Weekly News Roundup

The green blog is going to be spotty this week due to several deadlines(from my real day job!) and one or two company events that I have toattend. And I thought June would be slow…

Pure BDO from sugar

Genomaticademonstrated that it can process greater than 99% pure 1,4 butanediol(BDO) produced from sugar using a proprietary and cost-effectiverecovery process. The achievement clears the way for development of ademonstration facility to begin operating next year.

DSM enters biogas market

Royal DSM N.V.acquired privately held Biopract GmbH, which will serve as an entrypoint for DSM into the promising 15-20%/year biogas market. Biopract’smain focus has been on the commercialization and extension of theirMethaplus(TM) enzyme series for the improvement of agricultural andindustrial biogas production.

Renewable power for Dell

Dellnow sources 26% of its global electricity needs from renewable energysources, up from 20 percent in 2008. Dell said its use of renewableenergy is part of its plan to reduce its facilities’ greenhouse gasemissions by 40 percent by 2015.

Solar research collaboration

Photovoltaic manufacturer Yingli Green Energy Holding, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), and Amtech Systems agreed to developand implement high efficiency N-type silicon solar cells, named PANDA,at Yingli Green Energy’s pilot production line in Baoding, China.

OTA appeals on dairy labeling

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is appealinga Federal District Court ruling upholding Ohio’s regulation that wouldhave required labels to include a disclaimer for dairy productsproduced from cows not treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

Th chemical sector representatives expressedtheir frustration and anger at the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA’s)Second Stakeholder Day last week in Helsinki, Finland, concerning theimplementation of Europe’s chemical regulation Reach.

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the rules to govern the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) after 2012.

Large amounts of methyl halidescan now be produced from biomass using genetically engineered bacteriumand yeast, according to a researcher from the University of CaliforniaSan Francisco.





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