August 17, 2009

Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is preparing for a nice one week vacation next week so hopefully there will be lots of posts in the coming days ahead to keep the readers happy. This week, ICIS Chemical Business published its chemical sites feature and my contribution is an article about how new technologies and processing are helping chemical companies reduce their energy consumption.

By the way, I am starting to work on an article about renewable energy in China, any companies (or consultant) interested in participating, pls. email me this week at

For now here are the blog's news roundup:

Microbial oil for biofuel
Oil giant BP has formed a joint development agreement with Martek Biosciences to work on the production of microbial oils for biofuels applications. The partnership combines a broad technology platform and operational capabilities to advance the development of a step-change technology for the conversion of sugars into biodiesel.

Swedish biorefinery project
Chemrec's pulp mill-integrated BioDME (dimethyl ether) biorefinery demonstration plant project will break ground in September in PiteƄ, Sweden, with expected biofuel production by mid-2010. The BioDME is produced from residual forestry biomass over the black liquor gasification route.

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