Weekly News Roundup

Just finished my article about bio-based materials for automotive parts and I have plenty of left-over to share for the blog.

Before I do that, I am also compiling all information I’ve gathered last week at the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) meeting, which hopefully I’ll be able to post. And on top of that, I am starting on a new article about traditional chemical companies such as DuPont, BASF, DSM, Braskem, Solvay, Wacker Chemie, and Arkema investing on/developing biotech-based industrial chemical processing….(My brain needs energy-efficiency processing asap!)

So here are this week’s news roundup before my brain goes into force majeure:

Arkema on green chemistry

Arkema says it plans to increase sales of bio-based products from 7.5% of total sales to 10% by 2012 through project developments currently underway. The company is currently looking into producing acrylic acid from glycerol, and to market carbon nanotubes manufactured from bio-ethanol.

Novozymes partners with Ceres

Energy crop company Ceres and enzyme company Novozymes have entered a research collaboration to co-develop customized plant varieties such as switchgrass, miscanthus and sorghum, and enzyme cocktails for the production of cellulosic biofuel.

Honeywell and DuPont in green refrigerant

Honeywell and DuPont formed a manufacturing joint venture to produce a new refrigerant for use in automotive air conditioning systems. The new refrigerant has 99.7% lower global warming potential (GWP) than the current refrigerant.

New Green Institute

Consulting and certification firm MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry) has formed the non-profit organization Green Products Innovation Institute in California to support the state’s Green Chemistry Initiative. The Institute will audit and issue its Cradle to Cradle® certifications, which evaluates products and materials for human health, environmental health and recyclability.

Recycled water for Air Products

Air Products’ manufacturing facility in Santa Clara, California, has installed a new water treatment system that uses recycled water instead of potable (drinking) water in its industrial cooling process. The facility produces oxygen, nitrogen and argon for industrial applications and also serves as a distribution center for electronic specialty gases and helium.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

An increasing number of microbe-produced surfactants are being developed and commercialised in cleaning products, a researcher from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.

Supplies of oleic fatty acids are tightening as the material is being used to make dispersants – a key product that BP is using to break up a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The glycerine industry is making headway in its negotiations to have their product approved for heat transfer applications that would open the door for more glycerine to get into the huge anti-freeze markets.


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