Archive | November, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is stuffed up to her eyeballs with antibiotics and wishing her newfound knowledge on microorganisms will help her in her own private bacteria (or is it virus?) battle. For the meantime, here are this week’s news roundup: BASF in CO2-based sodium acrylateCatalysis Research Laboratory (CaRLa) and hte AG, a company in which […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Here are this week’s news roundup: Iberdrola builds biomass power plant Iberdrola Renovables has begun construction of its first forestry biomass power plant in Oregon, US, which will have an installed capacity of 26.8 megawatts (MW). The power plant is due to be commissioned by the end of 2012. World’s biggest biodiesel plant Neste Oil […]

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LanzaTech joins DOE in butanediol R&D

I was too sick last week to post anything but I’m recovering enough now to hopefully be able to post last week’s news, maybe one interview, and then I’m off for some Black Friday shopping to support the economy and the chemical industry (I will do my best…) LanzaTech sent me this news on November […]

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Renewables growth in Latin America

Latin America especially Brazil seems to be an increasingly high growth renewable chems sector not only because of the plentiful (and more logistically organized) sugarcane feedstock source but its burgeoning economy is also an added attraction. I wrote an article (subscription only) on ICIS Chemical Business about the bioplastic opportunity in Latin America now that […]

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More sustainability goals from CPGs

My article about sustainable consumer packaging on ICIS Chemical Business is now free to access and this led me in noticing several consumer packaged goods (CPG) as well as food and beverage companies really becoming more intent in their sustainability goals of using renewable-based materials as well as reducing waste/material usage. Interestingly enough, I also […]

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DNP Green becomes BioAmber

DNP Green Technology said it has acquired 100% of the shares in Bioamber from Agro-industrie Recherches et Developpements (ARD). ARD, meanwhile has become a shareholder of DNP Green. Bioamber was established as a 50/50 joint venture between DNP Green and ARD in 2008 to scale up and commercialize a biobased succinic acid technology platform. In […]

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Weekly News Roundup

While I’m in the middle of the battle of the bugs (flu bug that is), here are this week’s (late) news roundup: UL certificate for Dow solar shingles The DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle received Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) safety certification. Over 50 individual tests were conducted to assess the safety of the DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles […]

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Green blog’s 3rd birthday

Based on ICIS’ calculations, the green chemicals blog’s unique visitors are past 150,000 as the blog celebrates its 3rd year anniversary this month. For our usual yearly statistics report, the blog continues its upward page views numbers from 12,628 in October 2009 to 20,203 last month – the blog’s highest monthly record ever. Unique visits […]

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Biobutanol progress

The last time I wrote something about bio-butanol was in September for an article on ICIS Chemical Business*. Gevo just announced its initial public offering (IPO), DuPont’s Butamax joint venture opened its demonstration plant in Hull, UK, and Cobalt Technologies and signed up engineering firm Fluor to design its 1.5m gal/year plant which is expected […]

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How much chems in tissue cardboard tubes?

The first time I saw Kimberly Clark’s Scott Naturals Tube-Free bath tissue advertising, the first thought that popped into my head is how much chemicals demand will be reduced if all toilet tissue in the US will not use these cardboard tubes? I’m pretty sure these cardboard tubes use adhesives and since the tubes itself […]

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