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Bill Gates, Total Invest $14M in Bioproduct Technology

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and global energy giant Total are investing $14 million to help commercialize a technology that may produce cheaper bioplastics and biofuels. Renmatix’s Platrose technology converts waste biomass to cellulosic sugars, which then can be used as feedstock for chemicals and fuels. This process uses supercritical water … Read more »

DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Biorefinery

DuPont Opens ‘World’s Largest’ Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

DuPont has opened its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa. The company says this biorefinery is the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, with the capacity to produce 30 million gallons per year of clean fuel that offers a 90 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as compared to gasoline. The … Read more »

Abengoa

Abengoa to Build First MSW-to-Fuel Biorefinery

Abengoa has been selected by Fulcrum BioEnergy to build the first biorefinery in the US using gasification technology to convert municipal solid waste into syncrude that will be upgraded into jet fuel. The contract is worth about $200 million. Abengoa will be responsible for the turnkey execution of the plant … Read more »

Cascades

Chemical-Free Process Boosts Paper Plant’s Competitiveness

Cascades, which produces packaging and tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibers, has invested $26 million in a new chemical-free technology at its Norampac – Cabano facility. The company says the biorefinery process used to extract hemicellulose, a cellulosic sugar with high value-added potential, from wood chips is a Canadian … Read more »

Abengoa baling feeder

Abengoa Opens Commercial-Scale 2G Biorefinery

Abengoa has opened its second-generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. The biorefinery finished construction in mid-August and began producing cellulosic ethanol at the end of September with the capacity to produce up to 25 million gallons per year. The plant utilizes only “second generation” biomass feedstocks for ethanol production, … Read more »

P&G DuPont

How to Turn Agricultural Waste into Sustainable Detergent

DuPont and Procter & Gamble are collaborating to use cellulosic ethanol in North American Tide laundry detergent. Tide Cold Water will be the first brand in the world to blend cellulosic ethanol in a scalable and commercial way, the companies say. Ethanol has long been a key ingredient in the … Read more »

Elevance, Genting Enter Biorefinery Collaboration

Elevance Renewable Sciences, a specialty chemicals company, says it will partner with Genting Plantations Berhad to build a 240,000 metric ton biorefinery that uses Elevance’s metathesis technology to produce biochemicals from renewable oils. The 25:75 collaboration between Elevance and Genting will produce renewable, high-performance olefins and specialty chemicals that can … Read more »

Sapphire Energy

$181 Million Available to Develop Biorefineries

The US Department of Agriculture has made available $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack says the financing is intended to expand the number of commercial biorefineries in the US that are producing advanced biofuels from … Read more »

Starbucks To Recycle Coffee Grounds Into Bio-Plastics

Starbucks is working with biorefinery scientists to turn its used coffee grounds and bakery food waste into bioplastics, laundry detergents and other everyday products. Scientists have completed a successful laboratory testing of the new biorefinery process (pictured), according to Carol S. K. Lin, who led the research team and reported … Read more »