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Algae as chemical raw materials

Chemists and biologists at the University of Konstanz have succeeded in transforming algae oil into high-quality chemical raw materials via so-called isomerizing alkoxycarbonylation. This provides the foundation for the use ...

Jun 30, 2014 4 / 5 (4) 0

Sustainable algae cultivation making headway

Four years after the first optimistic calculations, the experimental cultivation of algae appears to be meeting expectations. Production costs have been more than halved, while the profit made on some crop components already ...

Jun 11, 2014 not rated yet 1

Recycling the next generation

About 70 billion tons of raw materials are extracted world wide annually. That is twice as much as at the end of the 1970s. This trend is continuing โ€“ even with finite resources. One way to have enough ...

May 01, 2014 3.7 / 5 (3) 1

Sugar, not oil

No more oil โ€“ renewable raw materials are the future. This motto not only applies to biodiesel, but also to isobutene, a basic product used in the chemical industry. In a pilot plant researchers now want ...

Mar 21, 2014 5 / 5 (4) 0

Forest harvesting intensity varies in Europe

Forests provide us with essential raw materials and the demand for these materials is increasing. To meet this increasing demand, forestry faces the challenge of how to intensify management of the existing production forests ...

Feb 05, 2014 not rated yet 0