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Big Company Tries to Replace Fossil Fuels in Chemicals


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DuPont, a huge chemical company, is trying to find ways to make some of the chemicals they need to produce without using fossil fuels. The company has put about $130 million behind work to get key ingredients out of carbohydrates – chemical building blocks that can be grown, rather than hydrocarbons like oil.

The $130 million research budget for this "greener" approach may seem like a lot of money, but it's only 10 percent of the company's $1.3 billion overall research budget, and DuPont, while it's not alone, is definitely a leader among big chemical companies in trying the "greener" way.

You can read more about DuPont's efforts in biotechnology at http://www2.dupont.com/Biotechnology/en_US/index.html.

Another interesting effort in "green" is the Chicago Center for Green Technology, at http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Environment/GreenTech/.

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