Weekly News Roundup

I am here today in Munich, Germany, preparing to cover Wacker Chemie‘s annual international press conference in the next few days. In the pipeline for possible tweeting and blog (if I can get a wifi connection) includes Wacker’s solar business, sustainability strategies, biotechnology and green chemistry. The green blogger will be a little bit busier than before so pardon the sparse posts.

By the way, this week, my bioplastic article from ICIS Chemical Business also came out, so please check it out. A new bioplastic presentation from Jim Lunt & Associates accompanies the online version.

Eastman buys non-phthalate plasticizers

Eastman Chemical will acquire Genovique Specialties Corporation, a global producer of specialty plasticizers, benzoic acid, and sodium benzoate. The acquisition will establish Eastman as a global leader in non-phthalate plasticizers for both general purpose and specialty markets.

BP’s wind farm in Idaho

Ridgeline Energy, LLC and BP Wind Energy are mobilizing the construction site for the Goshen North wind farm in Bonneville County, Idaho. When fully operational, the wind farm will have a generating capacity of 124.5 megawatts and will be the largest wind facility in the state of Idaho.

Polysilicon pilot plant

Iosil Energy, which develops high-purity solar grade polysilicon for the photovoltaic industry, has secured $13.5 million in equity financing in an oversubscribed round. The full investment will be used by the company to build out a pilot manufacturing plant and prepare for commercial introduction.

Gas for China’s solar

Linde Group and its subsidiary, Linde LienHwa (LLH), inked a long-term gas supply contracts with leading Chinese solar manufacturers where where Linde will supply to the full solar manufacturing value chain in China, from polysilicon to major solar module manufacturers, including GS Solar, Parity Solar, CNPV Solar Power SA, General Solar Power and Argus Power.

Li-Ion battery plant in Florida

Saft has broken ground 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. The facility will begin production during the second half of 2011

And in ICIS news (requires subscription):

A looming federal mandate for higher US consumption of ethanol in transportation fuels may trigger refinery shutdowns, higher gasoline prices for consumers and feedstock issues for petrochemical producers.

Can-coating suppliers already have bisphenol A (BPA)-free epoxy technologies that are ready to deploy, an official from US consultancy StrategyMark said.

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) renewed calls for continued government support for the industry, saying the elimination of tax subsidies and import duties could wipe out nearly 40% of the country’s ethanol production.


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