Advanced Chemical Technologies (AChT) recently announced that it plans to will build a CA$150million (US$120 mln) demonstration plant by 2020 at the Bluewater Energy Park in Chemical Valley which will produce green methanol from industrial carbon monoxide emissions and natural gas.
Every year, more than 7 million barrels of oil are used in the production of propylene glycol (PG), an ingredient found in many common household items, including anti-freeze, plastics, cosmetics, and food additives. Until recently, the only economically viable source of feedstock for producing PG was petroleum. The agri-business giant Archer Daniels Midland has partnered with US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to produce biobased PG.
Germany’s speciality chemicals group Evonik and the engineering giant Siemens are partnering to develop a plant that will produce substitute petrochemicals from carbon dioxide and green electricity.
The US biotech start-up Genomatica is partnering with the Italian synthetic fibres producer Aquafil, to develop a commercial process for the production of biobased caprolactam for the synthesis of polyamide 6 from sugar via fermentation with genetically modified microbes which will be used by the Italian company to produce fibres and synthetic yarns for carpets and clothing
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Germany, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA are developing a cost-effective biobased coating based on potato starch.
Novel process to convert lignocellulosic feedstocks into five-carbon sugar and furfural [Registered]
Researchers from Taiwan, Australia, India and Bangladesh have successfully developed an effective process to convert lignocellulosic feedstocks into commercially valuable chemicals for food and pharmaceuticals.
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. This hybrid biological-catalytic process offers an alternative to the conventional petrochemical production method and achieves unprecedented acrylonitrile yields.