Archive | November, 2009

GE exits US solar panel production

I tried to find this press release on GE’s website but was unsuccessful. According to a Dow Jones article, GE will close its only solar panel manufacturing facility in the US as prices for panels become cheaper. GE’s crystalline silicone panels production facility in Delaware will reportedly stop by January and will completely shut down […]

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Shell abandons Choren

There are so many news to cover this week (and last week!) that I’ll start with this one. It was a bit of a surprise that Shell abandoned their biofuel project with Germany-based CHOREN Industries but maybe Shell is cutting down as they’re handling to many biofuel projects these days?? (See some of their activities […]

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Weekly News Roundup

A chockful of news last week mostly in the biofuels arena. Good thing the blog is not constrained with spaces! (unlike the magazine). Watch out next week for news from South America as my colleague Anna Jagger and other ICIS news editors cover the ongoing Latin American Petrochemical Annual Meeting (APLA). It will be interesting […]

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Dow loves algae

Dow Chemical explains how their joint venture development with algae company Algenol Biofuels will work. The company says the ethanol produced from algae can either be used as biofuel or chemical feedstock.

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90% bioplastic substitution possible

A new study from the European Bioplastics and the European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence (EPNOE) estimated that substitution potential of up to 90% of the total consumption of plastics by bio-based polymers are technically possible. Still, that estimate will not be fulfilled in the near future because of low oil price, high production costs and […]

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More Venture Capital for green chems

Renewable chemical companies seem to be getting better in raising money from venture firms these days. An article from Reuters cited the recent news (which I also posted in my news roundup) about biosuccinic acid producer DNP Green Technology raising $12m from venture firms Sofinnova Partners, Mitsui & Co., Venture Partners, Samsung Ventures Investment Corp., […]

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TOFA exempted from REACH?

European manufacturers of tall oil fatty acids (TOFA) – a chemical produced from the byproduct of the pulp and paper manufacture, are hoping to have the product exempted from Europe’s chemical regulation REACH (registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances). The Hydrocarbon Resins, Rosin Resins and Pine Chemicals Producers Association (HARRPA) said that TOFA […]

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Ecopackaging on Sprint accessories

After collaborating with Samsung on its new eco-friendly mobile phone Samsung Reclaim which debuted in the US last August, Sprint now redesigned its wireless accessory packaging line with environment-friendly alternatives. Beginning this month, Sprint is selling in their retail stores various accessories packaged with recyclable polyethylene terapthalate or PET instead of polyvinyl chloride or PVC. […]

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EPA to curb pesticide drifts

I guess pesticide is the topic for this week after reporting about carbofuran. This time, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a new pesticide labeling to reduce off-target spray and dust drift. The agency is also requesting comments on a petition to evaluate children’s exposure to pesticide drift. The new labels will have […]

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Clariant expands green cleaning chems

Specialty chemicals company Clariant has been very enthusiastic last month in launching new greener products and formulation concepts. To start, the company launched its new EcoTain label (promoting Ecological, Economic, Sustainable products) for cosmetics and personal care, detergents, industrial cleaning products, coatings and deicings. Examples of their EcoTain labeled product offerings include sunflower oil-based emulsifiers; […]

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