A news round-up of global hot topics
- Solar Updates Marines’ Arsenal – The Wall Street Journal: A company of U.S. Marines recently conducted a remarkable three-week patrol through southern Afghanistan, replacing hundreds of pounds of spare batteries in their packs with roll-up solar panels the size of placemats to power their battle gear… (more)
- Molecules for sale: Biofuel outfits bet on chemicals – CNET News: Many biofuel companies are finding the best way to make money is to stay away from biofuels, at least for a while… (more)
- Oil Giant BP Backs Biofuel Startup Verdezyne – GigaOm/Earth2Tech: Verdezyne, an engineer of yeast that eats plant sugars and excretes biofuel and biochemicals, has just landed an undisclosed investment from British oil giant BP and Dutch biochemicals company DSM. Mark the news down as another biotech-based startup teaming up with the industry incumbents to scale up their green fuels and bio-chemicals… (more)
- China’s polysilicon industry back in the sunshine – Marketwatch: Domestic producers of polysilicon, a critical ingredient for solar-energy devices including power-making panels, are climbing out of a two-year price trough… (more)
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