Scientists pioneer a new way to turn sunlight into fuel


The quest to find new ways to harness solar power has taken a step forward after researchers successfully split water into hydrogen and oxygen by altering the photosynthetic machinery in plants. Photosynthesis is the process plants use to convert sunlight into energy. Oxygen is produced as a by-product of photosynthesis when the water absorbed by plants is ‘split’. It is one of the most important reactions on the planet because it is the source of nearly all of the world’s oxygen. Hydrogen which is produced when the water is split could potentially be a green and unlimited source of renewable energy. A new study, led by academics at the University of Cambridge, used semi-artificial photosynthesis to explore new ways to produce and store solar energy. Read More

Honeywell has acquired Ortloff Engineers Ltd, a privately held licensor and industry-leading developer of specialized technologies that drive high returns in natural gas processing and sulfur recovery. Ortloff will become part of Honeywell UOP’s gas processing and hydrogen business, bringing the industry’s most advanced expertise in the recovery of high-value natural gas liquids (NGLs) from natural gas streams. Ortloff technologies are specialized to maximize gas separation, providing customers with high operational flexibility and greater returns on their plant investments. Ortloff also specializes in unique technologies for removing sulfur from refinery feedstocks, ensuring greater plant reliability and operability over the refinery lifecycle. Read More

BASF SE plans to increase the production capacity of 1,6-Hexanediol (HDO) at its Ludwigshafen Verbund site by more than 50 percent. After the start-up in 2021, BASF’s global annual nameplate capacity of HDO will be more than 70,000 metric tons per year at its production facilities in Ludwigshafen, Germany and Freeport, Texas, US. HDO adds value in many applications by giving hydrolysis resistance, flexibility, adhesion and weatherability to the end-products. Due to its superior performance compared to other materials, BASF’s customers use the intermediate to formulate high quality industrial, automotive, wood or leather coatings, polyurethane plastics, adhesives and cosmetics. Read More

Jacketed Ball Valves largely use to sustain process media temperature during process to keep fluids at a lower viscosity to operate valve smoothly. Each Jacketed Ball Valve body construction is replaced by adding minimum one size higher flanges to achieve proper tighten space of bolt and nut. The company manufactures jacketed ball valve in sizes from DN15 x DN 40 (1/2″ X 1-1/2″) to DN150 x DN250 (6″ x10″). The model FJK80/81 series full jacketed ball valves are manufactured with various material grade of body, jacket and seats to suit various viscous services. Read More