Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is back in the virtual world and don’t know where to start after a few days of computer-free vacation. I can’t believe I survived! Thank God for Iphone!

Before tackling a massive amount of green information and piled e-mails, here are some of the news my trusted Google Reader provided for me for this week’s news roundup:

Braskem breaks ground on green plastic
Braskem will formally break ground on its green polyethylene plant project in Brazil on April 22. Commercial operations are scheduled to begin in 2011. The plant will have production capacity for 200 thousand tons per year.

Accelerating hydrogen vehicles to market

Linde said its new Ionic Compressor technology will help accelerate the commercialization of hydrogen-powered vehicles of all kinds. The technology is now being introduced to North America for fork lift trucks.New clean and green partner
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program and nonprofit group GreenBlue added NGO Clean Production Action (CPA) as their partner in their ongoing efforts to encourage green chemistry innovation. Over the past five years, the DfE Program and GreenBlue® have built a strong partnership to develop the DfE Formulator Program and CleanGredients as co-supportive initiatives for information sharing and green chemistry innovation.

Biomass oil joint venture
UOP LLC launched Envergent Technologies, LLC, a joint venture with Ensyn Corp., to offer technology and equipment to convert second-generation biomass into pyrolysis oil for power generation, heating fuel and for conversion into transportation fuels.

New enzyme plant
Novozymes is investing $160 to $200 million in new enzyme facility in Blair, NE, to meet demand for the production of first and second generation bioethanol. The new facility will be fully operational in 2 years and will bring 100 new green jobs to the area.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):
The Middle East may soon announce plans to build its first polysilicon plant, with others to follow, an executive with US construction and engineering firm Fluor said on Friday.

Germany’s chemical producers are leading the drive towards energy savings and efficiencies, according to the country’s chemical industry association VCI.

Further restrictions will be placed on the use in Europe of ozone-depleting substances, such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and methyl bromide, after a vote in the European Parliament last Wednesday.

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