Weekly News Roundup

While I’m knee-deep last week transcribing phone interviews for my bioplastic article as well as trying to find people interested in talking about bisphenol-A (this one should be interesting), Walmart was busy announcing its latest sustainability strategy of eliminating 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain by the end of 2015.

More on that in another post but in the meantime, I am happy to announce that this week’s news roundup is finally on time (yey!).

Ukraine gets green thumbs-up

Alternativa and GreenShift Corp. have entered into an exclusive supply and cooperation agreement for the purpose of designing and developing sustainable integrated feedstock and renewable energy production facilities, the first being in Ukraine. The facility will be designed to process rapeseed into substantial quantities of renewable fuels, edible oils and animal feed.

EcoPure in containers

Casey Container Corp. acquired the licensing rights to incorporate EcoPure™ biodegradable additive into the manufacture of plastic containers for use in the food, beverage and pharma packaging industries. The containers will be 100% biodegradable as well as recyclable, and can therefore be mixed into the standard PET recycling stream.

New Jersey solar cell tech

Natcore Technology made a deal with a consortium in China to form a joint venture company, which will develop and manufacture film-growth equipment and materials using Natcore’s proprietary Liquid Phase Deposition (LPD) technology. The technology would be used in the production of solar cells.

Deere still in wind energy?

Deere & Company said it will review strategic options for its wind energy business and has retained Goldman, Sachs & Co. as exclusive financial advisor to assist in the initiative. Currently, Deere has 34 wind energy projects in seven states with operational capacity of 706 megawatts.

Biodegradable recycled trash bags

B Greeb Innovations had commenced prototype development of its biodegradable plastic garbage, compactor & pet bags made from recycled plastics, and the bags are now in the testing phase. The plastic bags contains the company’s biodegradable additive technology Renatura.

Dow gets Michigan tax credit

Dow Chemical received from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) a MEGA Job Creation Tax Credit, which includes incentives for the company’s recently announced DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle facility. MEGA also approved a $42m tax credit application for Dow Kokam, a joint venture between Dow and TK Advanced Battery. The grant will help Dow’s financing in the production of lithium ion battery packs for hybrid and electric vehicles at its battery manufacturing facility in Midland.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

US ethanol production in 2009 was 10.75bn gal, an increase of 16.5% from 9.23bn gal the previous year, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.

A bipartisan group of US House representatives has joined Senate members in seeking to overturn plans by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases.

High-value commodities such as pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals will be the first end-markets to benefit from algae bioengineering and farming.

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