Archive | August, 2009

Carbon black from nuked tires

While working on finalizing my Genomatica interview, here is an interesting story from last week about producing high-grade carbon black from waste tires using a “microwave technology” According to NJ-based Global Resource, the current global market for high-grade carbon black ranges up to $2,000 per ton. I didn’t realize carbon black is so expensive! Around […]

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Weekly News Roundup

A hoi-polloi of green news last week, although nothing standing out except a couple of more algae developments. Coming out from ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) on August 17 is our Chemical Sites feature and I contributed an article about new technology and developments that help chemical manufacturers reduce energy use. Watch […]

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Are rainy days gone for solar?

While some reports indicate that investments in the solar market is shining again, others claimed continued cloudy days because of capital intensive projects and growing overcapacity in some regions (ok, I’ll stop the weather talk). According to Pike Research‘s new report, solar demand in the US has been improving although financing is still a roadblock. […]

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Joule catches sunlight to produce chems

It’s 11:20 am EST and twitter is down for more than one hour now — Jeez, I never realized how this social media tool has become very useful to a blogger/reporter/writer like me. Oh, well, at least I have more time to blog for today. Let me start by introducing this company which, for me, […]

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Government stimulates green investments

With the funding coming from the Obama administration on electric vehicle and other energy research development, this might continue stimulating the investment industry to pour additional green money to the clean technology and industrial biotechnology industries. According to a recent report from Ernst & Young, US venture capital (VC) investment in cleantech companies in the […]

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Science research gets…$327m

Wow, the auto (and battery) industry is really getting a lot of stimulus money (see recent post on $2.4bn electric vehicle funding) while science laboratories gets a measly $327m to fund energy research. Of the $327m in Recovery Act funding, $107.5m is slated to go to universities, nonprofit organizations, and private firms, on a competitive, […]

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$2.4bn money boost for batteries and EVs

Companies developing next generation batteries and electric vehicles will get further funding from the Obama administration through the expected $2.4bn grants from the US Department of Energy (DOE) courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to the DOE, 48 new projects where selected to accelerate the development of U.S. manufacturing capacity for batteries […]

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Industrial Biotech Interview: Codexis

Codexis, a California-based biotech company, have been active mostly in the pharma and health care sector but its focus has now expanded to next generation biofuels (through its partnership with Shell) and very soon, in carbon capture and water treatment. President and CEO Alan Shaw highlights the company’s proprietary biocatalytic chemical processing technology (which uses […]

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USDA plans bio-products ecolabeling

While transcribing some of my CEO interviews from the BIO conference, let me post this interesting news from the US Department of Agriculture about their voluntary ecolabeling plans for biobased products. First of all, the USDA defined “biobased products” as products that are composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients – renewable plant, animal, marine […]

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Algae madness

I have no idea why there seems to be so much algae news last week but I guess that’s good news for the chemical and biofuel industry who are hoping to gain from its development as potential feedstock. Unfortunately these were too late to post from my recent algae updates that mostly came from attending […]

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