October 2, 2012

Weekly News Roundup

Second exam coming up next week! My other half is looking at me with evil eye as I type this post. By the way, thanks for the well-wishes on the blog's first monthsary (or is it monthsiversary?? -- these made-up words will boot me out of my English class...)

Here are this week's news roundup.

DuPont bio-PDO in TPU resins
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products has licensed the use of its Susterra biobased propanediol (PDO) brand to Nam Liong Enterprise for its Ureamax Plus TPU (thermoplastic polyurethanes) films and its Enprotex Plus waterproof fabrics. Nam Liong's Ureamax and Enprotex Plus are used in the manufacturing of waterproof and [or] breathable textiles, and contains a minimum 20% by weight of Sustera bio-PDO in the TPU or PU-based resin.

Yingli Green Energy in subsidy complaint
China-based solar energy company Yingli Green Energy denies accusations of receiving illegal subsidization according to a complaint by EuProsun, an initiative of European solar companies led by SolarWorld. EuProsun filed the complaint at the European Comission.

Butamax expands biofuel patent
Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC has been granted patent 8,273,558 by the US Patent and Trademark Office, which focuses on modified genes in microorganisms that allows for significant increase in the volume and rate of isobutanol produced through a certain pathway. The '588 patent also protects blending the isobutanol produced through the modified yeast cells with fossil fuels.

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