Archive | October, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

The green chemicals blog will be sporadic next week as I cover the ICIS World Oleochemicals conference in Berlin. I’m expecting lots of good information on the current market for vegetable oil and animal fats-based chemicals and will tweet them live as long as I have good internet connection there. Check out @ICISgreenblog next week! […]

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Chemical firms love biofuel

There are several chemical companies who like what they see when it comes to biofuel’s growth in demand. Why? Because it gives them the opportunity to develop (and sell) products that make biofuel cheaper and more efficient to use. Take for an example companies such as Albemarle, BASF, and Evonik who offer high performance catalysts […]

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ICB’s green automotive issue

ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) published this week its automotive issue and most of the topics seem to congregate on making automobiles green via fuel efficiency and use of renewable fuels. Andy Brice wrote “The Weighting Game” which talked about innovative chemical products (an example is biobased engineering plastics) that reduce the […]

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Metabolix targets bioplastic bottle

Metabolix announced yesterday about a $350,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop biobased biodegradable HDPE-alternative plastic bottle. The biodegradable resins are expected to be used for blow molded bottles and other containers. Metabolix cites that over 2 million tons/year of high density polyethylene are used for this application as according to […]

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What’s green with polyurethane?

I’m receiving a lot of updates from the American Chemistry Council’s Polyurethanes 2009 technical conference especially about their renewable content technical session. Here are some presentation tidbits from that session: Battelle Memorial Institute reported a versatile approach to making renewable-content flexible foams derived from vegetable oils, animal fats, and fatty acids using between 20% to […]

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BP likes US wind

There must be something in the US wind energy market that attracts big oil and energy firm BP. Last month, BP said it will focus its wind energy portfolio in the US while at the same time divesting its wind power interests in India. BP’s subsidiary, BP Energy India Private Limited (BPEIPL), which owns and […]

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North Carolina starts plastic bottle ban

October 1 is the start of banning plastic bottle waste in North Carolina’s landfills along with clean wood waste, e-waste, wooden pallets and motor vehicle oil filter. With plastic bottles, the law encourages people to recycling instead, said Raleigh City officials. Raleigh residents, they said, can put the plastic bottles in their City-issued recycling bins. […]

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Dow enters solar shingles market

A recent interview* with Dow Chemical (by ICB editor Joe Chang) reveals that the company estimates sales potential for its new solar shingles of around $5bn by 2015 and $10-11bn by 2020. The company unveiled yesterday its line of DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle, said to be a revolutionary photovoltaic solar panels in the form of […]

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Poop-based ethanol in the horizon

Municipal wastewater solids could be a “hot” biofuel feedstock in the future thanks to continuous developments from companies such as Qteros and Applied CleanTech (ACT). The companies announced today that they have formed a joint development project for more efficient and low-cost ethanol production using ACT’s Sewage Recycling System to produce the waste-based feedstock Recyllose. […]

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Billion dollar funding for carbon capture

Wow! There really seems to be plenty of stimulus money floating around when it comes green/clean technology development. That’s definitely good news! This time, the US Department of Energy (DoE) is awarding $1.4 billion for 12 carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. The first funding phase will involve a total investment of $44.1m (from both […]

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