Weekly News Roundup

Sigh…maybe I should just put the Weekly News Roundup to Tuesday instead if I keep missing my Monday deadline…Here are this week’s roundup of last week’s news!

Expanding animal fats biz

Darling International has completed its acquisition of certain rendering, grease collection and trap servicing business from Sanimax USA Inc. Rendered animal fats are primarily sold to agricultural, leather, oleo-chemical and bio-diesel manufacturers.

Solar power fluid supply

Chemical company Solutia will be supplying Therminol® VP-1 synthetic heat transfer fluid for Solnova 4, a new 50 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Sevilla, Spain managed by Abener.

Bio-lycopene milestone

Microbia has developed microbial strains that produce commercially significant levels of lycopene via fermentation — well in excess of five grams per liter. The company expects its first lycopene sales to occur as early as 2010.

Expanded bioplastic distribution

Cereplast has extended its distribution agreement with A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM) to include all of Europe. A. Schulman will distribute Cereplast Compostables® and Hybrids Resins® to converters and manufacturers throughout Europe.

Expanded plastic recycling

Hilex Poly has expanded its plastic bag recycling facility in North Vernon, IN. The expansion of the factory doubles Hilex Poly’s capacity and will create 21 jobs.

Lithium ion battery monitor

DENSO Corporation has developed its first battery monitoring unit for lithium-ion batteries that utilizes a newly developed voltage control method that uses a simpler and lower cost voltage control circuit. The new product is installed in the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, which Toyota introduced at the end of 2009.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

Operating rates for the US biodiesel industry is approaching “zero percent” as Congress waits on a vote to extend a blending tax credit that would help producers make sales.

US chemical-waste firm CES Environmental Services (CES) plans to contest $1.47m (€1.01m) in proposed penalties from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) warned that plans announced by 11 north-eastern states to mandate low-carbon transportation fuels cannot be realised and will cause severe economic disruption in the region.


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