Weekly News Roundup

The blog is going to be off on Monday celebrating Memorial Day in the US, and Bank Holiday in the UK. To quell readers’ disappointments, here are some of this week’s news roundup to fill your green needs until the blog returns.

Hot R&D center
Dow Corning opened its new $3m solar module and assembly application center in Freeland, Michigan. The facility will collaborate with customers to develop, evaluate and pilot materials solutions used to manufacture solar panels.

Exclusive from SMF
Enviro Tech International chose SMF Energy to be the exclusive distributor of its DrySolv green cleaning solvents, soap and spotting chemicals in the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The products are used in drycleaning application.

Sun power in Asia
California-based solar systems manufacturer SunPower will build a more than 1 gigawatt/year solar cell fabrication plant in Malaysia. The company recently completed its new 1.4-megawatt solar electric power plant project in Hampyeong, South Korea.

The First Facilities
The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) certified its first facilities to complete all required steps of the group’s Chemstewards review cycle. The facilities are from Synthetech (in Oregon), Noramco (Georgia and Delaware), Siegfried (New Jersey), and ESCO Company (Michigan).

China’s arsenic absorber
Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered that the Chinese brake fern, Pteris vittata, has the ability to collect heavy metals, mainly arsenic, from contaminated soil, according to this report. The ferns can help clean up heavy-metal polluted soil near China’s 280,000 mines.

Lehigh demand
Lehigh Technologies is expanding its ultra-fine rubber powder facility in Georgia by an additional 60,000 sq. ft. The facility has the capacity to annually recycle more than six million scrap tires into rubber powder that can be used as a substitute for petroleum based materials.

In ICIS News (which requires subscription):
Praxair will supply XsunX with industrial gas for the company’s photovoltaic solar manufacturing facility in Oregon. Chinese producers do not see optimistic outlook for nonwoven fabric bag despite Beijing’s incoming plastic bag ban. California’s bisphenol-A ban bill proposal faces steeper challenges in the state’s Assembly. Alaska will file suit to reverse a US federal decision to list the polar bear as a threatened species.


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