Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is attending the Soap and Detergent Association meeting in Florida and so posts for this week will be erratic (gotta do her daytime job diligently!). For now here is this week’s news roundup which seem to be centered mostly on renewable energy.

Trash to Energy system
IST Energy launched its new GEM waste-to-energy conversion system, which affordably converts everyday trash into small pellets that are, in turn, converted into electricity and gas heat.The GEM is the first compact and mobile waste-to-energy system.

GM’s $30m battery plant
General Motors Corp will invest $30 million in its planned U.S. lithium-ion battery pack manufacturing facility for its all-electric Chevrolet Volt. Preparation for the new Michigan plant will begin in early 2009, with production tooling to be installed mid-year and output starting in 2010.Synthesis gas start-up
Biochem technology company Enerkem said its first commercial-scale plant in Westbury, Quebec, is entering the start-up phase with the production of its clean conditioned synthesis gas, which will serve as a chemical source for the production of advanced biofuels and biochemicals.

Solar acquisition
Solar energy services provider SunEdison acquired Business Institute Solar Strategy GmbH. The deal provides SunEdison with 38 megawatt of solar photovoltaic projects under development in Italy and Spain and direct access to 300 MW of project opportunities in Europe.

Biomass energy in India
Green energy developer W2 Energy formed a partnership with Alpha Renewable Energy to manufacture and sell biomass-to-energy plants in India. The licensing agreement includes the use, manufacture, marketing and promotion of W2 Energy technology by Alpha Renewable Energy exclusively in India.

Hydrogen for biofuels
Dynamic Fuels will use hydrogen supplied by Praxair to produce renewable fuels from non-food-grade animal fats produced or procured by Tyson Foods, using Syntroleum’s bio-synfiningTM technology. Dynamic Fuels is a joint venture between Tyson Foods and Syntroleum.

And in ICIS news (which requires subscription):
The US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a proposed rule regarding diacetyl and issued an invitation for general public comment concerning occupational exposure to diacetyl and food flavourings containing diacetyl.

Lisa Jackson, the new US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief, said that she will move quickly to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and will help Congress craft strong climate change legislation.

A US congressional study said that federal risk assessment procedures for potentially toxic substances are nearly obsolete and need new authority to force chemical firms to demonstrate their products’ safety.

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