Archive | March, 2010

Palm oil supplier in trouble

I guess the “persuasive” power of Greenpeace is stronger than it seems as two more global food conglomerate, Nestle and Cargill, have followed Unilever’s footstep in dropping Indonesian palm oil producer Sinar Mas as their supplier. Unilever dropped Sinar Mas last year December after Greenpeace alleged in a report that the company is engaging in […]

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Weekly News Roundup

No rest for the weary, that’s all I can say… Here are this week’s news roundup that was supposed to be posted on Monday:Camelina and coal in jet fuelAccelergy Corporation and Great Plains Oil & Exploration – The Camelina Company have joined forces in the development of biojet fuel made from blended camelina oil and […]

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A chemical consultant’s view on BPA

As noted on my previous post, here is my full Q&A interview with Michael Brown, president of consulting firm StrategyMark, on his views about bisphenol-A. Mr. Brown’s previous chemical career highlights include as global coatings director of Quaker Chemical (2006-08), partner and VP of ChemQuest Group (1999-2006); business manager at DuPont (1981-1999), process engineer at […]

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EPA moves in on BPA

This news is very timely given my article on Bisphenol-A published today on ICIS Chemical Business. Let’s go first to the EPA news before I discuss my article. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it plans to add BPA on its list of chemicals of concern, which will require its further testing […]

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BP closes solar plant in Maryland

BP might be investing left and right in wind farms in the US but when it comes to solar cell and wafer manufacturing, the wind has gone out of this business’ sail because of material pricing woes. BP announced last week that it will shutdown its solar manufacturing facility in Frederick, Maryland, and sad as […]

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Air Force tests camelina jet fuel

Here’s my last update from last week (I think) and then I’ll try to post about my recent trip to Wacker Chemie’s annual press conference to talk about their sustainability strategies and their very interesting developments toward green chemistry. Also in my draft are my interviews with Zeachem CEO Jim Imbler, and Antonis Papadourakis of […]

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DNP’s biosuccinic partnership

Here’s another news that came out last week while I was in Munich. I think I mentioned in another post before that news seem to be coming out right and left whenever I’m traveling? Last Thursday, DNP Green Technology announced a partnership with GreenField Ethanol to build a $50m bio-succinic acid refinery that will produce […]

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Green bucks are here

Alright, I’m back from my drinking binge in Germany (just kidding!). I wish the world is hooked on wifi for free so I can tweet and blog to my heart’s content! Or ICIS will just give me a portable internet connection (crossing fingers…) = ) Anyway, here’s an announcement from Genomatica last Thursday about their […]

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Cytec forms green chemistry alliance

It’s 4am here in Munich and my body clock is still adjusting so instead of staring at the ceiling, might as well make myself useful by scanning recent tweets from my green chemistry friends. @BeyondBenign sent me this news about their recent new green chemistry alliance with specialty chemicals company Cytec Industries, and product lifecycle […]

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Shell starts first biogasoline demo plant

I just got this email from Shell announcing their successful start-up of the world’s first demonstration plant converting plant sugars into gasoline and gasoline blend components (instead of ethanol) in Wisconsin, USA. The demo plant has the capacity to produce up to 38,000 litres/year (10,000 gal/year), which will be used for engine and fleet testing. […]

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