Weekly news roundup

Several chemical, green chemistry and renewable energy companies will be presenting today and Wednesday at Jefferies 9th annual Clean Technologies conference here in New York. My colleague Ivan Lerner will cover both days while I will cover the March 17th session. Watch out for our coverage (me via twitter @ICISgreenblog) for presentations coming from companies such as Air Products, Novozymes, BP, Total, Solazymes, Braskem, Dow Chemical, Metabolix, Elevance, Nalco, and many more.

For now here are this week’s news roundup:

New photovoltaic joint venture

Enovos Luxembourg SA and Avelar Energy Ltd. (based in Zurich), formed a joint venture under the name ‘Aveleos S.A.‘. The objective of this new company, which is headquartered in Luxembourg, is to develop, operate and bring to the market photovoltaic plants in Italy and France with a total capacity of up to 95 MW.

New biofuel clusters

Total will permanently shut down refining operations at its Dunkirk site in France, which will be repurposed. One of Total’s plans is to maintain the existing ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) production unit at the Dunkirk site. ETBE is used in biofuels. In addition, it will offer the site to its BioTfueL project partners for a second-generation biofuel pilot unit.



Albemarle in biofuels


Albemarle will participate in the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC) that will conduct research to develop clean sustainable transportation fuels. Albemarle’s Alternative Fuel Technologies Division is focusing on the development and commercialization of new breakthrough catalysts and technologies for the conversion of biomass into fuels.

New Lithium ion factory

Saft has started its lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturing plant at Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville, Florida. The factory will build advanced Li-ion cells and batteries for military hybrid vehicles, aviation, smart grid support, broadband back-up power and energy storage for renewable energy.



Waste recycling partnership


Smurfit-Stone Container’s Recycling division has partnered with Emerald Waste Services (EWS) to operate EWS’s materials recycling facility (MRF) and transfer station in Gainesville, FL. Smurfit-Stone will pull recyclable materials delivered to the transfer station from the waste stream.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

Owners and operators of chemical tankers are bracing themselves for a new wave of expensive environmental regulation.

The US chemicals sector renewed its attack on the EU programme for registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals (Reach), warning that US adoption of that far-reaching controls system will cripple the industry.

Flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs) that can burn high blends of ethanol will out compete vehicles powered by batteries, hydrogen or natural gas due to pricing and flexibility, US auto and chemical industry executives said.



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