Archive | February, 2010

Feedstock innovation spurs biodiesel demand

Technological advancements in algae, jatropha, waste grease (maybe even Camelina?) are expected to boost biodiesel revenues worldwide, according to this recent study from Pike Research. The study reports that by 2020, global biodiesel revenues are estimated to reach $71 billion, up from $18 billion expected this year. Helping the industry are powerful backers such as […]

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Sustainable value of chemical companies

I’ve posted before about the sustainability value of certain chemicals based on their lifecycle analysis – from raw material sourcing to product use/disposal. One recent report about that is a study initiated by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) last year. This study analyzed the life cycle carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions of over […]

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Chevron in Solar

It’s interesting to see Chevron venturing into the solar market since none of the oil companies (as far as I know) seem to be interested in investing in this area. Chevron’s announcement came in this Tuesday stating that its sister company Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) will build a one megawatt concentrating photovoltaic solar facility on […]

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Blooming Buzz on Bloom Energy

My boss told me about this start-up company called Bloom Energy that was featured in CBS 60 Minutes last Sunday and of course, I put this on my To-Do post for this week. To my surprise, this company is all over the news today as they announced their high-profile press conference to formally introduce themselves […]

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Green chocolates

Why not give your eco-conscious sweetheart green chocolates (they could be the minty ones although not necessarily) that not only taste good but also lower carbon dioxide emissions during its lifecycle? Premium chocolate producer Lindt says they are now helping producing renewable power with the help of New Hampshire’s largest electric utility company PSNH by […]

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Weekly News Roundup

It is not my intention to post the Weekly News Roundup on Tuesdays, which seems to be happening frequently. Oh well, better late than never I guess. According to the god of ICIS Blogs Simon Robinson, the Weekly News Roundup seems to be very popular with the readers so I will aim to be better […]

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Biofuel News Part 2

Other big news announcements from the biofuel industry the past two weeks include a new biojet fuel production facility being built by British Airways; news about biodiesel catalysts; a new enzyme from Novozyme that helps turn waste into fuel; and car rental company Enterprise Holding announcing its North American fleet shifting to biodiesel. In the […]

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Biofuel news Part 1

ICIS News reporters were very busy in the past two weeks covering the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, Florida (Feb. 15-17) and the 2010 National Biodiesel Conference in Grapevine, Texas (Feb. 7-10). Let’s start with the ethanol conference where this year’s event drew even more delegates because of the perceived improved sentiment about the US […]

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Sustainability awardees at Informex

Informex announced last week its “Profiles in Sustainability” awardees and the chosen ones were DSM, Lonza, Iolitec, Segetis and the Wercs. At the Informex show in San Francisco, ICIS Chemical Business senior editor Clay Boswell reported that both Netherlands-based life and materials science company DSM and Swiss life science company Lonza were honoured for their […]

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Gren Chemistry news Part 2

There were tons of green chemistry and biofuel announcements since last week and as what I’ve mentioned before, development activities in the green chemistry field seem to be increasing fast. I’ll put a separate post for biofuels as there are big news as well in this area especially for biodiesel. In the green chemistry sector, […]

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