Weekly News Roundup

I intentionally delayed the weekly news roundup so the birthday post will be prominent all day yesterday (did I mention I like receiving congratulation comments??).

Here is last week’s green news. It seems that there are a lot more gloom-and-doom scenario from various energy-intensive industries – chemicals, steel, paper, power, and other industrial and manufacturing sectors – now that the administration and Congress became more blue-blooded (figuratively-speaking).

Lithium battery buyout
Private equity firm Arsenal Capital bought Ferro Corporation’s fine chemicals business, which is a big manufacturer of electrolytes and materials used for lithium batteries, ultracapacitors and other energy storage devices.

Silica in green tires
Rhodia and Dow Corning will develop and commercialize new silica/silane products principally to help reduce the rolling resistance of tires and hence reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in automobiles.Help in CO2 reduction
Danisco has commissioned Danish-based Danfoss Solutions (for multimillion dollars in fee) to help them reduce energy consumption in their Grindsted plant by 8-9% annually while reducing CO2 emissions by about 6,000 tonnes.

Clean Coal JV
Future Fuels and Immersive Media have formed a joint venture called Future Power PA LLC, which intends to develop an electricity generation project using a clean coal gasification technology (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle) in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

REACH for Coal Chemicals
Pittsburgh-based carbon chemical producer Koppers said that its European operations along with other coal chemical producers have formed REACH for Coal Chemicals (R4CC). The new organization is a consortium of coal chemical suppliers, producers, and customers working together with the goal of compliance with the European chemical industry directive REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals).

And in ICIS news (which requires subscription):
Top US business leaders cautioned that immediate climate change legislation could cause severe damage to US chemical, steel and other major economic sectors that are already stressed by energy and feedstock costs.

Power officials warn that climate-control legislation at the national, regional and local levels in North America will force a major shift from coal to natural gas among utilities and threatens electric reliability.

German crop chemicals trade group Industrieverband Agrar (IVA) said the European Union’s vote to restrict many important pesticides within five years will undermine the competitiveness of European farmers, which will lead to job losses, increase the dependence on imported food and increase food safety risks.

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