Japan-based biotechnology firm euglena, with support from aviation group ANA Holdings, has constructed a refinery in Yokohama, Japan, that may begin mass production of biobased jet fuel and biodiesel by 2025. Derived from algae and waste oil, the fuel will be used to power ANA's commercial international flights and in automobiles.
Refiners active in the Midwest reported strong third-quarter profits, helped by steep discounts for heavy Canadian crude and Permian oil, which traded at an average $28 a barrel and $14 a barrel below West Texas Intermediate, respectively. Phillips 66 saw its quarterly profits skyrocket by 81% to almost $1.5 billion, while BP achieved its highest profits in five years, partly due to its Whiting, Ind., refining operations.
Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group plan to build a renewable diesel plant next to the Ferndale Refinery in Washington. Waste fats, greases and oils will be transformed into renewable diesel fuel with REG's proprietary Bio-Synfining technology.
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A new invention could significantly reduce the amount of cobalt needed to manufacture batteries for electric vehicle engines. The breakthrough could lower costs and reduce reliance on chemicals mined in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Neste and Clariant agreed to work together to create sustainable additive solutions that can be used in various industries, and their initial work will focus on converting Neste's renewable hydrocarbons, which are made completely from renewable raw materials, into propylene and ethylene for Clariant's products. The firms also plan to create other sustainable additive solutions using renewable raw materials for plastics and coatings.
British growers could improve crop production such as soybeans, potatoes and coffee with the use of genome modification, says researcher Agustin Zsogon. These techniques have already been used to improve the flavor and lycopene levels of tomatoes.
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Packaging and specialty plastics have been and will continue to be major growth drivers for Dow Chemical after it spins off from DowDuPont, despite concerns about plastics bans and other headwinds, says Dow Chemical chief executive Jim Fitterling. Fitterling also touted plastics' environmental benefits and the need for a circular economy.
A nanotechnology-based immunotherapy, developed by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and tested in mice, is intended to inhibit organ rejection in transplant recipients without the side effects that typically result from traditional immunosuppressant drugs. Details of the research were published in Immunity.
Chevron Phillips Chemical, Dow Chemical and other companies want to take responsibility for plastic waste reduction through new technologies and full-cycle plastics management innovations, executives said at last week's Global Plastics Summit in Chicago. Plastics Industry Association chief economist Perc Pineda noted that plastics bans hinder the economy and eliminate consumer options.
The federal government of Canada supports the use of biotechnology in crops, stating that the end products are safe and affordable. "Innovations in precision biotechnology, such as gene editing, have brought the promise of major improvements in terms of the ease and precision of introducing desirable traits into agricultural organisms, as compared to other breeding methods," a statement released by the government says.
The Environmental Protection Agency has released new reporting rules that are expected to save oil refineries $12 million. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler approved guidelines for meeting ground-level ozone standards and cutting some industrial equipment permitting requirements.
Revisit the future of chemical engineering -- online
AIChE marked its 110th anniversary at the recent 2018 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa. To prepare for the celebration, AIChE’s ChEnected blog posted a series of interviews with more than two dozen prominent chemical engineers who speculate on what the profession will look like 25 years in the future. Many of the engineers’ comments are contrasted with predictions they offered during AIChE's centennial in 2008. Read the posts here.
FOODIEs unite -- Food Innovation & Engineering Conference, Dec. 2-4
AIChE's Food, Pharmaceutical, and Bioengineering Division hosts a new interdisciplinary conference where food engineers, neurobiologists, physiologists, and supply chain managers (as well as chefs, restaurateurs, and foodies alike) will discuss emerging technologies for food production, analyze strategies to connect industry and food, and explore methods to fill consumer needs. The FOODIE Conference is set for Dec. 2-4, 2018, in Napa Valley, CA. Read the program and register.
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