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Compostable Cling Film
Novamont unveiled a new biodegradable and compostable cling film that can be used for any kind of foodstuff, including perishables that have a high fat content such as oils, sauces and butters, and for acidic foods. After use, the material is compostable in accordance with European standards. Novamont’s cling film, developed with partners, has the same physical characteristics as traditional stretch films without any plasticizers or additives that can transfer into food. It is permeable to water vapor, thereby allowing condensation on covered food to evaporate. Learn more at

Poultry Power
FuelCell Energy, based in Danbury, Connecticut, has announced the sale of a 1.4 MW power plant to G3 Power Systems for installation at the Olivera Egg Ranch, a poultry farm in French Camp, California. The fuel cell system will utilize renewable biogas for fuel, converting what is currently a waste problem for the poultry ranch into electricity and heat. FuelCell Energy will service the power plant under a five-year agreement. Residuals from the poultry operation — currently disposed in a lagoon — will be diverted into an anaerobic digester; power from the fuel cell plant will be sufficient to meet almost all of the electricity needs of the Olivera Egg Ranch. By-product heat from the fuel cell energy conversion process will be directed back to heat the digester. The power plant is expected to be operational by the mid 2011. Learn more at

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