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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDF1ABC Brisbane is reporting that the RACQ supports the E10 fuel education campaign released by the Queensland Government but wants motorists to continue to have choice at the bowser. The Government recently launched the E10 OK website, encouraging motorists to increase their use of biofuels to help both the environment and the economy. From January 2017, E10 fuel will have to make up at least 30 per cent of petrol available for sale at petrol stations across the state.
  • American Airlines announced today that it has retained Ocean Park Advisors, a boutique investment bank with expertise in the renewable fuels industry, to assist with evaluating alternative jet fuels and identifying the most promising companies and technologies. American is seeking opportunities to make binding commitments to reliably source fuel that meets specifications and is priced at or near market prices for traditional jet fuel.
  • Novamont, the Italy-based world leader in bioplastics, with 1,000 patents in biopolymers and biochemicals, announced they have opened the world’s first commercial-scale facility for the bio-based production of a major intermediate chemical, in Bottrighe (Adria), North East Italy. Novamont’s MATER-BIOTECH plant will produce 30,000 tons of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) per year from renewable sources. The new BDO plant uses Genomatica’s GENO BDO™ process technology to convert sugars to BDO.
  • And in other Genomatica news, Ginkgo Bioworks and Genomatica have announced an alliance to more rapidly deliver biology-based solutions for the world’s highest-volume intermediate and specialty chemicals. The alliance is structured as a deep collaboration, with two-way sharing of technology and intellectual property, along with joint technology development, to provide a single unified offering to the market.
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