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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.

Beyond ChemicalWeek...

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:













 
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