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Cosmetic Engine-ering?

Cosmetic Engine-ering?

March 7, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Egyptian scientists at Helwan University in Cairo and the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain are testing the oil from the nut of the jojoba desert shrub as an alternative to diesel fuel in engines. The oil, normally used in the cosmetics industry, produces fewer pollutants then diesel fuel when combusted, the researchers said.
Green Cosmetics Benefit the Earth

Green Cosmetics Benefit the Earth

Cosmetic company Aveda and Green Mountain Energy Company have announced that they will partner this month to promote pollution-free electricity.
New Electrolyte Films Designed for Solar, Fuel Cells, etc

New Electrolyte Films Designed for Solar, Fuel Cells, etc

Developments in nano-particles may bring substantial improvements in the size or cost of solar PV cells, fuel cells, advanced energy storage equipment, thermal coatings, paints and even cosmetics.
Are We There Yet? The Positioning and Repositioning of the Algae Industry

Are We There Yet? The Positioning and Repositioning of the Algae Industry

An agreeable reporter from KPBS San Diego visited with the Digest this past week while working on a short segment, contrasting the progress of algae companies today to the promise seen when the BIO International Convention last visited San Diego in 2008.
Altair Nanotechnologies Growing

Altair Nanotechnologies Growing

August 20, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. has purchased a 90,000-square-foot building currently housing its corporate offices, laboratories and nano-materials production facility from BHP Minerals International Inc. (“BHP”), a subsidiary of Australia-based BHP Billiton Limited, for US$3 million. Under the terms of the agreement, the first payment is due in 42 months; interest will begin to accrue in 36 months […]
Iberdrola-Backed AlgaEnergy May Build Mexico Biomass Plant

Iberdrola-Backed AlgaEnergy May Build Mexico Biomass Plant

AlgaEnergy SA, part-owned by Spain’s Iberdrola SA and Repsol SA, is in talks with potential partners to set up a plant in Mexico to supply the American markets with biomass made from algae.
Solazyme Gets $52M for Algae Production

Solazyme Gets $52M for Algae Production

The San Francisco-based algae company Solazyme closed a Series D round of financing for $52 million this week. The funding round comes almost exactly two years after the company raised more than $45 million in August of 2008.
Researcher Sees Biodiesel Potential in Seeds

Researcher Sees Biodiesel Potential in Seeds

December4, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] University of Idaho researcher, Professor Brian He, reported that he has discovered opportunities in the rapeseed and mustard seed for use in local biodiesel production. He has explored spin-off uses of the production waste, dovetailing with the fundamental research of Charles Peterson, a University of Idaho biological and agricultural engineering professor, who began biofuels testing in 1979. […]
BioBacksheet to Hit Market in Second Half of 2009

BioBacksheet to Hit Market in Second Half of 2009

BioSolar Inc. announced that the BioBacksheet will be the company's first product to be commercially available during the second half of 2009. The announcement follows BioSolar's recent news that two of its products are currently in the pre-production stage and nearing qualification for full production.
Adhesive improves solar silicon ingot sawing, dissolves in H20

Adhesive improves solar silicon ingot sawing, dissolves in H20

Henkel Corporation introduced Loctite 3382, a water-debondable epoxy adhesive that bonds silicon and glass/metal mounting substrates during silicon ingot slicing operations, protecting against wafer breakage.