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Battered by battery news

A lot of chemical investments going on for next generation alternative energy storage (specifically lithium ion), which could accelerate the use of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles in the near future. Just this week, BASF announced its plans to build North America’s largest cathode material production plant in Ohio as soon as it gets a […]

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Chemicals gain in solar energy

It seems that whenever I get tons of wind energy news, the solar market is not far behind. According to this recent report from Linx-AEI Consulting, the global market for advanced chemicals and materials used in photovoltaic solar cells and modules might decline this year to $2.3 billion (probably because of the current economy) but […]

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Windy news

Another catching up I need to do is about several wind energy announcements from the past few weeks. Late last month, the Department of Energy announced that it will provide $93 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support further development of wind energy in the United States. In additional, DOE’s National Renewable […]

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Green plastic surges in Brazil

Several bioplastic news came out last week as reporters from ICIS (the company I work for) covered the recent BrasilPlast tradeshow. Officials from BASF and Corn Products International announced theirplans to build a new plant in Sao Paulo for the production ofstarch-based plastics. BASF is said to have already started producingthe “green” resin in small […]

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Should solar manufacturers invest in the US?

If the US is expected to become one of the largest solar market, then shouldn’t we be investing in solar manufacturing instead of having the solar materials imported? That is one of the ongoing debate being discussed at consulting and tax firm Deloitte. Many solar players are said to be opting to invest their solar […]

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Arizona gets into the sun market

It’s about time that Arizona invests in solar technology given that they have plenty of raw materials to start with. Nonprofit group Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is spending $4 million for five new solar investments and the establishment of their Solar Technology Institute (STI), which aims to catalyze solar technology breakthroughs and commercialization of products […]

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Solar energy still bright

Investments might be down a bit this year but it seems the outlook for the solar energy industry is still pretty darn bright, according to this study from SRI Consulting. SRI said the global solar energy market is projected to more than double to reach $70 billion by 2013. Solar cell efficiencies of organic photovoltaic […]

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Shell on wind, solar and hydrogen

Shell’s first love (when it comes to renewable energy investments that is) is definitely in biofuels these days but that doesn’t mean the company is abandoning wind energy and solar as was hinted in news reports in the past several weeks. During Shell’s Eco-Marathon Americas event in Fontana, California, I was able to interview Shell […]

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Big oil stingy with green investments?

According to advocacy group the Center For American Progress, oil companies BP, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell are said to be big misers when it comes to renewable energy investments even though they spend millions of advertising dollars in green energy promotion. The group’s new report says that the five companies made a combined […]

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DuPont bets on solar

While Shell abandons the solar and wind market in favor of biofuels, DuPont meanwhile expects the solar market to increase more than half of its size in 2013 to $70 billion as compared to today’s $30 billion (worldwide). I can understand DuPont’s enthusiasm for the solar market since sales of their photovoltaic materials and technology […]

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