BioChemicals
Recent bio-related events in Europe have focused on bioproduct clusters and distributed biorefineries.
May 16, 2014 - Pyrolysis is a generic term that includes any process where biomass (in the context of this report) is heated in a low-oxygen atmosphere.
May 1, 2014, Minneapolis, Minn. - BioAmber Inc. announced it has signed its first take-or-pay contract for succinic acid. Under the terms of the agreement, BioAmber will be the principal supplier of bio-succinic acid to PTTMCC Biochem for the production of a biodegradable plastic in Thailand.
April 22, 2014, Sarnia, Ont. – Once the cornerstone of Canada’s petrochemical industry, the border town of Sarnia has had to think smart to avoid the devastating impact of industries packing their bags and leaving town.
April 9, 2014, Seattle, Wa. – Seattle-based Impact Bioenergy has created a unique technology that enables institutions and campuses to generate energy from their own food scraps and paper products.
March 19, 2014, Ottawa, Ont. - Purthanol Resources has announced that Simon Doray has teamed up with Biocardel (Purthanol's biodiesel subsidiary) to create the company BioMix.
March 12, 2014, Thunder Bay, Ont. – CRIBE is partnering with GreenField Specialty Alcohols (formerly GreenField Ethanol) to test and develop a technology that, if successful, will lead to significant economic and operational gains for pulp mills by providing new revenue streams as well as a more efficient way to perform current processes.
February 20, 2014, Sarnia, Ont. - BioAmber Inc. announced that its subsidiary BioAmber Sarnia Inc. has secured a $10 million interest free loan from Agriculture Canada for the 30,000 MT succinic acid plant currently under construction in Sarnia, Ontario.
February 12, 2014, Montague, P.E.I. - Solarvest Bioenergy Inc. announced third party confirmation of its bio-hydrogen expression system following the successful completion of a previously announced six month NSERC Engage project with Dr. Hallenbeck at the Université de Montreal, a world leader in bio-hydrogen production and proteomics.
December 18, 2013, Trois-Rivières, Que. – FPInnovations and Kruger Inc. have announced a joint project to implement the world’s first five ton/day cellulose filament demonstration plant at Kruger’s Trois-Rivières paper mill.
November 22, 2013, Aylmer, Ont. – IGPC Ethanol, Inc. announced an exclusive marketing relationship with Sweetwater Energy, Inc., a Rochester NY-based renewable hydrocarbon producer, to investigate the feasibility of locating Sweetwater’s first Canadian project in Ontario.
October 30, 2013, Saskatoon, Sask. - A new $100M Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative will provide repayable assistance to SMEs working to commercialize their products, processes, and services.
October 1, 2013, Minneapolis, Minn. – A significant milestone has been reached in the development of succinic acid producing yeast.
August 28, 2013, Sarnia, Ont - BioAmber Sarnia's new bio-based succinic acid plant, the first commercial scale production plant of its kind, will receive a $12 million investment from the federal government to support its construction in Sarnia.
July 15, 2013 - Helius Energy's $95 million biomass plant that turns whisky by-products into energy and heat has started commercial operations.
July 14, 2013 – Research and development project number 100 has started in the Swedish Processum cluster within the biorefinery sector. The aim of the project is to thermo chemically change lignin from the sulphate process black liquor to bio oil.
June 20, 2013 - Taking inspiration from trees, scientists have developed a battery made from a sliver of wood coated with tin that shows promise for becoming an efficient and environmentally friendly energy source.
June 12, 2013 - BioAmber Inc. and IMCD Group announced that IMCD is now a distributor of BioAmber's biobased succinic acid (Bio-SATM) in several countries worldwide, targeting customers in the resins and coatings market.
June 11, 2013, Helsinki, Finland – UPM and Renmatix have entered into a non-exclusive joint development agreement (JDA) in biochemicals to further develop Renmatix's water-based Plantrose process that converts woody biomass into low-cost sugar intermediates.
May 12, 2013, Sarnia, ON - BioAmber, which converts renewable feedstocks into bio-succinic acid and other chemicals, raised $80 million in an IPO, allowing it to build its biorefinery in Sarnia.

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