Weekly News Roundup

Green chemistry collaboration

Rhodia has signed a long term green chemistry collaboration with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyon (ENSL) and the East China Normal University (ECNU) of Shanghai. The deal aims to develop common research on materials and processes based on eco-design principles and renewable raw materials.



Mascoma acquires SunOpta

Biofuels company Mascoma has bought SunOpta BioProcess Inc. The combined companies will have comprehensive capabilities for converting non-food cellulose (wood chips, energy crops and organic solid waste) into ethanol and high value co-products.



Zero waste sugar ethanol

AdvanceBio LLC has developed its next generation, sugar-based fuel ethanol process, which is capable of utilizing sugars derived from sugar cane, sweet sorghum, sugar beet and other similar crops for fuel ethanol and green power production while generating zero liquid waste.



Municipal waste to biofuel plant

Enerkem started construction of its municipal waste-to-biofuels facility with its partners, the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta. The 10m gal/year facility will reportedly be the world’s first industrial-scale biofuels project to use municipal solid waste as feedstock.



California renewable energy center

Rentech is building its Renewable Energy Center in Rialto, Calif., which will convert biomass, such as yard and tree trimmings, into producig 640 barrels/day renewable, ultra-clean diesel fuel and 35 megawatts of base-load renewable electricity. The new facility will use UOP hydroprocessing technology, which converts hydrocarbons into clean-fuel products.



Lithium battery separator expansion

Celgard started construction of its lithium battery separator manufacturing plant in Concord, N.C. that will strengthen the company’s ability to support the emerging electric drive vehicle (EDV) industry. The new 150,000 square-foot plant is the second phase in Celgard’s strategy to expand production capacity.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

The California senate voted down a bill that would have banned plastic single-use carryout bags.

Canada’s regulation requiring a 5% average renewable fuel content in gasoline will take effect on 15 December.

Rockwood Holdings will increase lithium hydroxide production at its facility in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, due to an increase in demand and forecasted growth for electric vehicles.



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