Discovery towards sustainable source of fuel additive ethanol


Discovery towards sustainable source of fuel additive ethanol

Most of the fuel additive ethanol used in the US is made from corn. But new research reveals that copper can turn carbon dioxide into ethanol without using corn or other plants. Most cars and trucks in the United States run on a blend of 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol, a renewable fuel made primarily from fermented corn. But producing the 14 billion gallons of ethanol consumed annually by American drivers requires millions of acres of farmland. Read more

 

 

BASF SE has signed a contract with Synthomer Austria GmbH, a subsidiary Synthomer plc, for the sale of its production site for styrene butadiene dispersions for paper coating in Pischelsdorf, Austria, for a purchase price of €30 million. The buyer will take over 42 employees at the site. The transaction is expected to be completed by late January 2018. BASF also said that it will concentrate on production of paper coating dispersions in Europe at two sites, the Ludwigshafen Verbund site and the Hamina site in Finland. Read more

 

 

Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its existing production plants for polymer binders in South Korea. The company plans to build a new spray dryer for dispersible polymer powders at its Ulsan site. The dryer will have a total capacity of 80,000 metric tonnes per year. Wacker also plans to build a further reactor for dispersions based on vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE). Its dispersions will be used in the spray dryer for the production of dispersible polymer powders. Read more 

 

 

A researcher at Queen’s University Belfast has discovered a way to convert dirty aluminium foil into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems. In the UK, around 20,000 tonnes of aluminium foil packaging is wasted each year – enough to stretch to the moon and back. Most of this is landfilled or incinerated as it’s usually contaminated by grease and oils, which can damage recycling equipment. Read more 

 

 

AkzoNobel NV said that all of its paint and coatings production in the Netherlands is now powered by green energy, marking another milestone on the company’s journey to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. An agreement has been signed with energy company Eneco which means the company’s facilities in Sassenheim, Wapenveld, Groot Ammers and Ammerzoden are now entirely using electricity generated by wind power. Read more

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