Weekly News Roundup

Evergreen Solar closes plant

Evergreen Solar intends to shut down operations at its Devens manufacturing facility by the end of first quarter citing price pressure for 2011 because of significant capacity expansions in China combined with potential adverse changes in government subsidies in several markets in Europe.

GM licenses Argonne’s lithium battery tech

General Motors and U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have reached a worldwide licensing agreement to use Argonne’s patented composite cathode material to make advanced lithium-ion batteries that last longer between charges and can charge at higher voltages. Argonne’s composite cathode material has a unique combination of lithium- and manganese-rich mixed-metal oxides in a stable materials-design approach.

Rhodia develops rare earth recycling process

Rhodia has developed a new process for the recovery and separation of rare earths contained in used low-energy light bulbs. The luminescent powders, containing high concentrations of rare earths can now be recycled at two of the Group’s plants in France (Saint-Fons and La Rochelle).

JBI to start Plastic2Oil operation

JBI, Inc. entered into a formal Consent Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 9, which will allow the Company to immediately run its Plastic2Oil process commercially and begin construction of an additional processor at its Niagara Falls, New York P2O facility.

RelaDyne distributes bio-lubes

RelaDyne will distribute BioBlend’s vegetable oil-based lubricants to industrial and commercial equipment operators throughout the entire Midwest and Gulf Coast regions. The lubricants are said to be unaffected by extremes in temperatures, are non-toxic and biodegradable.

DSM secures Codexis’ enzyme supply

DSM Pharmaceutical Products signed an enzyme supply agreement where it can use Codexis’ custom biocatalysts and services, and secures supply of Codexis enzymes for commercialization of sustainable enzyme-based pharmaceutical manufacturing routes developed by DSM’s InnoSyn™ route scouting services.

And on ICIS News (requires subscription):

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) received 3,114,835 notifications of 24,529 substances under the EU’s Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulation by the 3 January deadline.

European ethanol prices for January and the first quarter rose because of higher feedstock costs and tighter supply, market players said.

The latest lawsuit from the state of Texas opposing greenhouse gas emission regulations could prevent as many as 167 construction projects from proceeding, environmental groups said.

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