Archive | April, 2009

1Q 2009 cleantech investment drops

Market research firm Cleantech Group reported that venture investment in the clean technology sector fell 41% to around $1 billion for the first quarter of 2009 compared to the 4Q ’08. “We knew the numbers were coming down. Capital markets overall have dropped the past two quarters and cleantech as a subset is not immune […]

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Ethanol update: The good and the bad

THE GOOD NEWS:A new reportfrom the International Energy Agency said that greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions savings from corn ethanol production and use have more thandoubled between 1995 and the projected level in 2015.The reportsaid that GHG reductions have grown from approximately 26% in 1995 toover 39% today while projected GHG reductions from ethanol will reachnearly 55% […]

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The darker side of solar

You know why traditional chemical manufacturing processes are considered very energy efficient these days? Because they have been doing these processes for decades. This cannot be said for newer manufacturing methods such as solar panel production, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Timothy Gutowski. “The seemingly extravagant use of materials and energy resources by […]

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Africa’s lions poisoned by pesticide

I was horrified by last week’s CBS’ Sixty Minutes report (see video below) about lions in Kenya being poisoned by cattle herders and ranchers using the insecticide Furadan. Furadan is currently manufactured by US chemical company FMC for crop protection. FMC said it has stopped all Furadan sales in Kenya since May last year but […]

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Weekly News Roundup

This week, ICIS Chemical Business featured India and for my part wrotean article about India’s well-known plant – castor – which has been andstill is one of the most promising raw material for chemical use. Youcan read about my interview with Dow Chemical India, BASF, Arkema aswell as US castor oil derivatives distributors Alnor Oil […]

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Rhodia recycles polyamide

We’ve heard about Teijin’s recycling programs ECOPET (PET bottle recycling to polyester) and ECOCIRCLE (used polyester products recycling). Now, France-based specialty chemical company Rhodia is developing its own recycling technology with mountaineering equipment company Millet.The two companies plan to launched a recycling project that willrecycle used mountain climbing rope into engineering plastic materialsfor the manufacture […]

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A new breed of financial market

Amid the current mess the financial industry is in, democratic congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland thinks this is the right time to create an independent, tax-exempt US-owned bank that will provide a range of green financing support. The Congressman introduced last week the Green Bank Act of 2009 that would fund clean energy and […]

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The world’s first corn cob ammonia plant

Farmers who were struck high with fertilizer price in the past 12-24 months might cheer at this news about California-based SynGest planning to construct the world’s first corn biomass-based ammonia plant in Menlo, Iowa.TheSynGest Menlo plant will use 150,000 tons/year of Iowa corn cobs toproduce 50,000 tons/year of bio-ammonia, enough to fertilize 500,000acres of Iowa […]

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Huntsman on a green hunt

Huntsman is busy churning out eco-friendly chemicals… maybe to makethe company more attractive to other “potential” buyers after beingdumped by Hexion?(Ok I admit I’ve been busy watching reruns of the recent “The Bachelor” so Huntsman folks, pls. don’t sue me LOL!)Lastmonth, Huntsman launched three new products: a bio-based glycerinecarbonate, an enzyme-based textile bleaching solution in […]

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March list of new green chemicals

March saw quite a lot of new green chemicals and Huntsman seems to lead the pack. That is why I have a separate post for them. As for the rest, here they are in no particular order: 1. Rohm and Haas microbial control – Rohm and Haas introduced KATHON™ CF 400 microbicide,a new concentrated, metal-free […]

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