use in transparent packaging.
Production of high-value chemicals from sugar beet pulp moves to demonstration scale [Full subscriber]
Europe produces about 13 million tonnes of pulp annually following sugar beet processing. Currently, beet pulp is mainly used for the production of feedstuffs with low nutritional value and or biogas. Opportunity for producing significantly high-value co-products from the pulp was given traction by European Commission’s investment in the bioeconomy.
Evonik and Siemens collaboration for the production of specialty chemicals from CO2 enters the next phase [Registered]
Evonik and Siemens have launched the second phase of their joint research project Rheticus, in which they are developing a process that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) and renewable energy to produce specialty chemicals.
The Austrian petrochemicals group Borealis and Finnish refining company Neste are partnering to produce polypropylene (PP) from biobased propane (supplied by Neste).
Avantium commences production of biobased ethylene-glycol at its US$22 million demo plant [Registered]
The Dutch biotech start-up Avantium NV has commenced operations at its 10-metric-ton-per-year demonstration facility in Chemie Park Delfzijl, the Netherlands for the production of MEG (mono-ethylene glycol) from plant-based sugars, according to a recent statement from the company.