January 22, 2013

Weekly News Roundup

I have so many updates to post but I'll start with our Weekly News Roundup which was supposed to have come out yesterday but I got distracted with my planned participation at the Plant-based Bio-Industrial Oils (PBIO) conference to be held in March, and my recent announced media partnership with Green Power conferences organizers.

Oh and I am supposed to study for my incoming nursing board exam too. 2013 is definitely starting to be an exciting year! Here are this week's news roundup before I get distracted again...

SES gasification tech for green chems
Synthesis Energy Systems (SES) has entered into a deal with an undisclosed US-based company to assess the feasibility and optimal uses of SES' gasification technology for the production of 'green' chemicals, which will be commissioned and funded by the said undisclosed US company. Possible feedstock will include used tires, auto shredder residues and refuse-derived fuel to efficiently and cost-effectively produce chemicals such as methanol and methanol derivatives.  SES will be assisted in doing the studies with engineering firm Fluor Enterprises. The study is expected to last four months.

VTT's peat fiber in composites
VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland has developed methods for processing bio-based composite materials using peat fiber for use in consumer products and construction materials. These materials can be processed using traditional methods such as in compounding, extrusion and injection molding. VTT currently has three patent applications pending related to the peat-based biocomposites. The development has been partly funded by the TULI project of the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes.

Solegear bags investors
British Columbia-based Solegear Bioplastics has received strategic investment from Best Buy Capital, the investment arm of Best Buy Co. Inc., North America's number-one specialty retailer of consumer electronics, personal computers, entertainment software and appliances. The companies did not disclosed the investment amount. Solegear plans to introduced this year its bioplastic formulation Polysole - a 100% bio-based and compostable bioplastic made of polylactic acid (PLA) base polymer blended with proprietary natural additives.

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