Weekly News Roundup

Record-breaking news (for me anyway) came out last week and a lot from biofuels and solar. Also, last week’s chemical regulatory talks are centered mostly on the overhauling of TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act), with the introduction of Bill 5820 by Representatives Bobby L. Rush and Henry A. Waxman.

One of the goals under this bill, by the way, is to promote innovation and investment in green chemistry. More about this new bill in another post. For now, here are this week’s news roundup!

FEDIOL withdraws membership

FEDIOL, the EU oil and protein meal industry, decided in June to withdraw its support from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB). FEDIOL said RSB’s principles and criteria are totally disconnect with the reality of biofuels production, making compliance from the industry nearly impossible.

Sud-Chemie in cellulosic ethanol

German specialty chemical company Süd-Chemie will build Germany´s largest plant to date cellulosic ethanol in Munich with a capacity of 2,000 tonnes/year using the company’s sunliquid process. The plant will start at the end of 2011.

Dow Corning in solar R&D

Dow Corning and The University of Toledo (UT) will form a collaboration on photovoltaic (PV) solar research and development efforts to help reduce the cost of solar energy to make it a viable and economically competitive energy option globally.

Ingeo bioplastic in Chile

Morgan Impresores S.A. will begin distributing Ingeo™ biopolymer in Chile. Morgan said a number of the bioplastic packaging products will not only be for local consumption, but also for export to the United States, Mexico, the European Union, and China — major trading partners with Chile.

More encapsulant capacity in China

Solutia will expand its production of Vistasolar® ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) encapsulant at its Suzhou, China facility. This investment will include the construction of a new building capable of housing several new EVA production lines and will provide the infrastructure for additional future capacity. First production line is scheduled to be completed by June 2011.

Ineos selects new bioethanol site

INEOS New Planet BioEnergy (INPB), the joint venture between INEOS Bio and NPE Florida, will build its BioEnergy Center in the defunct Ocean Spray industrial facility, located next to the Indian River County Landfill. The BioEnergy Center will generate 8m gal/year third-generation bioethanol from renewable biomass including yard, wood and vegetative wastes.

Corn oil extraction in ethanol

Green Plains Renewable Energy will implement corn oil extraction technology at its ethanol plants. The Company expects to complete the technology deployment by the end of the first quarter of 2011 and anticipates the project would enhance operating income by $15 million to $19 million per year.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

A slew of recent scientific breakthroughs unleash multiple environmentally friendly uses for titanium dioxide.

European prices of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) bottles have extended their record highs amid ongoing tight supply and strong downstream demand.

US Senate Democrat leaders conceded that they do not have votes to pass even limited climate change legislation in the near future – probably not this year – and will focus instead on a bill to improve regulations on oil spills.


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