April 6, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

I'm still feeling crappy but the blog needs attention so here are this week's news roundup. I'm hoping to be able to post my Wacker Chemie trip, overview of the Jefferson Clean Tech conference held last month, and interesting bioplastic presentations from the Chemicals Marketing & Economics group (CM&E) conference that I attended last week.

Verenium and BP extends deal
Verenium and BP have extended their joint cellulosic ethanol development program established in August 2008 for an additional four months. Verenium will receive $2.5 million per month from BP to co-fund the cellulosic ethanol program through the end of the extension period.

GM in jatropha biodiesel R&D
General Motors made a five-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help develop the potential of the jatropha plant for biodiesel use. Two jatropha farms will be established in India: a 16-hectare plot in Bhavngar and a 38 hectare plot in Kalol, near GM's India Car Manufacturing plant. An existing 30 hectare jatropha farm in Bhavnagar also will be managed under this project.

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