Archive | March, 2009

Is green the answer to economic recovery?

Debates have been ongoing if government green geared stimulus plans worldwide can really address not only the issue of climate change but help lift sinking economies. With the current recession, isn’t it more risky to address climate change when it could cost more money for businesses? In the video below, economist Nicholas Stern talked to […]

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DSM, Genencor green chem milestones

Two big green chemistry developments today are both from enzyme producers DSM and Genencor. Netherlands-based DSM and French starch derivatives producer Roquette said that their bio-based succinic acid demo plant in Lestrem (France) will be operational by the end of 2009. Succinic acid is a chemical building block used in the manufacture of polymers, resins, […]

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Weekly news roundup

A lot of green news came out last week and I had to weed them out to 6. Interesting enough is that a lot of them are about new investments amid the current tight chemical company budgets. On other news, there are continuous debate going on regarding the Obama administration’s carbon emission plans as well […]

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ADM still investing in biobased projects

A report from the Decatur, Illinois newspaper Herald & Review said that Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will delay some of the completion dates for their biobased industrial projects but will still invest $2.6bn in seven major capital projects. ADM is reportedly proceeding with the construction of its 100,000 ton/year glycerine-based propylene/ethylene glycol plant in Decatur […]

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Who’s who in wind?

If anybody wants to enter the wind turbine sector, maybe you’d want to familiarize yourself with who’s leading the global market. According to Emerging Energy Research (EER), there is plenty of room to spare for wind turbine manufacturer wannabes because of high demand and supply chain backlogs. The current turbine market is dominated by Vestas, […]

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Green gurus’ chemical predictions

As previously mentioned, Elevance hosted a green chemistry round table last month where panelists try to figure out the benefits, challenges and future of this burgeoning industry. My report on this is going to be published next week Monday on ICIS Chemical Business. Next week’s issue will also my feature my report about trends on […]

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Green ski boots from DuPont

DuPont’s renewable-source Hytrel® RS thermoplastic elastomers can now be found in this ski boots made by sports gear manufacturer Salomon. DuPont said the ski boots is one of the first commercial use of their plastic, which are made using vegetable oil-based polyol. The renewable-based content of the elastomer used in the boot is said to […]

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SNL advice: Don’t buy stuff

Thanks to Environmental Economics for unearthing this Saturday Night Live (SNL) 2006 skit. I always thought that SNL should be a mandatory show for bankers, investors and excessive consumers. Oh, and for chemical companies too (Hint: Dow and Rohm and Haas, Hexion and Huntsman) Watch and learn people! If you want to live in a […]

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Got light-weight milk?

You got fat-free, lactose-free, lite, skim, flavored and soon..light-weight milk. This technology is actually targeted more for bottled milk producers (and suppliers/distributors) rather than milk consumers. BASF said it has developed the world’s lightest half-liter polystyrene bottle specifically geared for milk product containers because of the special properties of the plastic – maybe the acid […]

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Fly ash for cement

After their coal fly ash spill in December, maybe Tennessee Valley Authority should contact our good friends from Nalco regarding the company’s development of fly ash application as a cement substitute. Nalco’s subsidiary Nalco Mobotec recently announced a joint venture deal with Canada-based SONIC Technology Solutions to expand the use of fly ash from coal-powered […]

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