July 12, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

Have you heard the news about the relaunched of ICIS Chemical Business? (that's the magazine I worked for). It will now have new weekly columns on Petrochemicals, Polymers, Intermediates and Inorganics/Oleochemicals/Biofuels.

The green blogger will handle the last section (inorganics/oleo/biofuels) and that might take some time away from the blog --- I hope not but it remains to be seen. Still, all of us are excited with the new focus as we will be able to provide essential pricing information and market analysis to help buyers and sellers in key chemical markets that ICIS focuses on.

You can access the online version of the magazine (for free!) in here:

And of course, here is the blog's news roundup for this week:

Petrobras biofuel partnership
Petrobras has partnered with Dutch firm BIOeCON to develop a new process for enhanced conversion of biomass lignocelluloses into chemicals or advanced biofuels. The companies plan to establish proof of concept on pilot scale in the Netherlands and to build a demonstration facility in Brazil.

Air Products builds a solar farm
Air Products will build a 12-acre solar farm at its corporate headquarters in Allentown, Pa., capable of generating 1.5 MW of electricity. The 1.5MW will serve the energy needs of nearly half of Air Products' administration buildings. The project is expected to begin construction this fall and be onstream in the spring of 2011.

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