Are major oil companies already preparing for the post-fossil-fuel-age? Within recent years, big oil corporations are increasingly involved into research and development of different petroleum alternatives and now, they seem to focus on commercial viable biofuels. The petroleum industry is aware of rising crude oil prices, a rising demand of energy and an increasing environmental pollution. To contribute to these circumstances, a variety of joint ventures with smaller biofuel or biotechnology firms have started to exploit the potential of renewable fuels.
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Biofuel Investments of Big Oil Companies Part 1
Is Big Oil going green? Have you ever thought about the involvement of major oil companies in R&D or distribution of biofuels? Yeah… just like me! But I was disabused of the notion that most oil companies are predators who exploit earth’s resources, pollute the environment, rake in money and if they do something that [...]
Green Business Blog Carnival #28
Welcome the 28th Green Business Blog Carnival! Dealing with modern day’s challenges requires new and innovative solutions from research and – of course – business. This Blog Carnival is a great opportunity to share the most interesting green business ideas, stories and news provided by various writers to ensure great diversity. The Green Business Blog [...]
From Glycerol to Green Chemicals Part 2
Read the first part of this article As promised a few days ago I hereby publish the second part of the article: From Glycerine to Green Chemicals. If you haven’t read the first part, it’s highly recommended to do so. Propylene Glycol Archer Daniels Midland (US), one of the largest agricultural processors in the world, [...]
From Glycerine to Green Chemicals Part 1
Guess what?! There is still a lot to know about what to do with the increasing amount of generated glycerol (also glycerine, glycerin) obtained by biodiesel production. Besides the well established sell of purified glycerine to manufacturers of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals a variety of novel conversion techniques are introduced. This article is intended to be [...]
Using Bioplastics: If We Don’t Change The World, Who Else Will?
Facing the challenges of modern days sometimes seems impossible to manage and often request to change our beloved habits radically. But do we want to change modern lifestyle? I guess: no! Amending a convenient lifestyle is probably one of the last things we want to do. Clean technologies, able to overcome known global threats, like [...]
World’s Biggest Biodiesel Plant Starts Up
Neste Oil starts up the world’s largest renewable diesel plant in Singapore which has an annual capacity of 800,000 tons. According to Neste’s information the construction costs were around US$ 550 million. The plant was completed on-schedule as well as on-budget. “We are very proud of the new plant and the NExBTL technology behind it, [...]
Bioplastics Gather Momentum
While gaining much attraction from media, the bioplastic – market is still in its infancy. Biomass derived plastics currently make up about 0.2% of the roughly estimated 350 million tons of plastics consumed annually. But that volume will grow 30% a year due to the rising demand of environmentally friendly substitutions for packaging and products [...]
Do Algae biofuels need 10 more years of R&D to compete?
According to the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of California at Berkeley the algae biofuels industry is still in its infancy. The Institute published a survey of the state of industrial algae fuel production. Current commercial biomass production from algae is mostly restricted to nutritional products. The authors state: “Despite the scores, if not [...]
Bioplastics Go Commercial: Green Polypropylene From Sugarcane
Back in 2008, the Brazil based company Braskem announced the production of the first polypropylene made 100% from renewable resources, which was verified in accordance with ASTM D6866. Now the company is going to build a commercial propylene plant using sugar cane as feedstock. Operational start up is planed for 2013. The green propylene production [...]