NGOs demand release of REACH studies submitted as confidential under TSCA

Chemical Watch | December 20, 2018

A coalition of NGOs has filed a public records request demanding the release of REACH studies submitted to the US EPA under TSCA that are being withheld as confidential. And the NGO action could represent an early test to the EPA's interpretation of what types of information can be protected as CBI under the law. At issue is the first of ten draft risk evaluations issued under the reformed TSCA, which focuses on pigment violet 29. Released to some controversy last month, the draft proposes to conclude that the substance does not pose an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment.

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Fulcrum BioEnergy Completes $20 Million Investment With SK Innovation

Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. | July 13, 2022

Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., a clean energy company pioneering the creation of renewable, drop-in transportation fuels from landfill waste, today announced that it has completed a $20 million equity investment in Fulcrum by SK Innovation, the energy arm of South Korea's SK Group. In addition, Fulcrum and SK Innovation will work together to enter into an exclusive licensing agreement providing the opportunity to explore the possibilities of bringing Fulcrum's patented and proprietary waste-to-fuel process to South Korea and select countries in Asia. SK Innovation, which contributes to South Korea's energy security and economic development, operates South Korea's largest refinery as well as petrochemical, e-mobility battery and information electronic materials businesses. This is the second investment that SK Group has made in Fulcrum, following its participation in a $50 million equity round in December 2021 by SK Inc. "This investment signals another strong vote of confidence in Fulcrum's proprietary waste to fuels process following the recent operational achievement of producing syngas from landfill waste at our Sierra BioFuels Plant. The team at SK Innovation have been at the forefront of shepherding South Korea into a green energy future. We look forward to our continued partnership as we explore the many possibilities ahead of us in Asia." Eric Pryor, Fulcrum's President and Chief Executive Officer This expanded partnership and investment comes on the heels of the company completing the commissioning and initial operations of its inaugural biorefinery, the Sierra BioFuels Plant located east of Reno, Nevada. In May, the company demonstrated its ability to transform landfill waste feedstock into a syngas, laying the groundwork for Fulcrum to move on to the final step in its waste to fuels process, converting the syngas into liquid fuel. Beyond Sierra, Fulcrum has also announced plans for additional plants as it seeks to scale up its production and address critical and urgent environmental issues – the reduction of carbon emissions from the aviation industry, of garbage sent to landfills and of the nation's dependence on foreign oil. About Fulcrum Based in Pleasanton, California, Fulcrum is leading the development of a reliable and efficient process for transforming waste into net-zero carbon transportation fuels, including sustainable aviation fuel and diesel. The Company's innovative process, which utilizes landfill waste as a feedstock, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 100% compared to traditional fuel production, contributing to the aviation and transportation sectors' carbon reduction goals. Beginning with the Sierra BioFuels Plant, Fulcrum's plants will provide customers with low-carbon drop-in fuel that is competitively priced with traditional petroleum fuel. The Company is advancing on its large commercial growth program of net-zero carbon waste-to-fuels plants across North America with a planned production capacity of approximately 400 million gallons per year. Fulcrum, a privately held company, has aligned itself and entered into strategic relationships with industry leaders in the waste, aviation and energy sectors to further strengthen and accelerate the Company's patented and proprietary approach to commercially producing large volumes of renewable fuel from landfill waste.

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Hexagon successfully acquires 40 percent stake in Cryoshelter, unlocking new opportunities for Hexagon Agility and Hexagon Purus

Hexagon Agility | August 02, 2022

On 21 April 2022 Hexagon Composites and Hexagon Purus announced that it signed an agreement to acquire a 40% stake in Cryoshelter GmbH, an Austria based company specialized in the development of cryogenic tank technology for liquid natural gas and liquid hydrogen. Hexagon is pleased to announce that the transaction has been successfully completed, and Hexagon Composites now owns 40% of Cryoshelter's LNG/RLNG business, with options to buy remaining interests over the next 3-10 years. Hexagon Purus has also completed the acquisition of its previously announced 40% stake in Cryoshelter’s LH2 business. The Hexagon Group today provides compressed natural gas including renewable natural gas (RNG), compressed hydrogen and battery-electric systems as part of its portfolio of clean fuel vehicle solutions. Liquid storage of (renewable) natural gas and hydrogen will add a new dimension to its existing offering, complementing its portfolio and unlocking new opportunities for Hexagon Agility and Hexagon Purus, respectively. Commercializing and Industrializing Cryoshelter Tanks The Hexagon and Cryoshelter partnership will accelerate Cryoshelter’s existing LNG/RLNG technology and production capability and use the LNG technology platform to further develop LH2 solutions for the heavy-duty transportation sector. “Cryoshelter’s disruptive technology will further strengthen our efforts to drive decarbonization of heavy-duty vehicles, with a special emphasis on the European market where clean, energy efficient cryogenic LNG/RLNG fuels are needed due to limited space on trucks,” says Seung Baik, President Hexagon Agility. “We are excited to be working together with Cryoshelter to further develop the technology and scale up the business over the coming years.” “The investment into Cryoshelter’s early phase LH2 tank technology brings expertise in LH2 tank technology for zero emission mobility applications and could potentially result in a future complementary offering to Hexagon Purus’ leading compressed hydrogen cylinder technology,” Morten Holum, CEO Hexagon Purus “We are excited to team up with Hexagon as they bring industrial expertise, a global presence and customer potential to escalate the scale up of our operations,” says Dr. Matthias Rebernik, CEO and Founder of Cryoshelter. “Hexagon’s investment into our company is proof of confidence in our state-of-the-art technology.” Cryoshelter is split into separate legal entities for the LNG/RLNG and LH2 businesses. Hexagon Agility and Hexagon Purus will take two seats each on the respective boards of Cryoshelter’s two businesses. Expanding clean fuel options for commercial trucks In contrast with North America, where compressed natural gas is the primary natural gas technology for long-haul trucking, LNG/RLNG has emerged as the leading natural gas alternative in Europe due to a significant infrastructure network, favorable cost position and preferred truck configuration. Over the last several years, the number of new LNG truck registrations and fueling stations have increased significantly, and higher growth is expected over the next decade as fleet operators are opting for readily available, cost competitive fuels with immediate emission saving potential such as biomethane (or RNG). In liquid form, natural gas has a higher energy density. Cryoshelter’s technology will leverage this energy density to better utilize vehicle frame rail space and provide a driving range that is comparable to diesel. Supported by European legislation, it is expected that renewable natural gas, alongside battery-electric and fuel cell-electric technologies will play a key role in the efforts to decarbonize the commercial transportation sector in Europe. Liquid hydrogen, a compelling future alternative Hydrogen is gathering strong momentum as a key energy transition pillar towards zero emission, and is underpinned by a global shift of regulators, investors, and consumers increasingly focused on decarbonization. It has become clear that hydrogen will play a key role in decarbonizing “hard to abate” sectors. Liquid hydrogen storage technology can offer higher energy density compared to compressed hydrogen storage, and in space and/or payload-constrained applications, such as certain heavy-duty trucking applications, shipping, commercial aviation, and aerospace, it could be a compelling future alternative.

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West Virginia State University and Chemours Partner to Advance Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Education

Chemours Company | August 25, 2022

West Virginia State University and The Chemours Company istry company, have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the advancement of chemistry and chemical engineering education, and workforce development. As part of the partnership, Chemours will provide internships and co-op opportunities for WVSU students and work with WVSU on efforts to increase interest in STEM education at the elementary and high school levels. Chemours will also provide funding for research-related, STEM, or workforce development projects involving students and faculty, as well as scholarship opportunities. WVSU will participate in STEM outreach efforts with Chemours and co-host campus seminars for recruiting efforts for intern, co-op, and permanent roles. Additionally, as part of the three-year agreement, WVSU and Chemours will look for opportunities to pursue government funding in areas of mutual interest. “We are excited to engage in this partnership with one of the world’s leading chemical companies because of the opportunities it will provide our students and faculty. This partnership will benefit not only Chemours and WVSU, but the state of West Virginia through providing advanced knowledge of the growing STEM fields to middle and high school students who will be the workforce of tomorrow. We thank Chemours for including WVSU as part of its commitment to build a sustainable talent pipeline to support the STEM workforce.” WVSU President Ericke S. Cage “Shaping the future of the world through the power of chemistry requires great innovators and problem solvers from all backgrounds. Chemours is committed to ensuring more students have exposure and access to STEM education and professional development opportunities, in hopes that one day they join us in helping to create a better world through the power of our chemistry,” said Randal King, Vice President of Technology for Chemours. “We look forward to sharing our passion for chemistry as we engage and deepen our relationship with the students and faculty at WVSU.” About The Chemours Company The Chemours Company is a global leader in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. We deliver customized solutions with a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals products for markets, including coatings, plastics, refrigeration and air conditioning, transportation, semiconductor and consumer electronics, general industrial, and oil and gas. Our flagship products include prominent brands such as Ti-Pure™, Opteon™, Freon™, Teflon™, Viton™, Nafion™, and Krytox™. The company has approximately 6,400 employees and 29 manufacturing sites serving approximately 3,200 customers in approximately 120 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC. About West Virginia State University West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission

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QunaSys co-hosts industry, government leaders for Pistoia Alliance Global Knowledge-Sharing virtual event

QunaSys Inc. | July 05, 2022

QunaSys, a global leader in the development of innovative quantum algorithms in chemistry and a Pistoia Alliance member company, will co-host the Pistoia Alliance Global Knowledge-Sharing event held on July 7, which will bring together scientific, business and government leaders from Japan and around the world to improve innovation in health and the life sciences. The Pistoia Alliance is a global, not-for-profit alliance that works to lower barriers to innovation in life science and healthcare R&D. The Alliance has organized these webinars to provide specific examples of where its pre-competitive collaboration model of shared-risk and shared-reward can bring value and support to improve life sciences and health through science and innovation. Quantum computing is one of the technologies that is positioned to make dramatic improvements in the fields of health and the life sciences, particularly in the field of pharma. QunaSys CEO and co-founder Tennin Yan will discuss emerging use cases and how quantum is poised to impact the future of pharma R&D. He will participate on the future of pharma R&D panel discussion, which will be facilitated by John Bolger, CEO of Matador, a Pistoia Alliance member company, along with industry experts from Daiichi Sankyo, Preferred Networks and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation and the Pistoia Alliance. About QunaSys Inc. QunaSys is the world's leading developer of innovative algorithms in chemistry focused on accelerating the development of quantum technology applicability. QunaSys enables maximization of the power of quantum computing through its advanced joint research that addresses cutting-edge technologies providing Qamuy™, the most powerful quantum chemical calculation cloud software; fostering development of collaboration through QPARC industry consortium; and working with research institutions from academia and government. QunaSys software runs on multiple technology platforms with applicability in all chemical related industries to boost quantum computing adoption.

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