Weekly News Roundup

The 3-day long weekend comes to an end (pity…) and school is back (pity me…) The battle on climate change bill will again be back on track in Congress although the health care reform will most probably overshadow that. An ICIS insight piece from Washington correspondent Joe Kamalick last week states…

“The once healthy climate change bill soon might be a candidate for end-of-life counselling, its fate perhaps already sealed by a death-panel of congressional Democrats more fearful of constituents’ ire and fire than global warming.”

Let me know what you think about this. Meanwhile, here are this week’s news roundup:

India ships biodiesel

AE Biofuels through its subsidiary, Universal Biofuels Pvt. Ltd., has completed a $3 million shipment of biodiesel to a large European customer produced from its 50 million gallon per year biodiesel production facility located in Kakinada, India.

Algae Asian negotiation

Negotiations are underway with BioCentric Energy Holdings for an exclusive licensing agreement for the manufacture and use of BioCentric’s Patent Pending Algae Pro Closed loop Photobioreactor System in Asia. Terms, licensing fee and the country in question are confidential at this time.

Economical 2nd gen ethanol

Fulcrum BioEnergy has successfully demonstrated the ability to economically produce renewable ethanol derived from garbage. The company plans to start its first large-scale project, the Sierra BioFuels Plant, located in Nevada by 2011.

Dow’s green Quebec facility

Dow Building Solutions’ facilityin Varennes, Quebec, that manufactures STYROFOAMâ„¢ Brand ExtrudedPolystyrene (XPS) Foam Insulation has converted to its new zeroozone-depleting, no-VOC (volatile organic compound) foaming agenttechnology.

Ethanol facility sold

Xethanol Biofuels, a subsidiary of Global Energy Holdings has soldits ethanol facility in Blairstown, Iowa to Fiberight, LLC. Thefacility was producing 5.6 million gal/year corn ethanol before GlobalEnergy ceased production last year in May.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

Japanese chemical producer Kaneka Corp has begun selling bio-surfactant surfactin sodium salt.

German biofuels firm ChorenIndustries has agreed with German Pellets, Europe’s largest producer ofwood pellets, to jointly develop wood biomass feedstocks.

Croda Europe is planning to permanently shut down its tallow fatty acid plant in Merseyside, UK, at the end of September.


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