Lignol and Weyerhaeuser Team for Cellulosic Products: Ethanol and biochemical producer Lignol is working with pulp and paper giant Weyerhaeuser on cellulose-based biochemicals. Weyerhaeuser has a separate JV with Chevron to develop cellulosic biofuels – Green Car Congress.
South African Investment Firms Launches $48.6M Cleantech Fund: Inspired Revolution Investment Management closed the first round of what it says is South Africa’s first cleantech fund in July at ZAR400 million ($48.6 million) and aims to raise ZAR1 billion by mid-2009 – Insurance Times & Investment News.
Chamber of Commerce Wants More Venture Capital in Energy: The Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy issued a detailed blueprint expounding on the proposals it made in an open letter earlier this year. Energy is a top priority and the Institute wants to see more venture capital to help commercialize technologies – WSJ’s Environmental Capital.
Free-Piston Engines for Hybrid Vehicles: GM, Lotus, and Volvo are looking to use the highly efficient and inexpensive free-piston engine as a potential alternative to fuel cells – MIT Technology Review.
Solar Powered Pope: Vatican City is installing 2,700 solar panels on top of the papal audience hall. It makes sense since this Pope is from Germany, the world’s solar leader – AP