Archive | January, 2009

The race for car lithium battery is on

While car manufacturers worldwide are planning their green makeovers (shifting production to more sustainable cars), battery producers and developers are racing to get investment loans from both private and public funding to answer the expected surge in demand for lithium ion batteries. Experts contend that battery production problems could limit the growth of the electric […]

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Eco Recruiting now opens

I’m working on an article this week about the new breed of corporate sustainability management and out of the blue (or maybe green in my case), I received this email about Eco Recruiting and the need for qualified experienced executives especially within the alternative energy sector. The recruitment firm Charet and Associates, who formed its […]

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Fuel cell in line for stimulus package

The fuel cell industry is among those waiting in a “growing” line for Obama’s incoming stimulus package. The US fuel cell council says it will ask for a total of $1.2bn to invest in research, infrastructure, and manufacturing for fuel cell and hydrogen. Specifically, the industry program calls for lease and purchases of fuel cells […]

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Innovation to the rescue

ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) recently featured an article on how innovation and product development enabled the chemical industry to withstood the Great Depression of the 1930s. According to historians in the article, while consolidation helped streamline the industry, creation of new value-added products helped create profitable markets as well as cut […]

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Teijin expands bioplastic output

This summer, Japan chemical company Teijin plans to fully commercialize its BIOFRONT plastic, a stereo-complex polylactic acid (PLA) made with high-purity L-lactate and D-lactate which was introduced in 2007. Teijin says one of BIOFRONT’s noteworthy characteristics is its melting point of 210°C, a significant improvement over the 170°C melting point of conventional PLAs. At 210°C, […]

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New green chemicals

The green blog is starting this year’s post with a recap of environment-friendly chemicals launched last month. Hopefully this year will bring in more… 1. Rohm and Haas resin – Rohm and Haas launched a new binder, Rhoplex™ VSR-2015 Versatile Sheen Resin, to the North American paint and coatings market. The resin is low-solvent capable, […]

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