Weekly News Roundup

Here’s our very,very late news roundup for the week…my apologies. Jury duty is over and my next civic duty that I should really tackle now is filing my tax report!

Solazyme and Dow in algae industrial fluids

Solazyme is collaborating with Dow Chemical to advance the development of Solazyme’s algal oils for use in bio-based dielectric insulating fluids key to transformers and other electrical applications. Dow may obtain up to 20 million gallons of Solazyme’s oils for use in dielectric insulating fluids and other industrial applications in 2013 and up to 60 million gallons in 2015.

Sustainable packaging trade group formed

Several companies including Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Kellog, MeadWestvaco, Procter & Gamble, Tetra Pak and Sealed Air Corporation formed a new packaging trade organization called AMERIPEN that will engage on public policies impacting the packaging value chain. The trade group aims to encourage science-based decision-making on sustainable packaging initiatives.

BASF’s CO2 scrubber ready for 2013

The CO2 scrubbing research project being conducted by RWE Power, BASF and Linde will now go through a long-term test from March until the end of 2013. The CO2 scrubbing pilot plant connected to the Niederaussem lignite-fired power plant in Germany was able to reduce energy input by 20%. The new scrubbing agent also reduces the solvent consumption substantially. If the test is successful, CO2 absorbers for large-scale power plants, for example, could be made smaller and hence less costly.

Recycled polypropylene partnership

Nextlife™ will begin supplying its FDA approved 100% post‐consumer recycled (PCR) polypropylene (PP) resin to Preserve for use in select products in the company’s line of stylish, eco‐friendly personal care, tableware, kitchen and food storage products. Nextlife’s PCR PP resins from plastic waste supplied by U.S. retailers can be mixed with virgin food grade resins or used as is to create thermoformed or injection molded products.

Envergent in palm biomass-to-electricity project

Envergent Technologies, a Honeywell company, has been selected by Premium Renewable Energy (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. to perform the engineering design for a project that will use Envergent’s RTP® Rapid Thermal Processing technology to convert palm biomass to renewable heat and electricity. The initial Premium RTP facility will start in late 2011 and completed in early 2013. Premium expects that the first facility will be followed by additional RTP units to be built by 2020.

And on ICIS News (requires subscription):

Coca-Cola Enterprises has entered into a joint-venture with bottle recycling firm Eco Plastics to develop a new purpose-built recycling facility in Lincolnshire, UK. The plant would Coca-Cola achieve its sustainability target of 25% R-PET content in all its plastic packaging in the UK by 2012.

Singapore is developing a “comprehensive strategy” to expand its biorenewables industry as part of a larger scheme to enhance the competitiveness of its chemicals hub on Jurong Island.

UK firm Cynar is going ahead with plans for a 6,000 tonne/year project in Ireland to convert non-recyclable waste plastics into liquid fuels, primarily diesel.

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