Origin Materials, Inc. | June 08, 2022
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Origin Materials, Inc. the world’s leading carbon negative materials company with a mission to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials, in partnership with Professor Mark Mascal of the University of California, Davis its prestigious Green Chemistry Challenge Award in the category of Specific Environmental Benefit – Climate Change. Origin Materials and UC Davis together were one of just five 2022 Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners who were honored at a ceremony at the annual American Chemical Society Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference that is taking place in Reston, Virginia from June 6-8, 2022.
The award recognizes the technology behind Origin’s patented platform for turning the carbon found in sustainable wood residues into useful materials for a wide range of end products, including clothing, textiles, plastics, packaging, car parts, tires, carpeting, toys, and more, while capturing carbon in the process. At commercial scale, this novel chemistry is expected to produce sustainable and recyclable carbon negative materials at a fraction of the cost of other bio-based technologies, making “net zero” possible and helping customers in a wide range of industries to meet their ESG and decarbonization goals.
Origin Co-founder & Co-CEO John Bissell and Co-founder & CTO Ryan Smith began collaborating with Professor Mascal while earning degrees in Chemical Engineering at UC Davis over a decade ago.
“Origin’s vision is a world where carbon-negative products and materials are the rule, not the exception, and our technology was built around converting low-cost, non-food, and sustainable feedstock into decarbonized, supply chain ready materials. We are honored to earn the EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award in partnership with Professor Mascal and the University of California, Davis, as we deploy our platform technology to make ‘net zero’ a reality for a growing number of customers and partners around the world.”
Origin Materials Co-CEO John Bissell
“Tackling environmental challenges like climate change and the disproportionate impact of pollution in communities with environmental justice concerns is going to take creative and innovation solutions – and sustainable, green chemistry is a critical part of that,” said EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Deputy Assistant Administrator Jennie Romer. “Preventing waste, reducing energy use, and avoiding hazardous chemicals, all of which we’re recognizing with our awards today, demonstrate the power and potential green chemistry has to protect human health and the environment while providing benefits to businesses and our economy.”
The EPA recognizes green chemistry as the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation and use of hazardous substances. This year’s winners have developed new and innovative green chemistry technologies that provide solutions to significant environmental challenges, and spur innovation and economic development.
About Origin Materials
Headquartered in West Sacramento, Origin Materials is the world's leading carbon negative materials company. Origin’s mission is to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials. For over a decade, Origin has developed a platform for turning the carbon found in inexpensive, plentiful, non-food biomass such as sustainable wood residues into useful materials while capturing carbon in the process. Origin’s patented technology platform can help revolutionize the production of a wide range of end products, including clothing, textiles, plastics, packaging, car parts, tires, carpeting, toys, and more with a ~$1 trillion addressable market. In addition, Origin’s technology platform is expected to provide stable pricing largely decoupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on sustainable wood residues. Origin’s patented drop-in core technology, economics and carbon impact are supported by a growing list of major global customers and investors.
About EPA’s Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
Since the inception of the awards more than a quarter century ago, EPA and the American Chemical Society, which co-sponsor the awards, have received more than 1,800 nominations and presented awards to 133 technologies that decrease hazardous chemicals and resources, reduce costs, protect public health, and spur economic growth. Winning technologies are responsible for annually reducing the use or generation of hundreds of millions of pounds of hazardous chemicals and saving billions of gallons of water and trillions of British thermal units (BTUs) in energy.
Berkem | June 17, 2022
A specialist in integrating plant-based chemistry into everyday life — and the SOPREMA Group have made their collaboration official. This collaboration is aimed at marketing PAVATEX wood fibre insulating panels that incorporate a unique bio-based anti-fungal solution developed and formulated by Groupe Berkem. The solution's benefits include improved performance and resistance of insulation panels to microorganisms and increased durability. This is another illustration of Groupe Berkem's commitment to supporting the ecological transition of the construction industry.
As part of its R&D programme to increase the proportion of bio-based materials in its products, SOPREMA approached Groupe Berkem in order to integrate a low environmental impact bio-based treatment that resists microorganism growth into its complete range of PAVATEX wood fibre-based thermal insulation products for buildings.
Groupe Berkem has thus developed a unique fungicidal formula, incorporating a plant-based preservation process. This patented solution contains a polyphenolic extract used in a bio-based formulation, which enables SOPREMA to offer wood fibre panels that are more tolerant of both processing and durability conditions. This new range of insulating materials, which has been in testing for almost three years, will be available on the market by the first quarter of 2023. SOPREMA will propose the range to all building insulation professionals.
“The development of a unique solution that meets the needs of the market is the result of the collaboration between our two Groups and the pooling of our technical expertise. For Groupe Berkem, this collaboration agreement is part of our continuous commitment to supporting the transition of chemical substances to eco-responsible and bio-based solutions. Thus, the Group is reaffirming its position as a leader in plant-based chemistry serving manufacturers”
Olivier Fahy, Chairman and CEO of Groupe Berkem
“The SOPREMA Group provides high-performance, innovative and responsible solutions that meet the challenges of today's and tomorrow's buildings. The collaboration with Groupe Berkem is part of our global R&D strategy to increase the proportion of bio-based materials in our products. This partnership guarantees the optimal technical performance of our PAVATEX wood fibre panels and consolidates our position as a responsible player, particularly by introducing the 1st low impact solution to the market” added Pierre-Etienne BINDSCHEDLER, President of SOPREMA.
ABOUT GROUPE BERKEM
Founded in 1993, Groupe Berkem is an industrial chemical group organised into 4 business units and 4 subsidiaries: Plant Extraction (led by BERKEM SAS), Freeze-drying (EUROLYO), Formulation (ADKALIS) and Resin Synthesis (led by LIXOL). Groupe Berkem is a leading player in plant-based chemistry, with a mission to fast-track the ecological transition of players in the everyday chemical industry (cosmetics, food, construction, public hygiene, etc.) The Group employs nearly 165 people at its headquarters (Blanquefort, Gironde), and has 3 industrial sites located in Gardonne (Dordogne), La Teste-de-Buch (Gironde) and Chartres (Eure-et-Loir). Groupe Berkem has been listed on Euronext Growth Paris since December 2021.
SOPREMA is an independent family-owned group that dates back to 1908, and it is one of the world's leading companies in the field of protection, energy efficiency and building management.
As a responsible and pioneering manufacturer, the Group is now a key player in this sector. SOPREMA offers high-performance, high-tech solutions that meet all the challenges of new residential and non-residential construction and renovation. SOPREMA systems are developed in keeping with eco-design, and now offer exceptional performance in terms of quality and longevity. SOPREMA's vision: taking action to enhance the built heritage and comfort of users while reducing their impact on the environment.
Blue Water Petroleum Corp. | July 26, 2022
Blue Water Petroleum Corp announces that it has acquired 160 contiguous acres in Little Smoky, Alberta, Canada. The property is currently being used as a testbed and eventually will become a full-service facility for Blue Water. The facility processes oilfield wastewater using its licensed technology, into water that can be released into the environment and used for farming purposes; all in compliance with the Alberta Energy Regulator’s guidelines.
Blue Water has partnered with Hawkridge Water Solutions Inc. and as of July 25th 2022, has exclusively licensed HWS’s wastewater and cavitation system and will be constructing a commercially operational facility on the Little Smoky, Alberta property.
In these initial stages of the test, Blue Water receives deliveries of wastewater at the Little Smoky processing facility and is paid $8.00 CAD for each cubic meter it receives from its partner, Base Element Energy for the length of this pilot. The intent is to prove concept, scalability, and financial viability. Once the pilot is completed a Provisional Patent will be filed in North America.
The raw produced water will be stored and measured according to all Alberta Energy Regulator guidelines on the Property location.
The wastewater goes through three purification processes
Firstly the gels, polymers are removed using the acid/base solution that is required to separate out the honeycomb structures. From that solution any hydrocarbons are released that can be recaptured.
Secondly, water with no gels that could foul the membranes in a Reverse Osmosis process take the dissolved solids (mostly salts and chlorides) from the water. The backwash water is diluted with a Fresh Water tank and reintroduced back with the first process.
Thirdly, the water goes through a smaller cavitation system and through mixing valves. We introduce outside air fed from an air compressor system at 150 psi, before flowing through the mixing valves in the cavitation chamber. This air oxygenates the water because of cavitation the water molecules are very small and accept the air structure as they are naturally attracted. Now water can be flowed to our test vegetation area with continuous testing prior to being released for local wildlife and grazing cattle.
Our business strategy is to provide customized systems that are built to the customer’s specifications and can process 2500 m3 per unit in a 24 hour period. Systems of this capacity retail for approximately $2,000,000 CAD.
About Blue Water
Blue Water Petroleum Corp, is an upstream oil and gas investor and an environmental technology provider, with a proven executive and operations team who provides an attractive risk adjusted return for our shareholders and strategic partners.
Our team and subsequent capital allocations are dedicated to acquiring high quality income producing predictable long-life oil and gas assets with a high percentage of proved developed producing reserves and the implementation of environmental solutions for the oil and gas sector.
FMC Corporation | June 30, 2022
FMC Corporation an agricultural sciences company, announced a definitive agreement to acquire BioPhero ApS, a Denmark-based pheromone research and production company. The acquisition adds biologically produced state-of-the-art pheromone insect control technology to FMC's product portfolio and R&D pipeline, underscoring FMC's role as a leader in delivering innovative and sustainable crop protection solutions.
BioPhero has pioneered a highly efficient yeast fermentation process for manufacturing pheromones at significantly lower costs and with fewer production steps compared to competitors' traditional chemical synthesis methods. Lower costs expand the pheromone addressable market from today's focus on specialty fruit and vegetables to now include the large row crop market. FMC expects pheromones and pheromone-based products to contribute approximately $1 billion in revenue at above company-average EBITDA margin by 2030.
"This acquisition demonstrates our continuing commitment to invest in biologicals and adjacent technologies, expanding our world-class portfolio while advancing sustainable agriculture," said Mark Douglas, FMC president and chief executive officer. "BioPhero is a pioneer in the production of pheromones through a unique, highly efficient bioprocessing method—a game-changer in pheromone manufacturing technology. FMC's broad market access, leadership position in the high-value insecticide market, formulation know-how and application expertise provide significant opportunities to bring sustainably advantaged pheromone technology to more agricultural markets around the world. We look forward to adding an extensive pheromone platform to our biologicals business and welcoming the BioPhero team to FMC."
"BioPhero is excited by the opportunity to accelerate our development and the road to market with the objective to make pheromones widely available. Given FMC's leadership position in the development of biological plant health products, manufacturing and formulation expertise, and existing operations in Denmark, we believe FMC is an excellent company to take this business forward. FMC's global market access and significant investments in R&D will accelerate our ability to bring highly advanced pheromone insect control technology to growers around the world."
Dr. Irina Borodina, co-founder and chief scientific officer of BioPhero
Pheromones can be used in an integrated pest management program to control the buildup of insect populations in farmers' fields by disrupting the insect mating process, reducing overall egg-laying by adults and decreasing the next generation of the target insect population. Pheromones do not have an impact on the environment, promote biodiversity and do not harm beneficial insects, such as pollinators, since they precisely target specific pests.
"FMC directs 100 percent of its R&D investments to discover and develop more sustainable products," said Dr. Kathleen Shelton, FMC executive vice president and chief technology officer. "We're excited to add BioPhero's innovative pheromone molecules to our new product pipeline, and we expect to launch five new pheromone products over the next three to five years. The opportunities for advanced biomanufacturing technology extend well beyond insect control. Working together, we can significantly expand the use of fermentation technologies across a wider set of crops targeting a variety of pests, including fungi and weeds."
Novo Holding A/S, a world-leading science investor focused on creating long-term value, has supported BioPhero for six years. "Novo Holdings believes that biotechnology is a key component in the transition towards a more sustainable society," said Søren Møller, managing partner at Novo Holdings. "The technology developed by BioPhero is an excellent example of using nature's own pheromones to combat pests in a safe and yet efficient way. Novo Holdings has invested in BioPhero since inception and has renewed its commitment to the company in each financing round. We are very satisfied to see the rapid development of the company, and this sale demonstrates that FMC shares our vision of introducing new sustainable solutions in agriculture."
The purchase price of approximately $200 million will be paid at closing. Following regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the acquisition of BioPhero is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter 2022.