Weekly News Roundup

The blog’s weekly green news will now appear every Monday as it seems easier to gather information while watching Sunday night football…

Brazil likes bioplastic
US bioplastic producer Cereplast is supplying 2 million pounds of Cereplast Compostable resin to Canguru Embalagens Ltda., a Brazilian manufacturer of single-use food service items, and to a Brazil-based subsidiary of a global agribusiness and food company, for the next two years.

Bioenergy in chem production
Specialty chemical company Lanxess is building a biomass-based cogeneration plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil, to supply energy to the company’s inorganic pigments manufacturing facility located within the site.New biolubricant collaboration
The University of Northern Iowa’s National Ag-Based Lubricant Center and Canada-based Linnaeus Plant Sciences will develop a new oilseed which will be used solely for the production of biolubricants in applications such as as fuel additives, hydraulic fluids, and oils in construction, public bus transportation and lobster fishing.

Flame-safe bioplastic
Canon and Toray Industries have developed a bio-based plastic that is said to have the world’s highest level of flame retardance. The bioplastic is going to be used in exterior plastic parts for Canon multifunction office systems to be launched next year.

DOE invests in geothermal research
The Department of Energy has granted Ormat Technologies $3.4m to demonstrate the viability of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). The investments are anticipated to lead to the production of substantial levels of electricity, particularly in regions where conventional geothermal resource development is not economically viable.

And in ICIS news (which requires subscription):
German photovoltaics firm Schott Solar has cancelled plans for an initial public offer (IPO) due to the drastic deterioration and turmoil on capital markets.

New applications could increase the market for biotechnology-based isoprene to over 11bn lbs/year if a highly efficient and cost-effective process can be developed, according to Genencor.

The decision by the European Parliament’s environment committee last week to make industry purchase emissions permits under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) after 2012 will force small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to leave Europe, according to SME Union.

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