International Sugar Journal

Microalgae lipid converted into benzene [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Konstanz, Germany have synthesized benzene from eicosapentaenoic acid, a lipid found in microalgae.

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BioAmber files for bankruptcy and Rennovia ceases operations [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-ups Bioamber and Rennovia add to the list of companies in the renewable chemicals market space that have either folded or acquired.

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DuPont and Archer Daniels open biobased pilot plant producing furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) [Full subscriber]

DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) and Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) recently announced the opening of the world’s first biobased furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) pilot production facility in Decatur, Illinois, USA.

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Thailand – Total Corbion commences production of PLA at a pilot plant [Full subscriber]

Total Corbion PLA, a global technology leader in poly lactic acid (PLA) and lactide monomers recently announced that it has successfully started up its 1,000-tonne-per-year PLA pilot plant in Rayong, Thailand.

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Audi test drives Global Bioenergies bio-isobutene blended in gasoline [Registered]

The car maker Audi and the biotech start-up Global Bioenergies recently announced a milestone test for a renewable gasoline blend (termed e-benzin) containing over 34%of two isobutene-derived compounds produced by Global Bioenergies.

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Breakthrough in the production of biobased toluene from bacterial enzyme [Registered]

Researchers at the US Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable the microbial production of a biobased alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tonnes per year.

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Lego launching playsets made from cane-based polyethylene [Registered]

The Danish family-owned toy company Lego, famous for its plastic bricks, recently announced that they have started making the botanical elements—such as leaves, bushes, and trees—in its kits from polyethylene sourced from sugarcane.

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USA – New US$75 mln plant in Florida converts cane bagasse into take-out containers [Full subscriber]

Tellus Products’s new state-of-the-art facility in Belle Glade constructed last year was inaugurated on 27th March in the presence of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, according to local press reports.

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Sugar-based amines offer a cost-competitive alternative to fabric softeners made from petrochemicals [Full subscriber]

Scientists at the University of Louvain (KU Leuven) have developed a fabric softener from sugar according to the statement released by the university.

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Stora Enso’s launches a lignin product – an effective substitute to oil-based phenolic materials [Registered]

Stora Enso is the world’ s largest producer of lignin. The company recently announced the launch of Lineo™ which can replace oil-based phenolic materials which are used in resins for plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material with renewable solutions.

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