Weekly News Roundup

This week’s big news (for me at least) is Mayor Mike Bloomberg considering wind energy projects in New York City.

According to this article from the New York Times, the mayor is not only looking to install wind turbines in the windy parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island (what about Staten Island?), the top of skyscrapers and even in bridges could be possible installation spots as well.

Let’s see if that will push through bringing the fact that he’s time in the city hall is ticking fast.

For now, here’s this week’s green global news roundup.

Solutia’s solar solution
Solutia will be supplying a solar thermal power plant in Egypt with its synthetic heat transfer fluid Therminol VP-1. The fluids are being utilized in the production of solar energy for more than 20 years, the company said.

Ohio solar expansion
First Solar will expand its manufacturing operations and development facilities at its Perrysburg, Ohio facility. The expansion, to be completed in the second quarter of 2010, will increase the facility’s capacity to approximately 192 megawatts/year.

Eastman reduces sulfur
Hydrogen Energy International (HEI) will license Eastman’s Reduced Sulfur Start-Up Technology, which will minimize sulfur emissions during start-up of HEI’s first solid-fueled gasification facility with carbon-capture.

Eco-certified cosmetic pigments
Germany-based Merck has their cosmetic pigments and fillers sold under the brand names Biron®, Colorona® and Timiron® certified with the ECOCERT standard. ECOCERT is currently the most important internationally recognized certificate for natural cosmetics, according to Merck.

More wind for California
Pacific Gas and Electric Company entered a long-term agreement with Klondike Wind Power III LLC to purchase 90 megawatts of renewable wind energy from the Klondike facility in Sherman County, Oregon. The project will generate 260 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually.

Praxair seeks green money
Industrial gas company Praxair submitted a proposal to the US Department of Energy to get funding for its Jamestown Oxy-Coal project. Praxair said the Oxy-Coal technology is designed to capture more than 90% of the carbon dioxide generated in coal-fired plants.

And in ICIS News (which requires subscription):
Growing investments in wind energy could create new demand for maleic anhydride.

German environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe is pressing for an additional 20-cent Euro charge on PET bottles, cans and other one-way packaging for non-alcoholic drinks.

Greenpeace wants Germany to crack down on illegal pesticides following a study that showed widespread use of unlicensed and illegal products.

Syngenta said they have not sold any of the illegal pesticides that Greenpeace reported since 2003.

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