Weekly News Roundup

I will be in Illinois on Tuesday attending Elevance’s renewable chemistry round table as well as the opening of their new Bolingbrook facility. The round table panelists include Robert Grubbs of the California Institute of Technology, John Warner of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, David Long of Environmental Sustainability Solutions, Andrew Gilicinski of Clorox Company, Bryce Lee of Alternative Energy Group, and Elevance’s CEO K’Lynne Johnson.

That should be interesting and I’ll let you know how it goes. For now, here are this week’s green news:
Elevance’s compostable wax
Elevance Renewable Sciences says certain of its NatureWax™ vegetable wax products, when blended with paraffin, have met universally accepted compost specifications. Elevance collaborated with The International Group, Inc. (IGI) to sponsor the testing.

Big renewable energy user
Dow Corning will purchase more than 14,000 megawatt hours of wind generated renewable energy through Consumers Energy’s Green Generation program, making the company one of the largest private purchasers of renewable energy in the State of Michigan.Biomass plant sold
GreenHunter Energy closed the sale of its 14 megawatt wood waste-fired biomass power plant located in Telogia, Florida, to Multitrade Telogia, LLC. GreenHunter acquired the plant in September last year for $2.5 million and sold the asset for $5.7 million in cash.

Thai polyester recycling program
Polyester textile manufacturer Thai Namsiri Intertex Co. Ltd (TNI) launches a program for collecting used polyester items and recycling them into new materials using Teijin’s ECO CIRCLE closed loop recycling system. The system incorporates the world’s first chemical-recycling technology to decompose used polyester for conversion into new polyester material.

New green plastic plant
FRX Polymers will build a pilot plant in Switzerland for its line of polyphosphonate homopolymers and copolymers. The plastics are said to be tough, transparent, possess high melt flow, and are inherently flame retardant and environmentally friendly (non-halogenated).

Solar cell supply deal
JA Solar will supply monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar cells to BP Solar in 2009, with an initial volume of 175 MW and with the potential to expand to 360 MW.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):
The US biodiesel industry is looking to the nation’s heating oil market as a potential source of 500m gal/year in new demand.

US refined glycerine imports in 2008 was 17% higher than the year before according to the US International Trade Commission.

President Barack Obama has begun to rollback oil and gas development prospects and Congress is poised to impose an offshore drilling ban that could be vastly larger.


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