Weekly News Roundup

I am here in Phoenix, Arizona, already baked brown under this afternoon’s hot sun and preparing for the AOCS (American Oil Chemists Society) annual meeting. I hope to do some tweeting as well but that depends on the mercy of the WiFi gods. I’ll try to post some info this week but I already have photos of cactus as alternative in case I couldn’t make it.

By the way, AOCS is offering a free live webcast of their annual keynote presentation on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:15am (US MST). This year is going to be from Richard Theiler, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, from The Dial Corporation.

Try to tune in for that. For now, here are this week’s news roundup:

Eastman opens new Tritan plant

Eastman opened its new plant in Kingston, Tenn., which is exclusively dedicated to the production of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. Demand for Tritan has been increasing as it targets product applications such as infant care and bottled water products aiming to replace BPA-contained polycarbonates.

First algae customer

Algae technology developer OriginOil has signed multi-phase commercialization project with MBD Energy Limited, which is OriginOil’s first algae-producing customer. OriginOil will supply MBD Energy its Quantum Fracturing™ and Single-Step Extraction™ systems, which will be integrated into MBD’s proprietary growth system, the Algae Synthesizer, to enhance algae growth and perform oil extraction.

CO2 captured and reused

BECO2 commissioned its CO2 liquefaction unit on the INEOS Oxide Zwijndrecht site. Around 150.000 ton of CO2, which is produced as by-product of the Ethylene Oxide process will be captured, purified, liquefied, sold and re-used.

Honeywell in natural fiber

Honeywell has partnered with GreenFiber LLC, the largest U.S. manufacturer of natural fiber insulation, for the Honeywell’s Enovate™PRO Weatherization Contractor Program. GreenFiber will become a distributor of Honeywell’s new line of weatherization products.

Air Liquide solar cell JV

Air Liquide and Sixtron Advanced Materials have partnered to promote and distribute advanced coating materials to crystalline silicon (“c-Si”) solar cell manufacturers worldwide. Sixtron’s Silexium™ technology will enable crystalline solar panel producers to improve the performance of their solar cells efficiency and reduce costs without significant up-front capital investment.

And from ICIS News (requires subscription):

Climate change legislation introduced in the US Senate this week could result in higher prices for nitrogen fertilizers, trade group The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) said.

Biofuel sales in Argentina reached 115,000 cubic metres in the first four months of the year following the adoption of new blending mandates.

INSIGHT: Industrial, or ‘white’ biotechnology is quietly making great strides and the use of alternative chemical feedstocks is growing fast.


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