July 26, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

Record-breaking news (for me anyway) came out last week and a lot from biofuels and solar. Also, last week's chemical regulatory talks are centered mostly on the overhauling of TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act), with the introduction of Bill 5820 by Representatives Bobby L. Rush and Henry A. Waxman.

One of the goals under this bill, by the way, is to promote innovation and investment in green chemistry. More about this new bill in another post. For now, here are this week's news roundup!

FEDIOL withdraws membership
FEDIOL, the EU oil and protein meal industry, decided in June to withdraw its support from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB). FEDIOL said RSB's principles and criteria are totally disconnect with the reality of biofuels production, making compliance from the industry nearly impossible.

Sud-Chemie in cellulosic ethanol
German specialty chemical company Süd-Chemie will build Germany´s largest plant to date cellulosic ethanol in Munich with a capacity of 2,000 tonnes/year using the company's sunliquid process. The plant will start at the end of 2011.

Dow Corning in solar R&D
Dow Corning and The University of Toledo (UT) will form a collaboration on photovoltaic (PV) solar research and development efforts to help reduce the cost of solar energy to make it a viable and economically competitive energy option globally.

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