August 13, 2011

Weekly News Roundup

Guess where I'm heading for vacation this week? ;-) The green blogger will be offline until August 22 so I will leave you this weekly news round-up and maybe (just maybe) a roundup of biofuel news as well...

Coming soon is a preview of my story about Mitsubishi Chemical's renewables strategies, the full story of which will be on ICIS Chemical Business' August 29 issue. I will also start working on another related article about Japanese chemical companies and their renewable chemical strategies, which will include Mitsubishi Chemicals, Mitsui, Teijin...anybody else I missed?

Dow expands solar encapsulants
Dow Chemical is adding capacity for its ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin Encapsulant Films, one in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, and one in Schkopau, Germany. Construction will start in 2012. The sites will more than triple the Company’s capacity for making specialty films used in photovoltaic modules,

Bayer to license green chlorine process
Bayer MaterialScience and engineering firm Uhde intend to offer on the global market starting 2013 their new chlorine manufacturing process, which significantly reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The companies said major German chlorine producers have already announced their interest, as have a number of companies in the Asia/Pacific region.

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