April 6, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

This week, ICIS Chemical Business featured India and for my part wrote an article about India's well-known plant - castor - which has been and still is one of the most promising raw material for chemical use. You can read about my interview with Dow Chemical India, BASF, Arkema as well as US castor oil derivatives distributors Alnor Oil and Acme Hardesty.

Also watch out for my incoming article on April 27 about new industrial and chemical use of fats and oils (e.g. grease, tallow, vegetable oils - particularly soy). For now, here are this week's news roundup:

Dow Corning's new solar center
Dow Corning selected JinCheon, Korea as the site for further expansion of its solar business with the development of a second Solar Solutions Application Center. The facility will enable engineers and scientists to work with customers to develop, evaluate, and pilot materials solutions used to manufacture solar panels. The Center is scheduled to open in late 2009 and pilot production equipment could come online by early 2010.

Dow carbon capture collaboration
Dow Chemical and power generation company Alstom are collaborating in the design and construction of a pilot plant to capture carbon dioxide from the flue gas of a coal-fired boiler at the Dow-owned facility in South Charleston, West Virginia, USA. The pilot plant is expected to be operational by 3Q 09.

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