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Bioplastics DSM Engineering Plastics (Sittard, Netherlands; www.dsm.com) has introduced EcoPaXX, a biobased, high-performance engineering plastic that is said to have a zero carbon footprint (100% carbon neutral from cradle to grave). Approximately 70% of EcoPaXX is made from building blocks derived from Castor oil. Based on the long-chain polyamide (PA), PA 410, the new plastic features low moisture absorption and high (250°C) melting point — the highest of all bioplastics — and a high crystallization rate. Such properties make the material suitable for automotive and electrical applications. Weed-based biodiesel Biofuels Manufacturers of Illinois (BMI; Peoria, Ill.; www.bmibiodiesel.com) will develop, construct and operate a 45-MM gal/yr (expandable to 60-MM gal/yr) biodiesel plant, beginning construction as early as this month. In addition to using traditional crops, BMI is working on the development of pennycress as biodiesel feedstock. As a weed, pennycress is unconnected to the issue of growing food for fuel. It grows in the winter, allowing farmers to double crop yields. Pennycress contains 36% oil, twice that of soybeans, while an acre of pennycress can produce 115 gal of biodiesel — more than twice that…
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