Weekly News Roundup

Posts will be sparse this week as the green blogger travels to Orlando (No snow! woohoo!) to attend the annual American Cleaning Institute meeting.

Here are this week’s news roundup:

Novamont forms North American company

Italy-based bioplastic producer Novamont forms a new company Novamont North America, Inc. headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut. The company’s goal includes a prospective a biorefinery integrated in the North American territory.

Cargill discloses ingredients

Cargill is disclosing product ingredients — as well as the percentages of all melting ingredients — on its Diamond Crystal® ice melter packaging. The disclosure is part of a broader effort Cargill is undertaking to inform buyers and users about ingredient performance, based on established Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) test data.

GE forms clean coal JV in China

GE and Shenhua will form an industrial coal gasification joint venture to advance the deployment of “cleaner coal” technology solutions in China. The new company combines GE’s expertise in industrial gasification technologies with Shenhua’s expertise in coal gasification and coal-fired power generation.

Materia bags $17m financing

Materia completed a $17 million financing from the Midwest investment group Bader/Bernstein and Dr. Alfred Bader. Materia said it looks forward on commercial rollout of several applications utilizing their metathesis olefins technology over the next several quarters.

BioWish reduces biosolids in wastewater

BiOWiSH™ technology has reduced biosolids production at the Mission Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) by 75%. BiOWiSH is a biocatalyst made up of a proprietary blend of enzymes, cofactors and nutrients that speeds up bio-chemical reactions at a rate faster than unaided processes or current technologies.

Sandia’s tailored fungi-based biofuels

Sandia National Laboratories are working on modifying an endophytic fungus so that it will produce fuel-type hydrocarbons for transportation purposes. The endophytic fungi can turn crystalline cellulosic material directly into fuel-type hydrocarbons without any mechanical breakdown.

And on ICIS News (requires subscription):

New Jersey fund looking to curb perchloroethylene use in dry cleaning.

Cereplast has signed a distribution deal with Euroink Romania to supply it with Cereplast’s bioplastic resins.

Clariant’s Industrial and Consumer Specialties (ICS) business is targeting global price hikes for its entire product portfolio by up to 15% reflecting price rise on oleochemicals and petrochemical feedstock.



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