Weekly News Roundup

I am off again today visiting Rhodia’s new North American research and technology center in to Bristol, Pennsylvania. According to my google source, the lab’s research team develops and launches about 20 new products, and files an average of 20 new patent applications each year.

I’m sure there are green chemistry brewing around there somewhere. I’ll let you know the specifics as soon as I get some information.

For now, I have to leave you with this week’s news roundup. Hopefully next week, I’ll be able to share some of the green ongoings at the HBA cosmetic show in New York, BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology being held in Vancouver, and some solar news that came from the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Spain.

Delving US geothermal potential
AltanaRock Energy and Weyerhaeuser will explore the potential for developing geothermal projects in California, Oregon and Washington. Altana can convert up to 40% of Weyerhaueser’s 667,000 acreage rights to geothermal development leases within two years.

Mass car batteries by 2011
The 50-50 joint venture of Bosch GmbH and Samsung started its operations this week in Suwon, South Korea. The new company will develop, manufacture, and eventually sell lithium-ion batteries for automotive applications by 2011.

Blue Earth’s green backers
Recycled plastic producer Blue Earth Solutions raised $14.1m from new investors which will partly enable the company to expand its polystyrene recycling capacity by 20,000 lbs./hour. The company said it is also looking for international growth opportunities.

New glycerine plant in Brazil
Integrated Biodiesel Industries will build a new 20,000 tons/year glycerine plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is expected to earn revenues of $22m by 2009. The plant will produce both distilled glycerin for cosmetics and paints, and glycerin carbonate, a renewable solvent.

List your green solvents
Chemical manufacturers can now begin listing their solvents (such as alcohols, esters, ethylene and propylene glycol ethers) in CleanGredients, an online database of ingredient chemicals used in green cleaning products. The database provides formulators with information on chemical ingredients whose environmental and human health attributes have been independently verified.

And in ICIS News (which requires subscription):
[As mentioned in my previous blog] California lawmakers rejected a proposed ban on children’s products containing Bisphenol-A (BPA).

The German chemical industry group Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) said the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme could cost the country’s chemical industry €1bn ($1.4bn) annually by 2013 and €2bn by 2020.

Malaysia’s Maskimi Polyol plans to start up its palm oil-based flexible polyols unit at Kajang, Selangor, by the end of December.

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