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 fuel

Accelergy Corporation and Great Plains Oil & Exploration – The Camelina Company have joined forces in the development of biojet fuel made from blended camelina oil and coal using a coal biomass-to-liquid (CBTL) technology. The technology has been proven at laboratory and small scale pilot projects.

Bioplastic in Chile and Peru

Cereplast has entered into a new distribution agreement with Santiago, Chile-based ATSA CHILE SA to supply both Cereplast Compostables and Hybrids Resins bioplastic resins in Chile and Peru.

Certified bioplastic

NatureWorks says its Ingeo™ biopolymer is the first polymer to earn a four-star “OK biobased” rating from the European certification organization Vinçotte of Vilvoorde, Belgium. The certification recognizes four levels of renewable carbon content and four stars awarded for more than 80% biobased carbon content.

3M in biofuels, solar

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and 3M are collaborating on thin-film photovoltaics, concentrating solar power and biofuels development. The research range from jointly identifying and developing critical aspects of renewable energy technology to accelerated testing of 3M designs and scaling-up successful prototype technologies for commercial production.

…and Alcoa in solar

Alcoa is jointly testing an advanced solar technology with NRE), with the goal of making Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology competitive in the United States by lowering its cost to generate energy. Currently, commercial Concentrating Solar Power systems installed to date use glass mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers that collect the solar energy and convert it to heat.

From ICIS news (requires subscription):

The Brazilian ethanol industry is slowly recovering from a “problematic year” in 2009, when production was impacted by the financial crisis and inclement weather in the country’s main sugarcane-producing region.

The world chemical industry will continue to face challenges from tight energy supplies and industry consolidation to climate-change regulations and protectionism – all trends that the industry can help shape to its advantage.

US petrochemicals producers are facing an unprecedented wave of environmental and safety regulations this year, ranging from curbs on greenhouse gas emissions to chemical security.


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