Weekly News Roundup

March is here and New York City will be 12 in. deep in snow today after the South got blasted by rare snowstorm on Sunday. Climate change anyone???

By the way, I hope you all like the new blog layout. Hopefully it’ll get better with more features (such as blog links) in the future. For now here is this week’s news roundup:

CO2 capture pilot plant

Siemens and E.ON Kraftwerke are to build a pilot CO2 capture plant at the E.ON power plant Staudinger in Grosskrotzenburg, Germany. The pilot plant is scheduled to start operation in the summer of 2009.

Zeachem’s biorefinery
ZeaChem Inc. selected CH2M HILL as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contractor for its first biorefinery. Set to begin construction in 2009, the biorefinery is slated for a proposed site in Boardman, Oregon.Solar cell sale deal
Chinese solar cell manufacturer China Sunergy Co., Ltd. has entered a wafer purchase agreement and a solar cell sales agreement with a U.S. based photovoltaic products firm. China Sunergy will use the multi-silicon wafers purchased from the firm to produce multi-silicon solar cells, which will then be sold back to the firm for incorporation into its downstream solar products.

Lithium ion supply
Hybrid bus supplier DesignLine International has partnered with Lithium Technology Corporation to supply lithium ion batteries. This year, LTC will deliver up to 90 battery packs each consisting of more the 300 large format (45Ah) cylindrical cells.

Retailer installs wind turbines
Big box retailer Meijer will soon expand its green initiatives to include the use of wind power at some of its facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The wind turbines are being manufactured by locally-based Cascade Engineering.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

Sales of industrial or “white” biotechnology-derived products will accelerate to account for 9% of total global chemical industry sales by 2012, according to McKinsey & Co.

The US biotech industry is struggling with an impending shortfall in funding, threatening its pipeline of products, industry sources said.

US chemical, energy, housing and general business interests on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama’s $3,600bn budget proposal for fiscal year 2010, warning it will deepen the recession and raise energy costs.

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