Clariant has recorded a CHF225 million (US$241 million) reduction in the value of the cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari, Romania, because it has “not yet achieved the targeted yields” to produce 50,000 tonnes ethanol per-year nameplate capacity.
Four ASTM-approved process conversion platforms for producing SAF [Full subscriber]
Decarbonising aviation through the development of sustainable fuels that meet strict safety conditions and significantly reduce life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over conventional fossil fuels has engaged the sector if aviation is going to be able to reach net-zero by 2050.
Researchers modify both E. coli and tobacco plant to speed up production of muconic acid from lignin [Registered]
Researcher US’ Sandia National Laboratories have developed a novel process to produce from lignin muconic acid and pyrogallol which currently have a combined market value of US$255.7 billion.
Converting lignin into plastics in one-step process [Registered]
Untangling the complex chains of lignin polymers into components, which can be useful plastics, has presented an ongoing challenge to science and industry. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have devised a new method to process lignin into useful components.
Plasma catalysis process facilitates conversion of CO2 and CH4 into fuels and chemicals [Registered]
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals.
Iowa State University and Chevron partner to develop cellulosic biofuels technology [Registered]
The project’s aim is to develop and demonstrate an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The technology converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and a biochar that can enrich soils.
New catalyst found to be effective in converting ethanol to butanol [Registered]
Butanol is acknowledged to be much better than ethanol as an alternative to gasoline as It yields more energy, is less volatile, and does not cause damage to engines.
INVISTA and LanzaTech partner to produce butadiene from waste industrial gases [Registered]
A metabolic toolkit integrates detailed knowledge about a bacterium’s genetic configuration with the tools to precisely customize that configuration in order to make a particular product, together with a model to accurately predict the performance of the bacterium. This work is in an early stage of development with an aim to commercialize within the next several years.
Johnson Matthey and Rennovia commence production of glucaric acid at its new mini-plant [Registered]
In March 2014, both companies announced their collaboration to develop and commercialize production technology for biobased glucaric acid and adipic acid. Under the collaboration, Rennovia and JM Davy will work together to develop and demonstrate the processes based on Rennovia’s technology for the catalytic aerobic oxidation of glucose to glucaric acid, as well as the catalytic hydrogenation of glucaric acid to adipic acid. The goal of the collaboration is to develop and jointly license a technology package enabling commercial production of these chemical products.