Weekly News Roundup

Deadlines! Can’t write a lot so here are this week’s news roundup.



Bayer R&D in sugarcane ethanol


Bayer 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.

Cereplast bioplastic distribution

Cereplast formed a distribution agreement with Ashland Distribution to supply Cereplast’s bioplastic resins to their global distribution business, and with Thailand-based Alphani International to supply bioplastic resins to Thailand.

UPM mulls biofuel plant

UPM is planning to build a biofuels plant at the Kaukas mill site in Lappeenranta, Finland, which will produce biodiesel, bio gasoline, kerosene and naphtha. Raw materials used would be liquid bio-based organic compounds, like fats oils and forest industry by-products.

“Trashanol” production in Iowa

Maryland-based Fiberight LLC will soon produce organic waste-based ethanol in a converted corn ethanol plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The plant will use International Paper’s organic fiber waste from its Cedar River recycled paper mill, as well as organic pulps made from residential trash. The plant is expected to reach full capacity of 6m gal/year of renewable cellulosic ethanol sometime in 2011.

Westinghouse solar partnership

Akeena Solar, installer and manufacturer of high-performance solar panels, has formed an exclusive global deal to manufacture, distribute, market and install its solar panels under the Westinghouse name. Akeena’s wholly-owned subsidiary Andalay Solar will be renamed Westinghouse Solar.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

The economics minister of Germany‘s Saxony-Anhalt state has called for a research centre focused on technologies to convert lignite coal (brown coal) into chemical feedstocks.

Finland’s Neste Oil is on schedule to bring on stream the world’s biggest renewable diesel plant in Singapore late this year.

Cellulosic and algae biofuel producers are calling for the extension of a cellulosic production tax credit and tax parity for algae-based fuels in order to stimulate recession-stunted private investment.

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