Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is back from her long weekend vacation and lost $20for playing slots. She consoled herself by buying a 50% discountedpurse.

Not much news last week probably because of the religious holidays. Watch out for my post about Shell’s Eco-marathonthis coming weekend! Hopefully there will be lots of exciting news(which I will twitter) as college kids across the Americas compete inFontana, California, for the most fuel-efficient (and fewer emission)vehicle built by their own hands.

For now here are last week’s news roundup:

Green gas from Texas

Clean Energy Fuels signed a 15-year deal for the sale of biomethaneproduced at the McCommas Bluff landfill in Dallas, Texas. Beginning inApril 2009, the biomethane will be sold at fixed prices that increasein 2010 and 2011 and then remain fixed over the remainder of theagreement. Shell Energy North America will act as the purchaser andsupply the biomethane to the end-user.

Bayer in hybrid cars

Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) formed a collaborationwith Velozzi, a start-up automotive OEM. Velozzi is designing multiplelightweight, plug-in, multi-fuel hybrid electric vehicles that willutilize a number of materials and application technologies from BMS.

OPX gets green funding

Bioproducts company OPX Biotechnologies closed a $17.5 million Series B round of financingto fund biofuels and green chemistry process development anddemonstration. Based in Boulder, Colo., OPX was founded in 2007,currently employs 25 people and expects to double its team over thenext year.

Fuel cell DOE grant

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute won a $1.6 million federal grantfrom the US Department of Energy to develop new methods formanufacturing a key fuel cell component. The multi-year grant aims tocreate new technology and processes for faster, more cost-effectivemanufacturing of fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs).

BPA-free canned seafood

VitalChoice Wild Seafood & Organics announced that all of their cannedseafood is now 100% free of bisphenol-A (BPA) materials. Vital Choicetransitioned to BPA-free packagingfor all of its canned seafood products, including wild Alaskan sockeyesalmon, Albacore tuna, Portuguese sardines and Atlantic mackerel.

And in ICIS news (subscription required):

Consumer-driven regulation of chemicalsand chemical-derived products and packaging at the retail level willcontinue to expand and increasingly will drive product de-selection,according to law firm Bergeson & Campbell.

The US chemicalssector must be engaged with Congress and environmentalists to reformthe nation’s chemicals control system and restore consumer confidence,according to the American Chemistry Council.

European Commission vice president Margot Wallstromsaid she would like to see “a new UN panel with independent researchersto tackle the risks from chemicals in the same way that theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is doing for climatechange.”

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