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 against building code standards, including wind and fire resistance, and electrical code requirements, such as proper wiring and photovoltaic (PV) connections.

Jatropha biofuel alliance

SG Biofuels and Bunge North America formed a partnership to research and develop a model to process jatropha seeds into a biofuel feedstock. SG Biofuels has introduced JMax 100, an elite jatropha cultivar optimized for growing conditions in Guatemala with projected yields 100% greater than existing commercial varieties.

DuPont in sulfuric acid clean tech

DuPont will acquire MECS, Inc., from affiliates of American Securities LLC. DuPont said a large share of the world’s sulfuric acid producers use MECS technology to capture sulfur that would otherwise become a pollutant and transform it into sulfuric acid.

Amyris and Firmenich partnership

Amyris entered a collaboration and joint development agreement with fragrance and flavor company Firmenich, where the company will fund technical development at Amyris to produce a sustainable, cost-effective and reliable source of a key ingredient for the fragrance and flavor market. Firmenich has an option to collaborate with Amyris to develop a second ingredient.

Hydrogen from algae

Algae technology developer OriginOil has succeeded in producing hydrogen at a level comparable to solar photovoltaics. The research breakthrough points to a highly scalable and renewable source of hydrogen that can be deployed as an additional system output in algae production settings.

From ICIS News (requires subscription):

Rockwood Holdings will not spin off its lithium business in the short term but could consider a move in around five years, CEO Seifi Ghasemi said.

Canada is poised to see a surge in mergers and acquisitions activity in its renewables energy industry, driven by the country’s “aggressive regulation” and support for the sector, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Worldwide production of paraffin wax is declining, and the industry needs to find alternatives to prevent shortages in the next decade, US wax supplier Schumann/Steier said.

Germany’s chemical industry is welcoming a plan by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to spend €2.4bn ($3.3bn) over 6 years to 2016, on a “national research strategy for the bio-economy 2030,” industry group VCI said.



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