May 4, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

I'm off this week to the Mickey Mouse World attending the American Oil Chemists Society's (AOCS) centennial meeting. Posts will be a little erratic as I cover the event but watch out for my tweets about the state of biodiesel, developments in the use of fats and oils in industrial and chemical applications, and regulatory presentations on surfactants, cosmetics and cleaning products.

For now, here are last week's news roundup focusing mostly on alternative energy (too busy meeting deadlines last week to search for more..)

World's largest solar tower plant
Abengoa Solar has begun commercial operation of the new PS20 solar power tower plant located at the Solucar Platform, near Seville (Spain). The new 20-megawatt solar power plant will produce enough energy to supply 10,000 homes. In another news, Abengoa is said to be developing new materials for higher-efficient and lower-cost CO2 capture processes.

Clean coal plant starts
White Energy Company (WEC) completed construction of the first one million tonne/year clean coal upgrading modular plant at Bayan's Tabang mine in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The plant utilises WEC's Binderless Coal Briquetting clean coal upgrading technology.

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