Weekly news roundup

Ok, I did promise to post another news roundup yesterday but unfortunately I had to scramble to get back into the “work” mode after a week of vacation bliss. This week is also my deadline for my China alternative energy article (coming out on September 21) as well as preparing for an alternative transportation fuel article that will come out in ICIS Chemical Business’ October 5 automotive feature. Stay tune for those!

But the blog still have this week’s news roundup…

Biomass ammonia coming soon

SynGest has chosen The Weitz Company to provide engineering, procurement and construction services (EPC) for its first plant to manufacture BioAmmonia (anhydrous ammonia) fuel and fertilizer from corn cob biomass near Menlo, Iowa.

Corn pellets for fuel

Next Step Biofuels has started commercial-scale production of PowerPellets™

from corn stover at Loup Valley Alfalfa’s pelleting facilities in Burwell, Neb. Next Step plans to sell corn stover PowerPellets to coal-fired power plants and

cellulosic bio-refineries worldwide.

PolyOne distributes castor resin

PolyOne will now carry the full range of extrusion and injection molding grades in Arkema’s Rilsan® PA11, Rilsan® PA12 polyamide resin portfolio, along with all grades of Pebax® thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) except USP Class VI materials. Rilsan® PA11 is a high-performance polymer derived from castor beans.

Wind turbine gear investment

Winergy Drive Systems and Siemens opened a second plantin Elgin, Ill., for the assembly and testing of mechanical gear drivesfor wind turbines. The plant was built using recycled steel anddesigned with Siemens energy efficient lighting and heating and coolingsystems.

Funding for electric vehicle

Lithium ion battery producer Ener1plans to inject $47 million of equity funding into Think Global AS, theNorwegian electric vehicle producer. EnerDel and Think have also agreedto enter into a new long-term battery supply agreement as part of thetransaction.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

German biofuels firm Verbio plans to soon start producing biomethane at two of its bioethanol plants in Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg states.

Base oil sales could increase as the US and other nations continue to promote wind energy.

Missourilegislation aimed at banning foam coolers from state rivers missed themark when the final version failed to include containers made ofpolystyrene (PS), according to Missouri state senator Delbert Scott.

Plunging petroleum investments, drastically declining refining andincreasing reliance on imports could be the results if the initialclimate change bill passed by the US House of Representatives becomeslaw, according to a study commissioned by the American PetroleumInstitute (API).


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