Weekly News Roundup

Sorry for another post delay. The past two weeks was a record in terms of doctor/medical appointments. Not to worry green blog fans, the physical body may be aging but the blogging spirit is still strong!

Last week, I was also able to talk to Neste Oil and Dynamic Fuels about their new renewable diesel facilities in Singapore and the US, respectively, and these information will come out on ICIS Chemical Business’ December 13 issue. I also had the chance to interview Anellotech CEO David Sudolsky about their Biomass to Aromatics technology and LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren about their Waste Gas to Chems/Biofuels technology. I’ll posts some of these information as soon as I can

For now, here are this week’s news roundup:

Ford uses Merquinsa’s bio-TPU

Ford Motor is collaborating with Merquinsa in the use of its Pearlthane® ECO thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU). The bio-based TPU will be incorporated in the Lincoln tambour door tambour console, which Merquinsa said will reduce the carbon footprint of the part by as much as 40%.

Dow JV in Kuwait green projects

EQUATE Petrochemical, a joint venture between Dow Chemical and several Kuwait-based petrochemical companies, launched Kuwait’s first carbon capture project and the Middle East’s first water recycling plant within petrochemical facilities. EQUATE plans to recycle 245m gal/year of water reducing distilled water intake by 20% to 32% annually. The projects are expected to start operating in 2012.

Rhodia launches solar project

Rhodia plans to install 12,000 square meters of photovoltaic panels on the Rhodia Belle-Etoile site in Saint-Fons and Feyzin (in the Rhône département) to produce 2 million kilowatt-hours per year of electricity. The facility will be one of France’s largest solar power projects installed on the roof of an industrial building and is expected to be up and running by the end of 2011.

Algae center in New Mexico

A new advanced Algae Center devoted to algae commercialization is being built in Roswell, New Mexico by Sustainable Resources Inc. with the help of OriginOil. Once deployed in mid-2011, the center will give algae researchers, engineers and producers a secure and unbiased environment to test their technologies and processes on a wide variety of algae species before commercialization.

CO2 capture collaboration expands

CO2 solutions, Codexis and an undisclosed company who is said to be a major player in global energy  and infrastructure projects (maybe GE???) will start collaborating in the development and pilot scale testing of CO2 Solutions’ carbon capture technology in coal-fired power plants. CO2 Solution and Codexis will provide the Company with exclusive access to their respective technologies for use with specific systems in power generation and industrial applications. Correspondingly, the Company will work exclusively with CO2 Solution and Codexis related to carbonic anhydrase (CA) enzymes in these applications.

Biggest biomass plant in UK

RWE npower renewables, the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy, is building a biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Markinch, Fife (Scotland), which is said to be the biggest of its kind in the UK. The CHP plant will have an installed output of 50 megawatts and will be able to deliver up to 120 metric tonnes of industrial steam per hour.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

Environmental activist group Greenpeace has sued US producer Dow Chemical and South African company Sasol, accusing them of spying and stealing confidential information over a decade ago.

Close to 17,000 Reach registrations had been made successfully by 29 November, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) data showed.

EU member states will have to ban the manufacture of polycarbonate (PC) infant feeding bottles with bisphenol A (BPA) from 1 March 2011, the European Commission said.

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