Weekly News Roundup

Time flies when you have so much news to work on, and in the green world, journalists are bombarded by it. Here are this week’s news roundup :

EPA says switch them out
To date, one million switches, which contains minute amount of mercury, have been removed from scrapped vehicles through the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program formed by the Environmental Protection Agency and several auto-related industry groups. The EPA said significant amount of mercury emissions can be released if mercury switches are not removed from retired vehicles.

Critical biomass of investment
The US Dept. of Agriculture and the Dept. of Energy will invest up to $18.4m for 21 biomass R&D and demonstration projects. The technologies developed is expected to lead to production of biobased products and fuels.

Lanxess’ bright idea
Specialty chemicals group Lanxess and solar modules manufacturer CetroSolar have developed a cheaper production method for photovoltaic modules. The technology is based on a new ethylene vinyl acetate that encases the solar modules.

More sulfur sweepers for DuPont
DuPont starts up its clean technologies facilities in El Paso, Texas, and in Linden, New Jersey, that provide spent sulfur acid regeneration and sulfur gas recovery services to the petroleum refining industry. DuPont says it can transport refiners’ used sulfuric acid to the plants or the company can build, own and operate an on-site facility adjacent to their refinery.

Lithium energized
Valence Technology of Texas will expand production capacity of its lithium phosphate battery packs, while the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory signed a licensing deal with Toda Kogyo of Japan for the commercial production and sales of Argonne’s patented composite cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries .

And from ICIS News (which required subscription…):

Brazil’s Nova Petroquimica plans to produce glycerine-based polypropylene plastic within 2-3 years time. A US Congresswoman passed a bill seeking to close four chlor-alkali plants that still use older mercury cell technology. An a proposed US climate change bill pending in Congress could negatively impact the US economy, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (this particular article is free!).



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