Cargill partners with Virent to explore use of corn in production of biofuels

USA – Cargill has partnered with bio-energy company Virent to explore the use of biobased fuels and chemicals in processing activities as an environmentally friendly source of energy. Under the collaboration, the two companies will study Cargill’s use of corn dextrose as a feedstock to Virent’s BioForming technology to produce “drop-in” low-carbon biofuels and biochemicals. Virent’s BioForming technology uses sugars found in plants as a feedstock to produce drop-in renewable gasoline and jet fuel, as well as lower carbon biochemicals, including bio-paraxylene, a key raw material for producing 100% renewable…

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McDonald’s to recycle used cooking oil to power its delivery trucks

INDIA – McDonald’s franchise holder Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt Ltd is recycling its own used cooking oil to make biodiesel that is used to power all its delivery trucks in Mumbai. The energy from used cooking oil is also used to power the refrigeration system for the trucks. According to the company, the new source of energy helps to reduce its carbon footprint as it is a cleaner fuel with 75% lower carbon emissions than diesel over its entire lifecycle. A pilot programme for the project was started last year, has…

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DSM wins yeast patent infringement case against Lallemand

USA – Royal DSM, the Dutch multinational company has won a patent infringement case against Lallemand related to low-glycerol yeast technology applicable in ethanol production. The verdict was granted in a Federal Court in Wisconsin ruling that all glycerol reducing ethanol yeast products sold by Lallemand infringe DSM’s US Patent. Following a failed attempt to settle the matter outside court, DSM filed a case against Lallemand alleging that the latter’s glycerol reducing yeast products including Transferm Yield+ and YP3 used in the production of ethanol, infringes DSM’s US patent. Though…

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