Weekly News Roundup

This week saw a lot of news from the biofuel sector, which I left to my co-blogger Simon Robinson to dissect and analyze. Congratulations as well to Simon for reaching his 1000th post!

To catch up (my fourth post today), here’s our green roundup covering from superfruits to clean coal.

More solar power in Nevada
First Solar will build a 10 megawatt photovoltaic power plant for Sempra Generation near Boulder City, Nevada. The project will be completed by the end of the year.

Green phytochemicals

Chromadex has licensed a green chemistry technology from the Research Foundation of the State University of New York to produce and market plant-based ingredients for nutraceutical, functional food, beverage, natural chemical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

Chilean waste-based energy
W2 Energy and Cobal Chile S.A. will build two waste-to-energy plants that will convert 40 tons of municipal solid waste into electricity and to 70 cetane synthetic diesel. The plants will use W2 Energy’s plasma technology and Cobal Chile’s expertise in waste-to-energy processing.

Gas for clean coal
Praxair will provide Vattenfall AB of Sweden its oxy-coal technology and engineering that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired electricity generating power plants. The project would require approximately 8,000 tons per day of oxygen.

HCFC gases still strong in EU
A DuPont-sponsored study reported that 65% of cooling installations in 9 key EU markets continue to function on HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) refrigerant gases. HCFC will be banned in Europe by January 2010.

And in ICIS News (which requires subscription):
Argonne National Laboratory is looking for an industry partner to turn plastics and other residue from old shredded cars into commercially attractive materials.

Austria’s beekeepers want the government to ban certain pesticides that are suspected of killing bees.

The Mississippi River remained closed as of Friday because of fuel oil spill, but might be partially reopened in the next few days according to the US Coast Guard.


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