CW's Weekly Innovation News Round up, Nov 25
3:05 AM MST | November 25, 2011 | By ALEX SCOTT
The big news this week is BASF's plan to spend €100 million ($133 million) in the next five years on R&D in battery technology for vehicles. The company from January 1, 2012 will open a global business unit for battery technology.
DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred business and Evogene (Rehovot, Israel) have signed a multi-year collaboration with to improve resistance to soybean rust.
Leading chemical companies continue to open new R&D centers and development centers at a rapid rate: This week Novozymes has opened a new R&D center for biofuel enzymes in Brazil.
Oliver Cann from Aspect Consulting makes an interesting observation this week that the bio-based economy needs more than new technology if it is going to be taken up fully by society and that the technology needs a rebrand.
DSM says its Arnitel Eco family of partly bio-based thermoplastic copolyester (TPC) has been awarded Cradle to Cradle certification by the international sustainable design firm McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC; Charlottesville, VA).
If you are interested in an overview of the state of R&D spending then Chemical Week on December 19 will publish a print cover story (as well as an online edition) listing the top 50 R&D spenders in the chemical industry and how their spending has changed during the past few years.
Greentechmedia lists the twelve reasons why high efficiency matters in photovoltaics.
GE describes in a well produced video how lighter composites are changing the face of the aviation industry - making it greener and more efficient: