DuPont, Genencor form jv to produce cellulosic ethanol

DuPont, Genencor form jv to produce cellulosic ethanol

F O C U S in Anaheim, CA, which is scheduled for completion in late 2008. The company also plans to produce nano powders of polymers, ceramics, and pr...

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F O C U S in Anaheim, CA, which is scheduled for completion in late 2008. The company also plans to produce nano powders of polymers, ceramics, and precious/transition metal catalysts in powder and alcohol/aqueous suspensions. Catalyx Nanotech will be creating a three-pronged decrease in greenhouse gases by eliminating the greenhouse gases resulting from landfills burning off their methane; and those typically generated during hydrogen production; as well as the reduction in greenhouse gases realized when hydrogen replaces other hydrocarbons as a fuel source. Catalyx Nanotech Inc was formed in 2007 with the vision to provide the world with high purity, exceptional nanomaterials at costs comparable to current high-grade materials used by various industries. Press release from: Catalyx Nanotech Inc, 1200 N Van Buren, Suite A, Anaheim, CA 92807, USA. Tel: +1 714 630 2124. Fax: +1 714 630 6928. Website: (22 May 2008)

DuPont, Genencor form jv to produce cellulosic ethanol DuPont has established with Danisco’s Genencor a 50:50 jv called DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol for the commercialization of a low-cost production method for cellulosic ethanol. The jv will have $140 M as initial investment over three years. A pilot plant will be set up in the USA for startup in 2009, with commercialization by 2012. The jv is a combination of Genencor’s enzyme technique and DuPont’s pre-treatment and ethanologen systems. The company’s commercial cellulosic ethanol is estimated to decrease traditional ethanol production costs by 30% and gasoline generation by 50%. By 2020, DuPont forecasts the worldwide cellulosic ethanol market value will amount to $75 bn. It predicts worldwide ethanol output to reach 79.2 bn gallons by that time, with cellulosic accounting for 48%. Chemical Week, 19 May 2008 (Website:

DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol plans commercial ethanol production for 2012 The planned DuPont-Genencor joint venture, DuPont Danisco Cellulosic

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Ethanol LLC, expects to bring online its first pilot plant in 2009 and commercial production of large quantities of ethanol is expected to commence in 2012. DuPont and Genesco’s parent company Denison both have parts of the technology in house. DuPont, in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NOÀL) of the US Ministry of Energy, has developed a differentiated pre-processing technology for maize husks. For some years Genencor has been developing enzyme processes which convert the cellulose in the husks to sugars and DuPont and NREL also have an efficient fermentation process based on Zymomonas mobilis for producing ethanol from sugars. Chemisch2Weekblad, 14 May 2008 (Website: (in Dutch)

Endicott Biofuels LLC and Davy Process Technology Ltd enter into a technical collaboration to build next generation biodiesel facilities in the US Endicott Biofuels LLC (EBF) and Davy Process Technology Ltd (DPT), a Johnson Matthey company, have entered into a long-term, multi-plant, technical collaboration to develop the next generation of biodiesel facilities in the US. Under the agreement, EBF will be licensed to use DPT’s esterification technology in North America for a class of biodiesel plants that will be feedstock flexible, using non-food feedstocks, such as non-edible agricultural process waste products. The agreement provides for multiple plants and the sharing of intellectual property developed from the technical collaboration. EBF is currently developing its first facility, a state-of-the-art plant to produce 100,000 tonne/y of fatty acid methyl esters, or biodiesel. This plant is expected to commence commercial operation in mid 2010 with equity financing provided by Haddington Ventures LLC. Press release from: Endicott Biofuels LLC, 2 Northpoint Drive, Suite 860, Houston, TX 77060, USA. Tel: +1 281 598 2180. Fax: +1 281 598 2181. E-mail: [email protected] Website: (5 Jun 2008)

Energenics agrees Enercat fuel nanocatalyst distribution with Nanotrade Energenics Pte Ltd has recently agreed to appoint Nanotrade sro as an exclusive Eastern European distributor for its Enercat fuel borne catalyst. Nanotrade has previously been the distributor for Oxonica’s Envirox product since 2004 and was distributing in Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, and Hungary. The Envirox additive, tested and sold by Nanotrade from 2004 to 2007, was manufactured using technology licensed to Oxonica by Neuftec. Neuftec terminated its licence with Oxonica in Feb 2007. The Enercat product currently sold by Energenics utilizes the Neuftec Intellectual Property co-developed by Ronen Hazarika. Enercat is a patented formulation of nanoparticulate cerium oxide. The technology was originally licensed to Oxonica from 2001-2007. The licence was terminated and Energenics has recently started utilizing the technology. Enercat reduces fuel efficiency from 4.7-11% (sic) and also reduces HC emissions by up to 21%, CO by up to 30%, PM by up to 20% and NOx up to 8%. Based in Singapore, Energenics Pte Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energenics Holdings Pte Ltd, a leading supplier of alternative energy solutions and technologies. Nanotrade sro is a progressive Czech company, aiming to discover and commercialise new materials, products, and technologies that are designed and made utilizing nanotechnology. Press release from: Energenics Pte Ltd, 7 Temasek Boulevard, 04 01A 03 Suntec Tower One, Singapore 038987. Tel: +65 6341 9650. Fax: +65 6341 9610. E-mail: [email protected] Website: (27 May 2008)

GM and Mascoma in cellulosic venture Biotech firm Mascoma has reached a partnership deal with General Motors (GM) to develop cellulosic ethanol. Low-carbon biofuel will be produced from nongrain biomass using Mascoma’s single-step conversion process. Startup Coskata, which produces cellulosic ethanol using a thermo-chemical process, received an investment from GM in Jan 2008. ICIS Chemical Business, 12 May 2008 (Website: