December 7, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

Sorry for another post delay. The past two weeks was a record in terms of doctor/medical appointments. Not to worry green blog fans, the physical body may be aging but the blogging spirit is still strong!

Last week, I was also able to talk to Neste Oil and Dynamic Fuels about their new renewable diesel facilities in Singapore and the US, respectively, and these information will come out on ICIS Chemical Business' December 13 issue. I also had the chance to interview Anellotech CEO David Sudolsky about their Biomass to Aromatics technology and LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren about their Waste Gas to Chems/Biofuels technology. I'll posts some of these information as soon as I can

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

Ford uses Merquinsa's bio-TPU
Ford Motor is collaborating with Merquinsa in the use of its Pearlthane® ECO thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU). The bio-based TPU will be incorporated in the Lincoln tambour door tambour console, which Merquinsa said will reduce the carbon footprint of the part by as much as 40%.

Dow JV in Kuwait green projects
EQUATE Petrochemical, a joint venture between Dow Chemical and several Kuwait-based petrochemical companies, launched Kuwait's first carbon capture project and the Middle East's first water recycling plant within petrochemical facilities. EQUATE plans to recycle 245m gal/year of water reducing distilled water intake by 20% to 32% annually. The projects are expected to start operating in 2012.


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