Weekly News Roundup

I just came back from a conference called Soaps, Detergents, Oleochemicals, and Personal Care (SODEOPEC) hosted by the American Oil Chemists Society in Orlando, Florida. One session from the conference was dedicated to green, sustainable and environmental issues which I’ll blog about next week.I also wanted to blog about my Disney World experience but I was forbidden to do so = (

For now here’s this week’s green news and there are definitely plenty of them to sort through:

BASF’s bioplastic stretches

BASF is raising the capacity of its bioplastic Ecoflex by 60,000 tons/year, which will start by 2010. Bioplastic growth, said BASF, is pegged at 20%/year.

Albemarle bags green tech
Albemarle is acquiring Sorbent Technologies, which Albemarle said will expand the company’s green solutions portfolio with Sorbent’s bromine-based mercury control technology. Last week, Albemarle also bags EU’s approval of the use of tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA), made and marketed by Albemarle as SAYTEX(R) CP-2000 flame retardant.

The beauty of cradle to cradle
Aveda said it is the first beauty company to receive cradle to cradle certification for four botanical ingredients: sandalwood oil from Australia, rose oil and lavender oil from Bulgaria and uruku from Brazil. The certification was assessed by the Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency (EPEA).

Another green thumbs up

Henkel’s epoxy-acrylic urethane coating system trademarked Aquence has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and California protection authorities for use in local plants. Henkel said it provides a 40 percent reduction in production-area footprint, improves paint shop flexibility, decreases energy consumptions, and eliminates heavy metal sludge.

Renewable greener resin
Ashland has now included Susterra bio-propanediol, a corn-based product of DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, to its ENVIREZ renewable-based resins. The resins are used to produce molded parts for the agricultural, marine and transportation industries.

There are several solar news that I came across but due to space constraint…By the way, is it just me or do I see an increasing number of Chinese companies dealing in the solar market? Let me know your thoughts on this…

Big bites on solar wafer
Chinese solar wafer producer ReneSola Ltd. is increasing its previously guided yearly output of 300 megawatts by 10-20 MW. This week, Rene Sola signed a 6-year supply deal with Chinese solar cells producer Shenzhen Topray Solar, and another 6-year wafer supply contracts with more solar cells producers, Ningbo Solar Electric Power Co., and Eoplly New Energy Technology.

The end of $1bn polysilicon plant
Chinese manufacturer of solar photovoltaic materials, Trina Solar, said it will discontinue its planned $1bn polysilicon production facility in Jiangsu Province. Projected favorable long-term of polysilicon supply is said to be the driver for the decision.

And in ICIS news (which requires subscription):
Cereplast’s CEO said they plan to increase their bioplastics capacity by 227,000 tons/year. The American Chemistry Council noted continued media coverage of the alleged health risks of bisphenol-A in food contact applications is overblown. President Bush launched a new emissions control initiative to halt greenhouse gas emissions growth in the US by 2025.

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