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 at posting them at a proper time. (Keeping my fingers crossed).

Solvay new fuel cell plant

Solvay is building a test fuel cell plant worth over EUR 5 million ($6.8m) with a total electric power of 1 megawatt (MW) at the SolVin plant in Lillo, Antwerp, Belgium. The fuel cell will convert hydrogen produced by electrolysis at SolVin’s plant into electricity.

GreenWERCS now available

GreenWERCS, which analyzes the composition of individual products using ingredient data to examine its potential impact on human health and the environment, is now available for chemical manufacturers. Once the product formulation is entered into the system, GreenWERCS provides a product’s ‘green score’ and a visual analysis on how its products rank and where the most immediate opportunities are to reformulate without hazardous chemicals.

Solar cluster in Germany

Linde Nippon Sanso (LNS), a company of The Linde Group, and Bosch Solar Energy, extended their collaboration at Bosch’s new crystalline Si solar cell manufacturing site in Arnstadt, Germany. LNS will supply silane and ammonia gas, both critical materials in the fabrication of Bosch’s high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) cells.

GE raises wind farm stake

GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE, invested $65 million in preferred equity to fund construction of the CPV Keenan II wind farm in Oklahoma, with an option to invest $100 million more in partnership equity upon commencement of commercial operations. The 152-megawatt wind farm is scheduled for completion by year’s end.

Lithium ion battery investment

Toda America, a subsidiary of Toda Kogyo Corp. in Japan, has been awarded a $35 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the Recovery Act – Electric Device Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative. The grant will partially Toda’s plans to build a manufacturing plant of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Photovoltaic records

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has set two world records for photoelectric conversion efficiency in polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells, achieved by reducing resistive loss in the cells. Mitsubishi Electric will be developing mass-production technology to deliver these high conversion rates in commercial PV modules.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

INTERVIEW: Myriant Technologies expects that renewable succinic acid can become a bio-based intermediate that can compete on price against its petrochemical peers.

Increased use of biodiesel in the global marketplace will favour the use of top-tier lubricants, which mainly come from high-quality base oils, chemical additives company Infineum said.

High-volume products, particularly generics, present good opportunities for green chemistry to dramatically reduce both environmental impact and manufacturing costs, India-based Newreka Green-Synth Technologies said.

Texas and Virginia joined a formidable phalanx of trade groups to bombard the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with petitions and lawsuits challenging the agency’s plan to cut US emissions of greenhouse gases.

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