Weekly News Roundup

There have been several big biofuel news last week (always happens when I’m out) coming from BP/Verenium, ExxonMobil/Synthetic Genomics, Novozymes, and from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I will try to post them as soon as possible but in the meantime, here are last week’s news roundup:

CO2 from barley-to-ethanol

Praxair signed a 15-year contract with Osage Bio Products, an affiliate of Osage Bio Energy, for the purchase of carbon dioxide that is produced from Osage’s barley-to-ethanol bio-processing operations in Hopewell, Va. The CO2 will be purified and liquefied to produce up to 450 tons per day from Praxair’s new plant, scheduled for start up in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Recycling photovoltaic waste

pv recycling of Tempe, AZ, and Swiss based ENCROS signed a deal to develop photovoltaic collection and recycling systems in North America and Europe. ENCROS will develop, test, and operate recycling technologies, while pv recycling will implement and manage areas related to administration, logistics, and regulatory compliance.

ADM’s new ethanol dry mill

Archer Daniels Midland opened its new Columbus, Neb., ethanol dry mill, which provides the Company with an additional 300m gal/year ethanol production capacity. ADM’s total ethanol production capacity will reach 1.8bn gal/year once a second corn dry mill in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, opens later in 2010.

Wet wipes waste to biomass

Wet wipes manufacturer Nice-Pak Products has transfored its Green Bay, Wisconsin, manufacturing plant into a “zero landfill” facility. The plant now converts its 1,200-1,500 tons of industrial waste into biomass pellets that can be reused as fuel for electricity.

Silicon ink for solar cell

JA Solar signed a three-year supply agreement for silicon nanoparticle ink from Innovalight for the production of JA Solar’s recently announced SECIUM high efficiency solar cells. Pilot production of the SECIUM cells began in May with commercial volume production planned in the second half of 2010. JA Solar has achieved conversion efficiency of 18.9 percent for its SECIUM solar cells.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

The US and Europe added more electricity generating capacity from renewable rather than conventional sources last year for the second year in a row, according to reports from the United Nations Environment Programme and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

SunOpta is planning a demonstration project near Toronto to make cellulosic ethanol in co-production with xylitol.

Germany proposed a legal framework for the development of carbon capture and storage projects in the country.

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