Weekly News Roundup

Posts will be few in the next two weeks as the Green Blog prepares for the holidays (I still have some last minute shopping to do!) as well as working on a deadline for a sustainable building and construction article. Unfortunately, there seems to be more news coming out this month so I hope to get as much of them as I can.

For now, here are last week’s news roundup:

Lactide for bioplastics

Purac will start construction of a lactide plant in Thailand to produce components for bioplastics. The EUR 45 million ($64.6m) plant will start up in the second half of 2011.

Bagasse to biogas

Cetrel and Novozymes joined in a research partnership to turn the sugarcane waste bagasse into biogas using enzymes. The biogas can be used to produce electricity for production facilities, and surplus electricity can be sold to the market through the electric grid.

Carbon capture project in Texas

Air Products has signed a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) on a two-phase carbon capture project that will design and construct a state-of-the-art system to capture CO2 from Air Products’ steam methane reformers located at a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

Valero buys ethanol plants

Valero will pay $200m to ASA Ethanol Holdings LLC to buy two ethanol plants that had been previously owned by VeraSun Energy. The plants – located in Linden, Ind. and Bloomingburg, Ohio – each have an annual production capacity of 110 million gallons.

Kyocera supplies solar

Kyocera has supplied roughly 190,000 solar modules, equivalent to approximately 40 megawatts (MW) for two newly completed large-scale solar power plants in Spain. The company will also supply 13 MW of solar modules for the Ohgishima Solar Power Plant planned by Tokyo Electric Power Company. The installation will be one of the largest in Japan.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

The European Biodiesel Board (EBB) is close to launching an official complaint to EU trade authorities against importers of US biodiesel alleged to have circumvented anti-dumping tariffs imposed earlier in the year.

The photovoltaic (PV) industry will likely grow, fuelling demand for raw materials produced by chemical companies, according to Deloitte Services.

The dispute between the Obama administration and the US energy sector over development of the nation’s vast domestic oil and gas resources is growing increasingly heated, and it may play a central role in next year’s national elections.

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