Weekly News Roundup

I am way over my head this week with two articles on a deadline and trying to study for my mid-term exams (political science, English literature and classical studies if anybody is interested to know).

Expect the green blog to have some sputtering post moments in the next few days while I diligently work for ICIS Chemical Business in the morning, and try to cram federalism, Yeats, and Greek alphabets into my head at night- not at the same time.

Here is this week’s news roundup!

Renewable product partnership
Elevance Renewable Sciences and start-up company Tetramer Technologies formed a partnership to develop and commercialize novel renewable specialty chemicals. Tetramer will bring to the partnership its organic synthesis, material science and analytical capabilities, while Elevance will provide marketing, technology, engineering and renewable feedstock processing capabilities.Italian carbon capture
Eni and Enel signed a deal to implement Italy’s first carbon capture and storage project. Enel is to build a CO2 capture and liquefaction plant in Brindisi, whereas Eni will inject the liquefied gas within the Stogit exhausted field at Cortemaggiore (Piacenza).

GE’s electric car investment
General Electric made its sixth equity investment in lithium-ion battery manufacturer
A123Systems for $30 million. A123 uses nanotechnology to produce rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that are reportedly not prone to overheating.

Solar acquisition
Canada-based ICP Solar Technologies will buy Spain-based Ibersolar Energia, a leading European manufacturer and supplier of solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, and absorption units. Ibersolar had annual sales of EUR120m ($151m).

California’s first solar thermal
Solar power company Ausra started its Kimberlina solar thermal energy plant in Bakersfield, California, which is said to be California’s first solar thermal plant in 20 years. Kimberlina will be able to generate 5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 3,500 homes in central California.

HelioVolt’s first plant

HelioVolt opened its first factory for manufacturing high-performance, lower cost thin film solar energy products in a 122,400 square foot sustainable facility in Austin, Texas. The facility is expected to create approximately 160 new jobs.

And in ICIS news (which requires subscription):
Genencor said one of its long-term goal and biggest opportunity is to replace some of the traditional chemicals with biotechnology-based chemicals such as its bioisoprene.

Dow Agrosciences filed a notice of intent under North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules to bring a claim against Canada over a pesticide ban in Quebec.

Japanese high-function fiber producer Teijin Techno Products started operations of its $23m biomass boiler which can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 33,000 tonnes/year at its Mihara factory.

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