Weekly News Roundup

The blog will be sporadic this week as I cover BIO’s Industrial biotech and bioprocessing event in Montreal. Follow my tweets for some presentation coverage including algae-based chemicals, bioplastic, biorefinery, new renewable chemicals, biofuels, and biobased products for the auto industry.

For now, here are this week’s news roundup:

Biofibers on Toyota Prius

Toyota’s Prius model now offers optional floor mats (deluxe type) using an advanced Ingeo fiber system. Ingeo reportedly reduces fossil fuel use by 65% and cuts by 90% the CO2 emission when compared to the petroleum-derived nylon resin used in traditional floor mats.

Waste to fuel facility in 2010

Novo Energies’s subsidiary WTL (Waste to Liquid) Renewable Energy has developed and designed a novel process to transform plastic and tire waste products into liquid fuels such as diesel, gasoline and fuel additives. Novo will start operation of its first plant during the first quarter of 2010.

Financing team in renewables

Rabobank has established a Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Finance (REIF) team in the Americas. Rabobank’s REIF business specialises in non- and limited-recourse finance solutions in renewable energy, bio-energy, and energy infrastructure projects.

Canola-based chemicals grant

ElevanceRenewable Sciences has been awarded a C$250,000 grant by theSaskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola) to enhance theuse of canola in the development of renewable-based chemicals includingwaxes, functional oils, antimicrobials and lubricants.

Biofuel gasification project closed

NewPage Corporation will discontinue work on the biofuels gasification projectat the Escanaba, Michigan pulp and paper mill which would have producemethanol and dimethyl ether from the gasification of kraft pulp blackliquor. Escalating costs of the project was blamed as the factor forthe decision.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

California government officials decided to keep bisphenol A (BPA) off a measure that would identify chemicals that could cause reproductive harm.

-US chemical producers, other energy intensive manufacturers and small business owners warned the Senate that climate change legislation will raise energy costs and reduce employment.

Germany needs a coordinated strategy to help develop its electric vehicle industry, three major trade groups said.


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