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August 9, 2010
Isobutanol can be used as a platform chemical for 40% of petrochemicals and 100% of hydrocarbon fuels, Gevo says. The company believes isobutanol will provide a route to the renewable production of rubber, polypropylene, polystyrene, and polyethylene terephthalate....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Gevo-Buys-Ethanol-Plant-Plans-Retrofit-to-Produce-Isobutanol_28693.html
August 5, 2010
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE; Washington) announced $1 billion in stimulus funding for an altered version of the FutureGen clean coal project, which includes Air Liquide's...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/DOE-Funds-New-FutureGen-Project_28625.html
August 3, 2010
Hanwha Chemical (Seoul) is acquiring a large stake in Solarfun Power Holdings (Qidong, China) through three separate transactions. Solarfun, listed on Nasdaq, is a vertically...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Hanwha-Chemical-Acquires-Chinese-Photovoltaics-Firm-Solarfun-Updated_28511.html
August 2, 2010
Two engineers at Stanford University have developed a cheaper, cleaner waste water treatment process which generates greenhouse gases (GHG) nitrous oxide and methane. These gases may...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Gases-from-Waste-water-to-Power-Rockets_28478.html
July 30, 2010
BASF, energy firm Inpex (Tokyo), and engineering firm JGC (Yokohama, Japan) say they have jointly entered into an agreement to carry out demonstration tests on the effectiveness of a...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/BASF-Inpex-JGC-to-Jointly-Test-CCS-Technology-in-Japan_28442.html
July 29, 2010
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has awarded a combined total of $106 million to six separate projects to convert captured CO2 emissions into useful materials including cement...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Unleashing-the-American-Innovation-Machine-DoE-Awards-$106-Million-to-Develop-Materials-from-CO2_28426.html
July 29, 2010
Researchers at Leeds University (Leeds: U.K.) have discovered a carbon neutral method to generate hydrogen gas from waste vegetable oil created by restaurants and pubs.   Hydrogen...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/U-K-Scientists-Generate-Hydrogen-from-Waste-Vegetable-Oil_28410.html
July 21, 2010
Arvind Varma, professor of chemical engineering at Purdue University (Indiana) has filed a patent for a process to generate hydrogen at low cost and to a high level of purity. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Scientists-Develop-Catalyst-free-Route-to-High-purity-Hydrogen_28192.html
July 21, 2010
Süd-Chemie says it will build Germany´s largest plant for the production of biofuels from straw and that it will build it with subsidies from the Bavarian State Government...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Sud-Chemie-Secures-Subsidy-for-Germanys-Largest-Cellulosic-Ethanol-Plant_28185.html
July 19, 2010
Biomaterials processing firm Bioamber (Pomacle, France), a joint venture between DNP Green Technology (Princeton, NJ), Agro-Industrie Recherches et Développements (ARD...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Bioamber-and-DuPont-Agree-Biosuccinic-Acid-Derivatives-Deal_28117.html
July 16, 2010
Research groups have developed a system for the European Commission that quantifies the environmental impact of biofuels. The system represents part of the commission’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/EU-Creates-Environmental-Rating-System-for-Biofuels_28097.html
July 13, 2010
The U.K. government has announced plans to introduce a “radical research program” to understand how the U.K. uses imported palm oil so that it can take action and halt...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/U-K-to-Map-its-Palm-Oil-Use-in-Bid-to-Avoid-Deforestation_28014.html
July 12, 2010
Rockwood Holdings says its subsidiary Chemetall Foote has begun expansion of its lithium production operation at Silver Peak, NV. The project is part of a previously announced $56.8...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Rockwood-Begins-Expansion-of-Chemetall-Foote-Lithium-Operations_27998.html
July 9, 2010
This Week on CW: BP's woes, including possible break-up of the company, continue to mount in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. U.K. and U.S. are scheduled to discuss the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-July-9_27989.html
July 8, 2010
ZeaChem (Lakewood, CO), a biomaterials start up, says it has successfully produced cellulosic ethanol at a capacity that can readily be scaled up to commercial production. Zeachem says...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/ZeaChem-Demonstrates-Biorefining-Process-at-Scale_27885.html
July 8, 2010
Biotech start-up Deinove (Paris) and VVT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Espoo, Finland), one of the largest applied research organisations in northern Europe, say they have...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Deinove-and-VVT-Partner-on-Cellulosic-Ethanol-Process-Development-update_27861.html
July 7, 2010
The 180,000 m.t./year plant will produce biobased olefins, including a "unique distribution" of alpha and internal olefins for chemicals and advanced fuels;  multifunctional esters and acids, including 9-decenoic acid; and a mixture of oleochemicals and advanced biofuels....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Elevance-to-Build-Indonesia-Biorefinery_27709.html
July 6, 2010
Evonik says it has agreed to license two technologies relating to metathesis technology, along with metathesis catalysts, to biomaterials manufacturer Elevance Renewable Sciences...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Evonik-Licences-Metathesis-Catalysts-to-Elevance_27845.html
July 2, 2010
Topsoe Fuel Cell, a subsidiary of catalysts firm Haldor Topsoe (Lyngby, Denmark), along with its partner Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy (Roskilde, Denmark)...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/alternative_fuels/Topsoe-Awarded-$9-Million-to-Commercialize-Solid-Oxide-Fuel-Cells_27806.html
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