February 2, 2011

Weekly News Roundup

In less than two weeks, we'll be covering Infocast's Biobased Chemicals Summit. The blog is hoping to meet new people and add new companies on my list.

I'm hoping to post some of my coverage on last week's American Cleaning Institute annual meeting on the blog soon. For now here are this week's news roundup:

Arkema establishes polymers for PV research
Arkema and CEA teams from INES (Institut National de l'Energie Solaire) have joined forces to create in France the first private/public mixed research laboratory dedicated to the development of polymer materials for the various photovoltaic module technologies. This cooperation venture will be in place for an initial 4-year period.

Metabolix Oilseeds gets funding
Metabolix Oilseeds, Inc., has been awarded $203,000 in research funding by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture through its Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). The company will use the funding to accelerate its ongoing research and development of oilseed crops, specifically Camelina sativa, as a potential source for bioplastics and other petroleum substitutes.

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