August 10, 2009

Weekly news roundup

A hoi-polloi of green news last week, although nothing standing out except a couple of more algae developments. Coming out from ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) on August 17 is our Chemical Sites feature and I contributed an article about new technology and developments that help chemical manufacturers reduce energy use. Watch out for that!

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

Hexion biocomposite JV
Hexion Specialty Chemicals has partnered with Tekle Technical Services (TTS), a biocomposites company, to develop “green” building products for the construction industry. Hexion will develop resins, adhesives, catalysts and additives for use in TTS products.

Flower powers hydroplane
A biofuel blend made from the energy crop camelina (85%), jatropha (14%) and algae oil (1%) was used to power Boeing U-787 unlimited hydroplane, which is said to be the world's first hydroplane test to use 100% biofuel.

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