Archive | December, 2010

Dwinding mercury cell chlor-alkali

I might have mentioned before that my day job is actually writing a weekly column for ICIS Chemical Business magazine, and one of my market coverages involves chlor-alkali (the production of chlorine and caustic soda). US chlor-alkali producer Olin announced in early December that it is exiting the use of mercury cell technology by the […]

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World’s largest bio-succinic acid plant

Myriant announced yesterday about getting the green signal of building what they claimed as the world’s largest biobased succinic acid plant at the Port of Lake Providence, Louisiana. As announced before, the 392,000 sq. ft. plant will have a capacity of up to 30m lbs/year (13,612 tonnes/year) of succinic acid using feedstock sorghum and carbon […]

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Celanese interview: Sustainability of coal

In a previous post about Celanese’s new coal-to-ethanol project in China, the blog questioned the “greenness” of ethanol production using coal as feedstock. I was able to talk to Steven Sterin, senior VP and CFO of Celanese a day earlier from their conference call on December 16. First of all, Sterin did agree that there […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I was able to plow myself out from New York City’s 2-feet of snow and got to the office without any mishap. It’s amazing to see abandoned cars on the middle of the street! No wonder city snow plows are having a hard time getting their work done. Hopefully, tomorrow will see a much cleaner […]

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Dow’s new green plasticizer – Video

While the green blogger is still in the midst of an after-Christmas haze, here is an interesting new video from Dow Chemical about their new Ecolibrium bio-based plasticizers, which are said to be phthalate-free, for wire insulation and jacketing. The plasticizers are said to be made from nearly 100% renewable feedstocks. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able […]

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‘Tis the season of investing

I guess investors are pretty much in a giving mood this Christmas week as three companies – Elevance, LS9 and Cereplast – announced influx of funding yesterday and today. France oil firm Total is steadily expanding its renewable chemicals investment, first with Amyris and now its venture firm Total Energy Ventures has acquired stakes in […]

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DSM enters algae-based chems

I received news today about DSM’s acquisition of Martek Biosciences for $1.09bn and the words algae and industrial biotechnology mentioned in the press release definitely rang several bells in one section of my brain (where all things green and chemistry info are located). There is also one time a few months ago that I received […]

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Amyris enters bio-base oil market

I tried to contact Amyris for one of my upcoming green chemistry article but unfortunately they seem to have a policy of not talking to media because of being a public company (???) Oh well, at least the green blog has plenty of materials to get from other sources… Now this recent news from Amyris […]

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Weekly News Roundup

A lot of activities last week which I was unable to post as I was out playing NYC tour guide for 4 days. Amyris and Cosan announced their green base oil JV; Solvay announced plans to build a glycerin-to-ECH plant in China; Dow plans to build a HPPO-based propylene glycol plant in Thailand; and Olin […]

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More chemicals investments in solar

The green blog’s good friend Neil Burns recently posted on his own blog about the impacts of clean technologies in the energy and chemicals sectors, which reminded me of my fast-growing list of recent chemical company activities on clean tech especially from Dow Chemical and DuPont who seemed to be always talking about this billion […]

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