Weekly News Roundup

Guess where I’m heading for vacation this week? ;-) The green blogger will be offline until August 22 so I will leave you this weekly news round-up and maybe (just maybe) a roundup of biofuel news as well…


Coming soon is a preview of my story about Mitsubishi Chemical’s renewables strategies, the full story of which will be on ICIS Chemical Business’ August 29 issue. I will also start working on another related article about Japanese chemical companies and their renewable chemical strategies, which will include Mitsubishi Chemicals, Mitsui, Teijin…anybody else I missed?

Dow expands solar encapsulants

Dow Chemical is adding capacity for its ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin Encapsulant Films, one in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, and one in Schkopau, Germany. Construction will start in 2012. The sites will more than triple the Company’s capacity for making specialty films used in photovoltaic modules,

Growing OriginOil algae orders

OriginOil received an increased order for a large-scale algae extraction system from MBD Energy, Ltd. (“MBD”), a solutions provider in the field of industrial CO2 waste management. Total value of this purchase order is $850,000. OriginOil also developed a real-time control network to supervise continuous algae harvesting operations at very large algae production sites. The network will be installed at Australian algae producer MBD Energy’s power plant test site.

JBI in waste plastic to oil deal

JBI entered an exclusive ten-year license deal with Rock-Tenn Company (RockTenn) to convert mill by-product waste into fuel using JBI’s Plastic2Oil technology. JBI has a renewal option to build and operate Plastic2Oil processors at RockTenn facilities to process RockTenn’s waste plastic at paper mills and Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) and to mine and process plastic from RockTenn’s plastic-filled monofill sites. RockTenn’s paper mills and MRFs currently produce thousands of tons of plastic per day.

Arkema invests in Malaysia

CJ Cheil-Jedang and Arkema have selected the site of Kerteh, in the state of Terengganu in Malaysia to build their biomethionine and thiochemicals plant, which will start operating at the end of 2013. When completed, the new plant will meet the strong demand for methionine, a sulphur amino acid widely used in animal feed in Asia.

Bayer to license green chlorine process

Bayer MaterialScience and engineering firm Uhde intend to offer on the global market starting 2013 their new chlorine manufacturing process, which significantly reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The companies said major German chlorine producers have already announced their interest, as have a number of companies in the Asia/Pacific region.

From ICIS News (requires subscription):

German engineering firm ThyssenKrupp will start producing industrial-quality lactic acid using its new proprietary biotechnology processes in early 2012.

US polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturers are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that proposed plant air emissions regulations reflect the wide diversity of PVC resins.

Citing inclement weather, Brazilian sugarcane group Unica cut its forecast for the country’s 2011-2012 centre-south sugarcane crop.

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