Weekly news roundup

The green blog is waiting with bated breath for who will be the US’ next president come Wednesday. Both Obama and McCain promised funding for renewable energy, which is good news for the chemical industry overall. Environmental proponents and green groups, however, are definitely rooting for the democratic candidate whose party seems more inclined in tightening environmental standards in the US.

Whoever wins, it will be interesting to find out how the green industry will fare under a new US leadership.

For now, here is this week’s news roundup.

CO2 to fuel coming soon
Carbon Sciences anticipates the completion of a prototype that will demonstrate its innovative biocatalytic CO2 to fuel process by Q1 2009. The company’s ultimate goal is to license this technology to oil and gas companies and large CO2 emitters.Biofuel and hydrocarbon alliance
Gevo and ICM has formed a strategic alliance for the commercial development of Gevo’s Integrated Fermentation Technology that enables the production of isobutanol and hydrocarbons from retrofitted ethanol plants.

DOE funds pyrolysis oil
UOP LLC was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop economically viable technology to stabilize pyrolysis oil from second generation biomass feedstocks for use as a renewable fuel source. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Waste to chemicals JV
InEnTec and Lakeside Energy formed a partnership called InEnTec Chemical LLC to facilitate construction of commercial scale Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM™) gasification facilities that will convert hazardous waste and chemical residuals into useful chemical products.

Green thumbs up on bioplastic
Mirel™ bioplastic resins produced by Telles™, a joint venture between Metabolix and Archer Daniels Midland, received the European conformity certification of “OK Biodegradable Soil” for natural soil biodegradability and “OK Biodegradable Water” for fresh water biodegradability.

And in ICIS news (which requires subscription):

Environmental groups are calling for the addition of phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA) to the European Chemical Agency’s list of hazardous chemicals that will be subject to authorisation under the EU’s Reach legislation.

Demand for Asian oleochemicals, such as glycerine and fractionated fatty acids, has dried up in the face of rapidly falling crude palm oil prices and concerns regarding the global financial meltdown.

German solar firm Q-Cells said on Friday that its Norwegian silicon supplier Elkem Solar had reduced production targets and would not deliver targeted volumes.

One Response to Weekly news roundup

  1. Pradeep 4 November, 2008 at 10:37 pm #

    Given below are links to my blog articles commenting on the Carbon Sciences CO2 to fuels process.
    1. CO2 to fuels processes – II
    2. CO2 to fuels processes
    “The main questions for me here are the source of hydrogen, enzyme stability and costs, and the product separation and purification costs. These factors would determine if this process indeed is cheaper than the heterogeneous catalytic process (using Cu/ZnO-like catalysts).”

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