June 29, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

A very busy week last week with lots of bioplastic and recycling news from the plastic show NPE2009; green chemistry news from the American Chemical Society's annual Green Chemistry and Engineering conference; and the House debates (and finally approval) on the American Clean and Energy Security (ACES) bill.

This week, ICIS Chemical Business is also featuring white biotechnology as preview to the annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing (WIBCC) conference by BIO which will be held on July 19-22 in Montreal, Canada. I will be attending the show and hopefully get lots of tweets and blogs posts to share.

For now, here are this week's news roundup:

Carbon capture deal

IFP and ENEL signed a deal to test the first-generation post-combustion capture process, developed by IFP, on a pilot unit to be built by ENEL at the coal-fired power station in Brindisi (Italy). IFP has developed a first-generation flue gas scrubbing technology using chemical solvents.

Battery safety R&D award
Advanced lithium-ion automotive battery developer EnerDel has been awarded up to $3.3 million for a cost-share research project under the U.S. Department of Energy. The EnerDel will focus on the development of innovative technologies to eliminate overcharging in lithium-ion cells.

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