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!

For now here are this week’s news roundup:

Algae chemical partnership

Blue Marble Energy and Bionavitas formed a partnership where Blue Marble Energy will produce high-margin biochemicals from microalgae supplied by Bionavitas.

Clean fuels from syngas

Honeywell’s UOP LLC company expanded its alliance with Rentech to support clean fuels production, adding UOP gas processing technology for the treatment of synthesis gas from sources such as biomass, natural gas and coal.

Coke’s cogeneration plant

GE Energy, the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A., and the energy development company ContourGlobal started a new cogeneration plant at Coca-Cola Hellenic’s Ploiesti bottling facility near Bucharest, Romania.

PV buyout in India

KSK Surya Photovoltaic Venture Pte. Ltd. has agreed to buytwo SunFab thin-film lines from Applied Materials to manufacturehigh-power-output 5.7 m2 solar panels, to be installed in what will beIndia’s largest PV factory.

Clariant’s EcoTain label

Clariant launches EcoTain- a new label concept designed to clearly identify its green productsand processes to customers in various industries like personal care,detergents, industrial home care and coatings as well as the deicingmarkets.

From ICIS news (requires subscription):

Second-generation biofuels are close to becoming commercially viable,which could be a huge step toward significantly reducing greenhouse gasemissions, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has acquired biodiesel component production assets in the Czech Republic from Czech-based company Via Chem Group.

Canadawill spend C$865m ($824m) to help fund a carbon capture and storageproject at the Shell-led Scotford oil sands upgrader project in theAlberta province.

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