Weekly News Roundup: Grants galore!

I apologize for the delay in the News Roundup. I have some big researching to do regarding an upcoming article about high technology chemicals/materials for space crafts. This is my first time covering this market and so if any companies are interested in participating in the article, let me know! I have until November 20 to get information and this will come out on ICIS Chemical Business’ December 14 aerospace issue.

In the meantime, here are this week’s roundup. Noticed that most of them are about green funds and grants. Get the money flowing!

$12m funds for bio-succinic

DNP Green Technology (one of the biobased succinic acid developers) raised $12m in equity investments led by Sofinnova Partners and including Mitsui & Co. Venture Partners, Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation, the Cliffton Group and AquaRIMCO.

PlastiPure gets NIEHS grant

PlastiPure received a $1.1m grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety (NIEHS) to continue development and commercialization of plastics that do not leach chemicals with harmful estrogenic activity (EA).

EU biorefinery grants

Borregaard has received 4 million Euros in research grants from the EU, which will be used for demonstration plants within development projects connected to Borregaard’s biorefinery concept. The EU’s seventh framework programme for R&D is offering altogether EUR 57m through the Joint Biorefinery Call during the period 2010-2014. More than 50 projects applied at the beginning, but only three received the grants so far.

LED grant from DOE

Momentive Performance Materialswill receive $4.5m in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)to continue the development of low cost production of light emittingdiodes (LEDs) used in solid state lighting (SSL) and for increased LEDlight source performance. LED lights can consume 75% less energy andhave a longer lifetime than common lighting options, but LED-basedlighting is currently more expensive to produce.

Green ceiling standards

UL Environmentis developing sustainability standards for suspended ceiling materialsand systems. Suspended ceilings are often made of fiberglass, woodfiber, wet-pressed mineral-fiber, waste paper, cornstarch and othermineral-based components, and can contain recycled content.

BP in solar tech development

BP Solarand Petra Solar joined in the development of Alternating Current (AC)solar module products, initially targeting distributed utility-scaleprojects. The companies will integrate Petra Solar microinverter andsmart grid capabilities with specially designed BP Solar photovoltaic(PV) solar module expertise.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

Louis Dreyfus is now the world’s second-largest sugarcane ethanol producer following its takeover of Brazilian sugarcane group Santelisa Vale.

Argentinahas endorsed a growing trend in Latin America by banning the use ofnon-biodegradable plastic bags in the province of Buenos Aires.

The heads of the US biofuels industrytold a Congressional subcommittee last week that the federal governmentwould have to strengthen its ties to the renewable fuels sector if theUS wanted to meet its advance biofuels production targets.


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