July 6, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

Hopefully the green blogger will be more productive this week in posting new info. Regulatory sessions are on break (thank goodness!) so we won't probably see as much news about the climate change bill aside from ongoing debates about it. I've been hearing a lot about China being way ahead in terms of renewable energy investments compared to US and Europe although India seems to not care much about emissions regulations and will instead focus more boosting economic growth and fighting poverty.

We will probably see more discussions about the role of these countries (and other emerging manufacturing powerhouse) in the global fight against climate change. This topic is especially sensitive to energy intensive industries such as petroleum and chemical industries.

For now here are this week's news roundup:

Renewable chemicals in Brazil
Amyris Brasil Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento, Ltda., a wholly owned subsidiary of Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc. opened its demonstration facility in Campinas designed to convert Brazilian sugar cane into a range of high value renewable fuels and chemicals using a proprietary synthetic biology technology.

Dow's algae-based biorefinery
Dow Chemical plans to work with Algenol Biofuels, Inc. to build and operate a pilot-scale algae-based integrated biorefinery that will convert carbon dioxide into ethanol. The facility is planned to be located at Dow's Freeport, Texas site.

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