23 May '11, 1pm

Biofuel Firms Expand into Beauty, Nutraceutical Products

Underscoring that move, start-up Verdezyne recently announced BP Alternative Energy Ventures and Dutch chemicals company DSM will help it bankroll a pilot plant to make adipic acid, which is used to make carpet fiber or plastic feedstocks. The process, which uses genetically engineered yeasts, will be more environmentally benign and cheaper than using oil to make ethanol. Amyris , a Brazilian biofuels and "renewable chemical" firm, also announced it will build a factory to make farnesene, a hydrocarbon used to make cosmetics and lubricants, to hedge its bioenergy franchise. Heather Youngs, a bioenergy analyst at the Energy Biosciences Institute at UC Berkeley , expects this trend to continue as biofuel firms look for ways to lift profits "It's a good short-term solution around the industry's cost problems," she said. "Some of these by-products have much better profitabilit...

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