Weekly News Roundup

Posts from the green blog will be very sporadic this week as I cover this year’s annual Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) meeting. Follow my tweets on @ICISgreenblog for updates on sustainable and green cleaning products. For all other twitter news about the cleaning industry, I will be reporting live via tweets (as long as there’s internet connection) via @ICISchemicalbiz or just search the twitter hashtag #SDA2010.

For now here are this week’s news roundup:

Cellulosic ethanol partnership

Abengoa Bioenergy and Mid-Kansas Electric Company formed a joint venture Abengoa Bioenergy Hybrid of Kansas, LLC (ABHK) to develop a commercial-scale hybrid cellulosic ethanol and power plant, which will use 2,500 tons of biomass daily to produce ethanol and electricity.



Lithium ion battery boost


Celgard will expand capacity of its microporous separators used in lithium-ion batteries at its existing Charlotte, North Carolina facility and build a new manufacturing site in Concord, North Carolina. Celgard could receive up to $18.6 million in cash incentives and tax credits from the State of North Carolina to support the expansion.



Toyota in lithium source


Toyota Group’s subsidiary, Toyota Tsusho Corporation has formed a partnership with Australia-based Orocobre Limited to develop its flagship Salar de Olaroz Lithium-Potash Project in Argentina. Salar de Olaroz has a forecasted output of 15,000 tonnes per year of lithium carbonate.

Joule’s microbial solar site

Joule Biotechnologies secured a site to build its first pilot plant in Leander, Texas, where the company will further develop and test its transformative system for the production of renewable solar fuels and chemicals. The plant will be operational within the first half of 2010.

New Tire-to-oil facilities

InfoSpi has been granted exclusive rights by Lighthouse, LLC to operate Tire to Oil ‘T2O’ facilities in Duval, St. Johns, Volusia, Brevard, Seminole, Orange, and Osceola Florida. InfoSpi plans to open its pilot plant at Pompano Beach early 2011 which will serve as demonstration facilities.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

Germany’s plan to drastically cut subsidies for solar power threatens to undercut the country’s technological edge in that sector and could prompt producers to shift production of photovoltaic modules elsewhere.

The victory of Scott Brown in a special US Senate race will likely end the short-term prospects of a climate-change bill.

US chemical producers may no longer routinely keep from public scrutiny the identity of certain chemicals they make or distribute, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).





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