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World’s First Commercial Microalgae-Derived Betaine Surfactant Available

Chemical giant BASF and Solazyme, a renewable microalgae oil and ingredients company, have launched the first commercial surfactant derived from microalgae oil, a high performance algal betaine for use in home and personal care applications. Commercialized by BASF under the trade name Dehyton AO 45, algal betaine is a betaine … Read more »

UPS alternative fuel fleet

UPS to Purchase 46M Gallons Renewable Fuel

UPS yesterday announced agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts. Neste, Renewable Energy Group (REG) and Solazyme will supply renewable diesel to UPS to help facilitate the company’s shift to move more than 12 percent … Read more »

VW renewable diesel

VW’s Renewable Diesel Evaluation Shows GHG Emissions Cuts

Volkswagen of America’s renewable diesel evaluation program, in collaboration with renewable fuel and product companies Solazyme and Amyris, has shown greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by more than 50 percent on a well-to-wheel basis when using renewable fuels as compared to today’s commercially available crude-based fuels. Beginning in 2012, … Read more »

Biofuel Developers Can Thrive Despite Cheap Oil

Biofuel Developers Can Thrive Despite Cheap Oil

Renewable diesel producers Neste Oil and Diamond Green Diesel, gasification specialist Red Rock Biofuels, and Edeniq, which makes cellulosic ethanol, were among 13 producers of alternative fuels best positioned to compete with cheap oil, according a report from Lux Research. How Alternative Fuel Companies Will Compete with $50 Oil evaluated … Read more »

green chemistry

Amyris, Solazyme Among EPA Green Chemistry Award Winners

Amyris, Solazyme, QD Vision and the Solberg Company have won EPA awards for their green chemistry technologies. The winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards have brought products to market that reduce energy, chemicals and water waste while cutting manufacturing costs, says Jim Jones, the EPA’s assistant administrator for … Read more »

AkzoNobel, Photanol to Develop Photosynthesis-Based Chemicals

AkzoNobel and Photanol have partnered to create technology that mimics the way plants use photosynthesis with a goal of producing “green” chemical building blocks that will eventually replace raw materials AkzoNobel currently obtains from fossil-based production. AkzoNobel’s chemicals are used by the chemicals, detergent, construction, food, pulp and paper and … Read more »

Solazyme, AkzoNobel Expand Renewable Oil Partnership

AkzoNobel, a major paints and specialty chemicals producer, and renewable oil and bioproducts company Solazyme, have expanded their previous joint development agreement targeting annual supply of up to 10,000 metric tons of renewable algal oils, pending successful product development. The expansion provides for funded development, as well as agreed key … Read more »

Lux: Bio-Based Materials and Chemicals Showing Growth

Bio-based material and chemical technologies have reached an inflection point with companies scaling to commercial production levels and growing revenues, according to Lux Research. The leading growth category will be intermediate chemicals like adipic acid and lactic acid, with capacity growing from 2.0 million metric tons currently to 4.9 million … Read more »

Unilever

Unilever to Buy Solazyme’s Renewable Algal Oil

Unilever has signed an agreement to buy at least 10,000 metric tons of algal oil from renewable oil and bioproducts company Solazyme. Supply delivery is planned to begin in early 2014 and Unilever expects to purchase the full initial volume within 12 to 18 months. Product validation trials are scheduled … Read more »

Alternative Fuel Technologies ‘Can Produce $75 per Barrel Gasoline’

Alternative Fuel Technologies ‘Can Produce $75 per Barrel Gasoline’

With crude oil price projected to top $140 per barrel by 2035, alternative fuel technologies, which can produce gasoline at the equivalent of $75 per barrel, will rise, according to a Lux Research report. Bringing the Heat: Gas- and Waste-derived Synfuels, says the price disparity between crude oil and other … Read more »

Alaska Air biofuel flights

Alternative Fuels Power Alaska Airlines, Coast Guard Ships

Alaska Airlines says it will begin using biofuel to power its Hawaii flights as soon as 2018. The airline has signed an agreement with Hawai`i BioEnergy, a consortium of three of Hawaii’s largest landowners and three venture capital companies that plan to use locally grown feedstocks to produce biofuels. Hawai`i … Read more »

Renewable Oils for Chemical Market

AkzoNobel Paint to Use Renewable Oils

AkzoNobel, a major paints and specialty chemicals producer, and renewable oil and bioproducts company Solazyme today announced an agreement to develop renewable oils from algae. Tailored oils can enhance or replace petroleum-derived chemicals, and improve upon the performance of plant oils and animal fats, the companies say. They expect product … Read more »