Weekly News Roundup

Last week was a busy news week with new grants announcement coming from the Department of Energy (DOE); the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing that they still can’t decide what to do with bisphenol-A (BPA); and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcing their goals for the year and beyond.

Next week, I’m off to Disney World (Orlando, Florida) attending the Soap and Detergent Association meeting. I’m hoping to get more information about sustainability and green trends within the cleaning industry as well as updates on the cleaning industry’s consumer product ingredient communication initiative.

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

Battery acquisition

Dow Kokam has acquired Societe de Vehicles Electriques (SVE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the France-based Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault (Dassault) that develops high-performance battery and energy management systems.

SC Johnson’s wind project

SC Johnson has launched a wind energy pilot program at their headquarters campus with the installation of three new wind turbines. American Renewable Power of Wisconsin installs the Swift turbines designed by Cascade Engineering, Inc.

White biotech collaboration

Germany-based RWE Power and BRAIN AG have joined forces to developed processes to convert carbon dioxide into microbial biomass or biomolecules as new sources of raw materials for new biomaterials, bioplastics and chemical by-products. Possible applications, now being explored, include building and isolation materials and the production of fine and specialty chemicals.

Carbon capture cooperation

BASF and Linde-KCA-Dresden GmbH (LKCA), a Linde Group subsidiary, will jointly market licenses and plants for the capture of carbon dioxide(CO2) from flue gases in the future. BASF will be responsible for thechemical processes for capturing CO2, while LKCA will provideengineering, design and construction of the facilities.

Photovoltaic investment

DuPontinvested $175 million to complete the multi-phase expansion of itsDuPont™ Tedlar® PV2001 series oriented film production line in DuPont’sCircleville, Ohio, facility. Tedlar® films serve as the criticalcomponent of photovoltaic backsheets.

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

Cap-and-trade schemes to curb global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions mayturn out to be a “big scam” because they are impossible to properlypolice, Canadian environmental advocacy group Probe International said.

Mumbai,India’s financial capital, is expected to impose in the next few weeksa ban on use of thin plastic carry bags as it tries to weed out smallillegal players from the domestic polymer market.

A group representing Canadian lawn care firmsis seeking criminal charges against Ontario’s environment minister andfive ministry officials in an effort to overturn the province’s ban oncosmetic pesticides.

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