Archive | June, 2010

$1bn Carbon Capture projects

Can the US afford to spend billions of dollars to invest in this risky business of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects? So far, the US Department of Energy’s CCS investment is moving along as 3 companies — Air Products & Chemicals, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Leucadia Energy — are now on their phase […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Apologies for the people whose emails I have not yet responded to. Our office is officially in chaos this week with the move to another floor and I’m currently working on my article about zero energy homes, and at the same time, purging tons of trash that have mysteriously accumulated in my drawers, shelves and […]

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Europe sets up sustainable biofuel rules

Ok, this is a very crazy day as our company is moving to another floor in our building for the 5th time in 5 years. I have not yet gone through all my emails for the past 4 days so for those who are inquiring about the incoming BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology conference […]

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Green soccer ball

In honor of today’s opening of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, here’s an interesting tidbit about French chemical company Arkema joining big electronics manufacturer Sony in creating a unique soccer ball that will be distributed by NGOs for African children. The soccer ball called “Join the Team” is partially made from Arkema’s castor […]

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California to ban plastic bag

Okay, now that I’ve got the excitement of the new IPhone 4 out of my system, back to blogging and this one is about California planning to become the first US state to ban single-use plastic bag. Last week, the California Assembly approved the bill AB1998 that would ban single use carryout bags and even […]

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Chinese bio-jet fuel coming soon

I’m trying to post as many as I can before I go to Chicago tomorrow. This one is an announcement on May 27 from Honeywell’s UOP business and Boeing on their plans to get into China’s aviation biofuel market. The companies, including PetroChina, Air China, AECOM, United Technologies, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) and the […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Good Monday morning/afternoon blog readers! I will be traveling this week to attend BASF’s Agriculture Sustainability Summit in Chicago. Follow the hashtag #AgMsBASF or my tweets at @ICISgreenblog/@ICISChemicalBiz. I’m also starting on an article about Zero Energy homes so any chemical companies interested, send me an email this week. Enjoy this week’s roundup and hopefully […]

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New glycerine developments

Just finished my article this week about traditional chemical companies jumping into industrial biotechnology processing. That will come out on June 21 so stay tune. Meanwhile, I have a few glycerine development updates that I got hold from my Phoenix trip attending the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) meeting — geez, that seems like a […]

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Zeachem to start biorefinery in 2011

I was able to attend Zeachem’s conference call yesterday as the company had their groundbreaking ceremony for its new 250,000 gal/year cellulosic ethanol facility in Boardman, Oregon, which is expected to start operating next year. The facility will use poplar, which is plentiful in Boardman, as its feedstock. Zeachem expects to generate 292 direct and […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Deadlines! Can’t write a lot so here are this week’s news roundup.Bayer R&D in sugarcane ethanolBayer CropScience and the CTC – Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira, the Center for Sugarcane Technology, São Paulo, Brazil, formed a research and development partnership to develop sugarcane varieties with higher sugar content, aiming to increase the production efficiency of ethanol. […]

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