Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is preparing for a nice one week vacation next week so hopefully there will be lots of posts in the coming days ahead to keep the readers happy. This week, ICIS Chemical Business published its chemical sites feature and my contribution is an article about how new technologies and processing are helping chemical companies reduce their energy consumption.

By the way, I am starting to work on an article about renewable energy in China, any companies (or consultant) interested in participating, pls. email me this week at doris.de.guzman@icis.com.

For now here are the blog’s news roundup:

Microbial oil for biofuel

Oil giant BP has formed a joint development agreement with Martek Biosciences to work on the production of microbial oils for biofuels applications. The partnership combines a broad technology platform and operational capabilities to advance the development of a step-change technology for the conversion of sugars into biodiesel.

Swedish biorefinery project

Chemrec’s pulp mill-integrated BioDME (dimethyl ether) biorefinery demonstration plant project will break ground in September in Pite√•, Sweden, with expected biofuel production by mid-2010. The BioDME is produced from residual forestry biomass over the black liquor gasification route.

Rockwood gets lithium grant

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Rockwood Holding’s Chemetall Foote Corp. subsidiary $28.4m in grant to expand and upgrade the production of lithium carbonate at the company’s Silver Peak, Nevada, site and add the production of very high purity lithium hydroxide to the company’s Kings Mountain, North Carolina, facility.

Tata BP Solar development

NXP Semiconductors will partnerwith Tata BP Solar India Ltd., a joint venture of BP Solar and TataPower, where which Tata BP will use various electronic solutions forsolar applications developed by NXP. These solutions have beendeveloped by NXP as per the requirements of Tata BP.

Green lubricant marketing

Ronn Motor has awarded World Wide Green Lubricants exclusive marketing rightsfor all Ronnzoil products sold through the Ronnzoil Premium Green OilClub in the US and Canada on passenger vehicles under 2 tons, includinggovernment and commercial vehicles.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

Shell has sold its 50% stake in photovoltaic joint venture Avancis to partner Saint-Gobain.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)fined ExxonMobil $602,801 for numerous air violations at companyfacilities in Baytown, Texas, and Beaumont, Texas, between 2005 and2007.

Producers and analysts are debatingwhether an amendment to the clean energy bill before the US Senate -meant as a lifeline for biodiesel producers – would actually benefitthe industry.


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