Weekly News Roundup

The green blog will be sparse this week due to deadlines from my other job (writing for ICIS Chemical Business). Coming soon (hopefully very soon) for the blog is my recent coverage of BASF’s green education building summit; update on the wind market; China and green; and recent reports about enzymes and soy chemicals.

Stay tune! For now here are this week’s news roundup:

Dow Chemical in 3rd gen biodiesel

Cavitation Technologies (CTI) has formed a deal with Biocombustibles y Energias Alternativas (ALS), which is also a partner of Dow Chemical, to develop third generation biodiesel technology projects in Argentina and throughout Latin America. ALS has identified several projects where CTI technology can greatly improve process yields and profitability using CTI and DOW proprietary technology.

Teijin’s recycling in China

Teijin has launched in China its first-ever program for collecting and recycling used garments in collaboration with sports apparel company Li Ning Company Ltd. Teijin will use its ECO CIRCLE recycling technology for the chemical recycling of polyester.

Polymers in biofuel engine

Magneti Marelli has chosen Rhodia’s Technyl® to produce the air intake manifold and the fuel rail of the C4 and the C5 2l biofuel engines in Brazil. The polyamide 6.6 is said to be high temperature-resistant and providing good permeability resistance for under-the-hood applications of the new vehicles.

China’s chicken biogas plant

GE Energy’sJenbacher biogas engines have begun powering China’s largest chickenwaste biogas-energy plant. The plant features an anaerobic digestersystem that consumes 300 tons of manure and 500 tons of wastewaterdaily.

Enerkem builds R&D facility

Enerkemstarts construction of an advanced energy research facility inEdmonton, Canada. The facility will focus on the conversion of varioustypes of waste from industrial sectors and from the municipal sector,to produce green transportation fuels and chemicals. 

Electric car batteries coming soon

Li-Tec Battery GmbH, a subsidiary of Evonik Industries AG,will begin its serial production of several million battery cells forelectric cars in 2011. Li-Tec plans to increase its production capacityfor battery cells to 300,000 annual units by the end of this year.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

US agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will delay opening its renewable propylene glycol plant until the first quarter of 2010.

Climate change policiesmust focus on reducing methane, which can be more effective and quickerin cutting greenhouse gas emissions than carbon dioxide (CO2), a Germanresearch institute said.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)is reassessing how it would measure pollution from renewable fuels, amove that could clear the way for a revival of the US biodieselindustry.



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