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Surfactant – 2009 Market Opportunity Study

stock cleaning productsSURFACTANTS
A Market Opportunity Study Update
Prepared for the United Soybean Board
By: Dwight Rust and Stephen Wildes

Surfactants or surface active agents are broadly defined as organic compounds that can enhance cleaning efficiency, emulsifying, wetting, dispersing, solvency, foaming/defoaming and lubricity of water-based compositions. The annual surfactant demand in the United States is estimated to be 7.7 billion pounds. The largest end use market for surfactants is household cleaning detergents. These are comprised of large volume, lower priced laundry and dishwashing detergent commodity products that account for roughly one-half of the U.S. surfactant market. “Specialty surfactants” are higher-priced, low-volume products used in a broad range of industrial and personal care market applications with annual demand estimated at 2 billion pounds or 26% of the total US surfactant market.
Surfactants are produced from petrochemical (synthetic) feedstocks or oleochemical
(natural) feedstocks. U.S. surfactant production is based on 40% petrochemical and 60%
oleochemical feedstocks. The basic petrochemical feedstocks are ethylene and benzene
which are derived from crude oil and converted to surfactant intermediates ethylene oxide
(EO), linear alkylbenzene (LAB) and detergent alcohols. The basic oleochemical
feedstocks are typically seed oils – palm and coconut – as well as tallow. Raw material
costs for these feedstocks are a prime determinant of surfactant pricing.

The U.S. surfactant market is extremely diverse and includes many primary product
manufacturing industries and segments which are described in this report. Surfactants are
used in formulated products to provide optimum performance.

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Soy Paper Chemicals – 2011 Market Opportunity Study

APS Board PicSOY CHEMICALS FOR PAPER PROCESSING A MARKET OPPORTUNITY STUDY September 2011
By: Connie Howe; Robina Hogan; Steve Wildes

The process of making paper, paperboard and tissues today is highly cost sensitive. The necessity for increasing productivity and quality, combined with environmental regulatory pressures, has resulted in an increased demand for pulp and paper chemical additives. The global market for pulp and paper chemicals is estimated to have been 51 million tons with a corresponding value of $17.8 billion in 2010. It is projected to rise to 58 million tons or $20 billion by the end of 2015. In North America, the demand for pulp and paper chemicals in 2010 was estimated to be 12.7 million tons or $4.4 billion, increasing to 13.9 million tons or $4.8 billion in 2015.

Pulp and paper continues to be the largest industry in demand for chemical additives. Even with the current economic downturn and the increasing reliance on electronic media curtailing paper use, specialty chemical consumption is still huge, leading to a very large opportunity for specialty chemical additives that impart strength/performance enhancements at a lower or equivalent cost of existing products. The industry has become very sensitive to the price stability of soy-based options compared to the volatility of existing petrochemical options and is seeking cost of use/performance data for new and innovative solutions for profitability in these markets. Basic pulp costs have also risen, leading to the need for alternate cellulose sources and greater use of additives to reduce wood pulp consumption without sacrificing performance

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Chemical Price Trends – 2010 Market Opportunity Study

WomanScientistThis report details and updates for the end of 2009 specific price changes for a variety of chemicals used to make a wide range of products that either are already being made from soy derivatives or could be made from soy derivatives if affordable technology were available. It also contrasts those changes with the more stable price of soybean oil and soy protein. The price trend report was first done for the United Soybean Board (USB) in 2005, and was updated in 2008. This report for 2010 includes for the first time the implications for soy in the fiber and surfactant market areas. A chart in the report tracks the price change for 15 years for soy oil and meal versus crude petroleum and natural gas as feedstocks for industrial chemical products.

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Soy-Based Green Building Products – 2010 White Paper

Dow Renuva ConstructionSoy materials for building construction are renewable,  environmentally friendly and ideal for green building.
Benefits as compared to petrochemical and other material stocks show a range of performance and environmental benefits.

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Soy-Based Asphalt Paving Products – 2012 Market Opportunity Study

Paving trials demonstrate soy-based sealer protects and extends pavement life, and makes it easier and less costly to apply.

RePLAYpic BBSJuly2009PAVING INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

U.S. asphalt production in 2010 was about 24 million tons with 85 percent used for road paving and 15 percent used for roofing (shingles). Asphalt is a viscous liquid bitumen residue of the petroleum oil refining process. Asphalt has been readilyavailable and cheap, but it is rapidly becoming less available and more costly as oil refiners upgrade distillation product mixes. The price of primary asphalt has risen from $100/ton to $430/ton since 2003. Major asphalt producers are large crude oil refiners such as BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell. Some large plants have been shut down, and two former manufacturers exited by selling their asphalt businesses.

Asphalt demand and production has declined from 35 million tons in 2007 due to recession in the economy, which has prevented prices from escalating further.

ASPHALT CEMENT

Petroleum-based asphalt cement is the black, bitumen binder that holds together  aggregate in paving asphalts and crushed granite in shingles. It constitutes about 6 percent of a paving asphalt and 28 percent of a shingle composition.

PAVING PRODUCTS

Asphalt cement is used in four types of paving products:

  1. Cutback Asphalt – 30 percent of market. Asphalt cement isdiluted with petroleum solvents (kerosene, gasoline, naphtha)to control viscosity and reduce cost. Use is declining due togrowing environmental regulation and escalating solventcosts. Petroleum solvent use in cutback asphalt in 2005 was256 million pounds.
  1. Foamed Asphalt – 10 percent of market. Hot asphalt cementwith cold water forms a thin film coating for soil stabilization.
  1. Emulsion Asphalt – 35 percent of market. Asphalt cementwith water and emulsifier to lower viscosity for cold paving. This use is growing due to positive economics andenvironmental impact.
  1. Superpave – 25 percent of market. Polymer-modifiedasphalt cement (PMAC) is growing because of superiorproduct performance in controlling pavement rutting andcracking and asphalt oxidation. However, Superpave productcost has escalated from $175/ton in 2003 to $650/ton.

Conventional PMAC is the primary competition for polymer-modified, soy-based asphalt cement. Despite severe cost escalation, industry demand for asphalt cement in paving will continue to grow modestly as the nation’s road system grows and maintenance paving and replacement needs continue.

It is estimated that the relative cost of paving one linear mile of highway is $15 million for concrete and $13 million for asphalt. The need for improved paving product performance technology is great, including the ability to cost-effectively recycle asphalt pavement. Most states have stockpiled millions of tons of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) that is reconstituted for repaving.

SOY-BASED ASPHALT CEMENT (SBAC)

BioSpan Technologies, Inc., Washington, Mo., has developed soy-based asphalt cement. It is a proprietary blend of biobased solvents in which many volumes of waste plastics can be dissolved. A typical formulation contains about 25 percent soy and 11 percent waste  styrene-butadiene polymers from foam flotation billets and ground tire rubber – materials that are unwanted in landfills.

SBAC PAVING PRODUCTS

BioSpan has developed a line of road paving, restoration and patching products based on  this technology that contain the new soy solvents and other biosolvents.

RePLAY™ Pavement restorer and protective coating. It is a low-heat spray coating that dries quickly, reverses oxidation, extends pavement life and costs less than petroleum oil seal products.

ACTIVATE™ Asphalt millings (RAP-reclaimed asphalt pavement) restorer. It can be sprayed on and mixed with millings then repaved cold.

C-Patch™ Asphalt cement product with fiberglass and aggregate for concrete patching.

SBAC COST-PERFORMANCE

The cost-effectiveness of BioSpan’s new soy-based asphalt cement is creating a growing market demand. Over 80,000 miles of paving trials in many states and Canada have demonstrated superior performance compared with conventional asphalt in pavement protection, extended pavement life and ease and cost of application. RePLAY™ pavement restorer costs about one seventh of the price of conventional asphalt to apply. Paving with SBAC requires much less heating – 250° F versus 350° F for conventional asphalt.

RePLAY™ also dries quickly in about 20 minutes without the tracking caused by  conventional asphalt. SBAC paving products cost less to produce. BioSpan estimates that manufacturing costs for SBAC are about one-third that of conventional asphalt due to lower raw material costs and lower production-process heating. The environmental impact of SBAC paving products is very positive beyond the energy savings in manufacturing and application. An independent Life Cycle Assessment in December 2008 determined that the use of RePLAY™ pavement restorer significantly reduced greenhouse gas, air pollutant and VOC emissions when compared with Reclamite™, the conventional petroleum-based asphalt cement product. For more information on BioSpan,

visit www.biospantech.com.

ROOFING MATERIALS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

Approximately 15 percent of primary asphalt cement production goes into the  manufacture of shingles and roll roofing. Shingles contain 28 percent asphalt cement that binds together ground granite and fiberglass reinforcing. Recent annual U.S. production of shingles was 150 million squares (bundles), which required 4.2 billion pounds of asphalt cement, the value of which, at $20 per square, was about $3 billion. The roofing market is currently in a housing slump with severe price escalation of petroleum feedstocks used in asphalt cement. The shingle recycling industry is growing. Reclaimed asphalt cement use is allowed up to 15 percent in road paving. Polymermodified asphalt cement is used primarily in shingles. Improved product performance technology is also needed in the roofing industry if it is cost-effective. A significant opportunity is available to recycle used shingles and replace asphalt cement in new improved-performance, soy-containing shingles.

SBAC ROOFING PRODUCTS

New soy solvents developed by BioSpan can be used to recycle roofing shingles and  manufacture new shingles by utilizing the asphalt cement described above. About 15 percent of petroleum asphalt cement production goes into roofing shingles. BioSpan’s asphalt cement contains about 25 percent soy. Conventional shingles produced currently have reduced asphalt content, which lowers costs but results in a shorter lifespan. There is, consequently, an excellent market opportunity to provide a longer-lasting shingle using BioSpan’s asphalt cement binder that does not oxidize nor degrade as quickly.

 

Soy-Based Toner Prints in Green

November, 2009

The development of soy ink remains one of the original success stories for soy-based products. The United Soybean Board’s (USB) new uses program funds the research and development behind new soy-based products, and contributed to the success of soy ink.

Commercial printers began using soy-based ink more than 20 years ago. Now, thanks, in part, to soybean checkoff funding, personal computer users can print with soy, too.

The product of a 10-plus-year partnership with the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC), Battelle Memorial Institute developed an environmentally friendly toner that contains soybean oil and can be used in select home and office printers.

West Point Products recently introduced its line of AgriTone remanufactured replacement laser toner cartridges. AgriTone cartridges print with a toner called BioBlack, made from renewable biobased ingredients, including soybean oil. Testing by Iowa State University, which conducts biocontent analysis for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found BioBlack to be 37 percent biobased, highest among all currently available toners.

“We are excited to be able to bring a product like AgriTone to market, which gives end users an opportunity to print in an environmentally friendly way,” said West Point Products CEO Tom Day. “This product has been several years in the making, and the commercial release is something we are very proud of.”

West Point Products’ cartridge manufacturing processes feature additional environmentally friendly processes. The company refills used cartridges and recycles raw materials used in its manufacturing processes. West Point Products says it remanufactures more than 1 million toner cartridges every year, which saves nearly 1 million gallons of oil. Additionally, West Point uses partially recycled materials to package the cartridges and recycles other supply chain elements such as pallets and toner bottles.

The process of bringing Battelle’s innovation to commercial fruition began when Advanced Image Resources, Inc. (AIR) licensed Battelle’s technology and began manufacturing BioRez®, the soy-based resin used to manufacture BioBlack.

“The question that end users should ask of themselves when considering toners made using BioRez is not ‘Why should I use this?’ but ‘Why not?'” says AIR CEO Tom Gandolfi. “Our technology is not only compatible with existing equipment, but is also cost-competitive, features outstanding performance and offers environmental benefits that original equipment manufacturers’ toners simply can’t match.”

To find out how you can buy AgriTone replacement toner cartridges and for a list of compatible printers, visit westpointproducts.com/agritonemain.aspx. For more information about BioRez, the biobased resin used to produce the toner in the AgriTone cartridges, visit air-toner.com.

 

Enjoy Dust Free Roads and Arenas, Thanks To Soybeans

With the help of the United Soybean Board (USB) and the soybean checkoff, novel soy-based products like dust suppressants are offering price-competitive, safe and enhanced-performance solutions to dust clouded landfills, quarries and construction sites. Having created a unique soy-based dust-suppressant formula, a company called Dustkill, Inc. has had great success also in river ports, rail yards, golf courses and park roads. The company has developed three formulas for three different types of terrain.

Paving the Way Around Town

Roadkill is one of a few successful soy-based dust suppressants on the market primarily used on all stone drives, lots, public roadways and golf cart paths. The U.S. Department of Agriculture-recommended biobased suppressant is made from 100 percent soy oil. There is no need to mix straight oil with water at the time of application. A single application with a truck, electric pump or garden hose will do the job. Once soy-based dust suppressants are sprayed they will bond to the dust so vehicles can drive on it immediately. These products only remain wet during application and will not run off due to rain. Applications last for an entire season and cover 36 square feet with one gallon.

Covering Things in the County

Dustkill’s Dustknocker formulation is primarily used on industrial haul roads and long stretches of country roadways. This soy-based oil is designed to be an additive for industry water trucks. The most popular benefits of soy-based dust suppressants include:

  • Less product with each successive application because it builds on itself.
  • Control of amount of water used in applications.
  • Reduces cost per gallon for subsequent applications.
  • Can be driven on immediately after application.
  • Tracking from automobile tires is minimal.
  • It is only wet during application and will not run off due to rain.

Ready to Get the Job Done Indoors

Arenapro is another novel formulation by Dustkill used primarily in indoor arenas. This organic dust suppressant is completely biodegradable, environmentally safe and created from soybean oil. Soy-based dust suppressants can be a permanent treatment for ground as there is no need to ever water again. There’s also no need to mix the formula with water. With the proper mixture of surfactant coat and condition, arena dust particles become too heavy to go airborne. Benefits include:

  • Permanently eliminates the use of water.
  • Instant improvement in air quality.
  • Will curb dust-related respiratory ailments suffered by many livestock.
  • It is salt free, which helps hooves retain moisture and it is natural and safe.

The standard coverage rate is based on two specific footing materials; coarse fill sand and shredded wood products mixed with a coarse sand. The finer and deeper the sand, the more product will be needed to cover the ground. USB continues to partner with companies to ensure success stories like Dustkill continue for biobased products. For more information on soy-based solvents, visit USB’s Soy Products Guide online at www.unitedsoybean.org/newuses.

DustKill

Innovative Approach To Dust ControlDUSTKILL is a soybean based dust suppressant. This agricultural product is completely biodegradable. Soybean oil is a more effective alternative to the traditional dust suppressants, calcium and magnesium chloride. Calcium and magnesium chloride are both water soluable. When it rains, they dissolve, and run-off could end up in your ground water.

When soybean oil is applied, it penetrates inches below the road’s surface and “bonds” with the bed material of the surface, and forms a protective shield for the road. This protective coating not only controls dust, but also stabilizes the road material so grading is required less frequently. This “bond” also reduces the pulverization of the raod therefore reducing the need for additional loads of gravel each year.

Clearly Superior To Other Suppressants

Unlike petroleum based dust control methods, soybean oil is biodegradable and will not contaminate water supplies. Additionally, soybean oil is non-corrosive and washes off easily with soap and water.

What Does This Mean To You

It means long-term savings in road and maintenance. It means protecting the environment by making use of one of our most abundant and renewable American resources. So, if you’re looking for a safe, cost effective, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to keep road dust down, this should settle it!

Quick and Easy Application, and Great Performance. That’s what you can expect from soybean oil.

Soybean oil is Good for Your Community

Not only does soybean oil control dust … it also does a great job for your community:

  • Soybean oil is biodegradable, unlike many other dust control agents that can migrate and contaminate surrounding soil and water.
  • Soybean oil is locally grown and produced. When you use soybean oil, you’re supporting the agricultural community.
  • Soybean oil is a renewable American resource. It’s not only good for the environment today, it can keep working for you for years to come.

Proven Performance

Even in high-traffic areas where semi-trailers and school buses kick up clouds of dust, soybean oil does the job. Soybean oil penetrates the road surface to a depth of one inch, binding loose gravel to the limestone dust and forming a compacted surface.

  • Road surfaces need only light grading prior to application.
  • Soybean oil is non-corrosive to metals and cleans up quickly with liquid soap.

Save Money

Soybean oil is a hardworking dust supressant. It is extremely cost-effective:

  • One application of soybean oil holds road gravel in place through a long, dry summer into late fall, meaning big savings in labor and equipment wear and tear.
  • Using soybean oil eliminates road grading, further reducing your labor and equipment expenses.
  • In subsequent years, you may be able to eliminate an application or reduce the rate of the first year without loss in dust control.

 

Commercial

  • Unpaved Roads
  • Gravel Roads
  • Alleys
  • Quarries
  • Construction Sites
  • Mines
  • Truck Terminals
  • Steel Mills
  • Generating Stations
  • Federal Parks
  • State Parks
  • Community Parks
  • Lumber Yards
  • Saw Mills
  • Commercial Parking Lots
  • Railroad Yards
  • Equipment Storage Areas
  • Campgrounds
  • Fairgrounds
  • Airports
  • Dirt Race Tracks
  • Horse Tracks
  • Stockpiles
Residential

  • Driveways
  • Access Roads
  • Outdoor Horse Arenas
  • Indoor Horse Arenas
  • Alleys
  • Residential Parking Areas
  • Equipment Storage Areas

About Dustkill | Why Use It? | Applications
Home

Dustkill East
150 Cherry Hill RD
Ronks, PA 17572
Cell Phone: 717-629-3870
Fax: 717-455-9403
E-mail: jack@dust-kill.com

Jack coleman

Dustkill West
7604 Freedom Woods Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46259
Phone: 877-350-2645
Fax: 812-579-5205
E-mail: dstriete@aol.com

Dustkill LLC.
6921 East 600 North
Columbus, IN 47203
(317) 446-7672
1(877) 350-2645

 

Dustkill LLC is a full service dust control company. Founded in 1994, the company started applying dust control for small residential accounts. Within a few years we expanded to industrial, military, and commercial accounts. Our client list includes such leading companies as: PC Synthetic Fuels of Indiana and Kentucky, Thomson Consumer Electronics, General Motors, Dietrich Industries, Allied Waste, OFS Styline, IMI, and Celadon Trucking. We pride ourselves in offering effective, safe, and unique products. We operate on a large repeat business roster and a strong reference network. Our advertising is modest and we do not have a sales staff. The products we offer are available only through us or one of our few licensed distributors. There are enormous differences in soya and vegetable type oils. When you purchase one of our products you can be assured it is field proven and is specifically designed to control dust. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and keep you as a regular customer.
Innovative Approach To Dust ControlDUSTKILL is a soybean based dust suppressant. This agricultural product is completely biodegradable. Soybean oil is a more effective alternative to the traditional dust suppressants, calcium and magnesium chloride. Calcium and magnesium chloride are both water soluable. When it rains, they dissolve, and run-off could end up in your ground water.

When soybean oil is applied, it penetrates inches below the road’s surface and “bonds” with the bed material of the surface, and forms a protective shield for the road. This protective coating not only controls dust, but also stabilizes the road material so grading is required less frequently. This “bond” also reduces the pulverization of the raod therefore reducing the need for additional loads of gravel each year.

Clearly Superior To Other Suppressants

Unlike petroleum based dust control methods, soybean oil is biodegradable and will not contaminate water supplies. Additionally, soybean oil is non-corrosive and washes off easily with soap and water.

What Does This Mean To You

It means long-term savings in road and maintenance. It means protecting the environment by making use of one of our most abundant and renewable American resources. So, if you’re looking for a safe, cost effective, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to keep road dust down, this should settle it!

Quick and Easy Application, and Great Performance. That’s what you can expect from soybean oil.

Soybean oil is Good for Your Community

Not only does soybean oil control dust … it also does a great job for your community:

  • Soybean oil is biodegradable, unlike many other dust control agents that can migrate and contaminate surrounding soil and water.
  • Soybean oil is locally grown and produced. When you use soybean oil, you’re supporting the agricultural community.
  • Soybean oil is a renewable American resource. It’s not only good for the environment today, it can keep working for you for years to come.

Proven Performance

Even in high-traffic areas where semi-trailers and school buses kick up clouds of dust, soybean oil does the job. Soybean oil penetrates the road surface to a depth of one inch, binding loose gravel to the limestone dust and forming a compacted surface.

  • Road surfaces need only light grading prior to application.
  • Soybean oil is non-corrosive to metals and cleans up quickly with liquid soap.

Save Money

Soybean oil is a hardworking dust supressant. It is extremely cost-effective:

  • One application of soybean oil holds road gravel in place through a long, dry summer into late fall, meaning big savings in labor and equipment wear and tear.
  • Using soybean oil eliminates road grading, further reducing your labor and equipment expenses.
  • In subsequent years, you may be able to eliminate an application or reduce the rate of the first year without loss in dust control.

 

Commercial

  • Unpaved Roads
  • Gravel Roads
  • Alleys
  • Quarries
  • Construction Sites
  • Mines
  • Truck Terminals
  • Steel Mills
  • Generating Stations
  • Federal Parks
  • State Parks
  • Community Parks
  • Lumber Yards
  • Saw Mills
  • Commercial Parking Lots
  • Railroad Yards
  • Equipment Storage Areas
  • Campgrounds
  • Fairgrounds
  • Airports
  • Dirt Race Tracks
  • Horse Tracks
  • Stockpiles
Residential

  • Driveways
  • Access Roads
  • Outdoor Horse Arenas
  • Indoor Horse Arenas
  • Alleys
  • Residential Parking Areas
  • Equipment Storage Areas

About Dustkill | Why Use It? | Applications
Home

Dustkill East
150 Cherry Hill RD
Ronks, PA 17572
Cell Phone: 717-629-3870
Fax: 717-455-9403
E-mail: jack@dust-kill.com

Dustkill West
7604 Freedom Woods Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46259
Phone: 877-350-2645
Fax: 812-579-5205
E-mail: dstriete@aol.com

Biobased Asphalt Restorer

Extends Road Life, Saves Taxpayers’ Dollars

Biobased Asphalt Restorer

“Saving money by extending the life of an asphalt highway, street, bike path and parking lot is what pavement managers need to be looking at,” says Robert Cummins, newly retired pavement manager for the State of Ohio’s Department of Transportation’s District 7.

“The average life of an asphalt roadway around here is 10-12 years.  But if you use a restorer with soy as its active ingredient right after the asphalt is placed, you automatically extend the pavement life. Further, if you re-treat the same road in four or five years, you add even more life to it.

“It’s cost effective,” says Cummins.  “Even if the cost is eighty-five cents or a dollar a square yard, it pays off if it extends the pavement life an additional two years. If you can extend up to five years, which it usually does, you’re really getting a great return for that investment,” he concludes.

Biorestor®, made by Asphalt Systems, Inc. (ASI) in Ohio, is an alternative to petroleum-based road restorer products. It has a 95% biobased content and uses soy as its active ingredient. Users have found it works in a variety of applications. Some apply the product immediately after laying down the asphalt, some at a later date, and some even use it to “rescue” an older road.

Franklin, Ohio Township Trustee Roger Schultz recalls a product demonstration conducted by ASI’s Michael Freisthler.  “He poured two identical size samples of fine sand — one on a Biorestor-treated surface and another one on an untreated surface. He then took a hockey puck and smoothed the sand into a circle on each area. When measuring the area, it showed the treated sand area covered an area 30 percent larger.  This was due to less surface deterioration on the treated road surface.”

Freisthler explains that according to the National Center for Asphalt Technology, surface loss, or ravel, is the first sign of pavement failure. The demonstration he showed Schultz is actually an ASTM 965 Pavement Macro Texture test used in comparing pavement treatments and untreated pavements surfaces.  Because ravel is the first sign of failure, this test helps determine the effect Biorestor can have.

In Ohio’s Auglaize County, German Township Trustee David Albers says that in his area asphalt that is treated with the sealer develops fewer cracks. “That means that when you completely resurface the road later, there are no cracks that show and eventually surface in the repaved road. By following this procedure, we can make asphalt roads last for up to 20 years.”

“Two other aspects of Biorestor we like, in addition to the fact it works, is that it’s less toxic to the environment than petroleum-based sealers and it’s made using soybeans that grow right alongside the very roads it protects. We think it’s great that we can support our many local soybean growers,” says Albers.

Hundreds of miles south at The Villages, Fla., District Property Management Director Sam Wartinbee has returned to using Biorestor on the community’s 120 miles of roads plus golf cart and walking paths.  For many residents, a golf cart is the main mode of transportation. The Villages administration had used the product in the past, switched to a non-biobased product and found they preferred Biorestor, according to Wartinbee.

Biobased Asphalt Restorer 2

Biorestor qualifies for mandatory federal purchasing because it meets the requirements of the USDA-designated biobased category for asphalt restorers and the product also carries the USDA Certified Biobased Product label.
Biorestor is available on the GSA Schedule: GS-21F-132AA
For more information, go to www.biorestor.com or contact Michael Freisthler at mike@asi-road.com or at 888-743-7319.

USB Partner BioSpan Wins Small Business Honor for Biobased Companies

July, 2010

BioSpan BBS 2008One longtime partner of the United Soybean Board (USB) recently won the Best of Business Washington Award from the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA), earning recognition from the White House. BioSpan Technologies, which uses soy in its RePLAY product, won the award for biobased research product development and marketing.

Each year, the USCA identifies companies that achieve exceptional marketing success in their local business communities and prove to be good examples of small businesses that exemplify service to their customers and communities. The award, which BioSpan won for the second consecutive year, came with a White House reception in May to honor excellence in small business.

USB remains committed to funding research and development of new soy-based products as a way of increasing demand for U.S. soy. Every year, dozens of new soy-based products that USB supported reach the marketplace.

USB provided funding to BioSpan to develop RePLAY, an asphalt sealer and preservation agent that can extend the life of a paved surface. RePLAY contains 88 percent biobased content, including soy. Since being commercialized, RePLAY has been applied on a variety of surfaces throughout the country, including highways, parking lots and even U.S. Air Force base runways. Additionally, USB supported BioSpan in developing 23 new soy-based solvents, which the company continues to push through the patent process.

According to BioSpan President and CEO Sheldon Chesky, these products would not have been possible without support from USB on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers.

“USB helps make the impossible possible,” Chesky said. “USB provides support – both physical and fiscal – and guidance to help small businesses research, develop and, ultimately, commercialize soy-based products.” Like USB, BioSpan believes soy can play a major role in developing more sustainable biobased industrial and consumer products that generally outperform their more hazardous petrochemical-based counterparts.

“We’re very committed to biobased products that are friendlier to the environment and the people using the products,” Chesky said. “When properly formulated, many biobased products bring improved performance over petrochemical products.”

To learn more about RePLAY® and other

Soy-based Shoreline Cleaner May Help Gulf Clean-up

July, 2010

TCytoSol dissolving Crude Oil off beach (2)he recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico presents a challenge, but soy looks to be part of the solution, and potentially part of the clean-up efforts. Soy-based products represent environmentally friendly potential options to help clean up the oil spill. The United Soybean Board (USB) and the soybean checkoff help fund research for new products and uses for soy.

CytoSol™ Biosolvent, using a soy-based shoreline cleaner process, from CytoCulture International, helps clean up spills and other environmental challenges. Grants provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded the development of CytoSol to assist with heavy petroleum spills on coastal areas with large marine life presence. CytoSol provides a non-toxic, environmentally friendly solution to help clean shore lines.

“The soy-derived ‘biosolvent’ is much better than using petrochemicals in this process because it has much lower toxicity to the marine and aquatic environments, has more effective solvent properties, especially on weathered oil, contains no hazardous petroleum distillates; as a result, it is non-flammable and safer to handle for workers because it lacks the dangerous vapors associated with petroleum solvents,” says Randall von Wedel, founder and principal biochemist for CytoCulture International. The process uses the CytoSol biosolvent formulated with methyl esters of vegetable oils and animal fats, along with nutrients to enhance the biodegradation of residual hydrocarbons. The methyl esters have a strong solvent activity capable of dissolving weathered crude oil from shoreline habitats including marshes. The product lifts and floats the dissolved oil onto the water surface for easier recovery with conventional skimmer and boom technologies. Recovered oil/CytoSol mixtures can be recycled as a fuel, showcasing its green practices even further.

“The amount of soybean oil in CytoSol varies with location and circumstances, but soy methyl esters can constitute over 97% of the product, depending on the most available product in a region” says von Wedel. “We always buy the raw material (B100 or 100 percent methyl esters) from reputable biodiesel plants that meet BQ 9000 quality specifications and blend it into the CytoSol at our local distribution centers.” In response to the potential shoreline effect of the recent oil spill, CytoSol BioSolvent is strategically staged in New Orleans, and available for supply to spill clean up response teams. CytoCulture International has shipped two 275-gallon totes so far: one for decontamination of oiled ships via the Tampa Unified Command and one to CINC Industries to facilitate the thinning of emulsified oil and cleaning the equipment they tested for BP in May. Meanwhile the Coast Guard is reviewing documentation prior to setting up field trials. Another BP Contractor, M-I SWACKO in Houston, is testing the CytoSol as part of their oiled beach clean-up process using huge machines that separate oil from sand. They indicated they would purchase 30,000 gallons of product if the test results are favorable.

CytoSol BioSolvent has helped remove oil from several sites in the past 16 years, including ship cleaning during the final de-contamination efforts and testing it to clean oiled rocky shores on San Francisco Bay during an oil spill in 2007. Most recently, a punctured pipeline in Salt Lake City resulted in spilling 33,000 gallons of crude oil into city waterways and down Red Butte Creek, which connects to the Jordan River and drains into the Great Salt Lake. Chevron Corporation has requested CytoSol drums be shipped to help with the cleanup process. Chevron crews apply the CytoSol to flush crude off the banks of the river with an overflow of water after letting the CytoSol soak in and dissolve, then release the crude oil.

“USB funding helped in conducting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California state marine toxicity studies that allowed the product to be listed on the EPA’s Schedule of Products for shoreline cleaning,” says von Wedel. “The product is licensed in the State of California as a shoreline cleaning agent that can be used over the water.”

To learn more about CytoSol visit www.cytoculture.com and the more recent site at www.cytosolbiosolvent.com. To learn more about soy products and new uses for soy visit www.soynewuses.org.

 

 

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