Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen 13-01-2021

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-No Compromises:How Eastman’s Naia™ Renew Is Transforming the Fashion Industry

Here, Shaw’s Kellie Ballew and Eastman’s Ruth Farrell discuss the opportunities created by Eastman’s Naia™ Renew textile, and the need to show the market that sustainability and circularity can be achieved without compromise.

As part of an ongoing effort to highlight organizations making a positive impact on people and the planet, Kellie Ballew, Shaw’s VP of Global Sustainability, recently interviewed Ruth Farrell, Eastman’s global marketing director of textiles.

The two discussed the company’s approach to sustainability and its textile brand Naia™ Renew — which is helping the fashion industry become more sustainable.

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-RadiciGroup invests EUR 15 million in a new production line for meltblown nonwoven, the filtering material used in protective face masks

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RadiciGroup has taken the next step in its commitment to the health emergency response, by making a sizeable investment for the purchase of a new production line for meltblown nonwoven, the material used for manufacturing protective face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

The Group has been at the forefront in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 from the very beginning of the pandemic, above all by rapidly setting up a production chain involving local factories for the manufacture of spunbond nonwoven for medical gowns and other personal protective equipment. As a result, the Group quickly came to the decision to produce meltblown nonwoven, a type of nonwoven not readily available in the Italian market, but indispensable in the manufacture of surgical masks.

“In the midst of the pandemic crisis,” said Maurizio Radici, vice president and COO of RadiciGroup, “the lack of meltblown nonwoven became evident. We kept receiving tens of requests from potential customers. A very small quantity of meltblown material is produced in Europe, which is certainly not sufficient to meet demand in a health emergency. Given our extensive experience in the field of nonwovens, we swiftly began figuring out how to set up a chain for the production of PPE in Italy. And, as soon as the opportunity arose to take concrete action, we had no hesitation to jump on it”.

RadiciGroup invests EUR 15 million in a new production line for meltblown nonwoven, the filtering material used in protective face masks

-SABIC’s new, breakthrough LNP™ COLORCOMP™ compound uses nanotechnology to enable differentiated foams

SABIC today introduced LNP™ COLORCOMP™ WQ117945 compound, a breakthrough material based on advanced nanotechnology that facilitates efficient production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foams for core materials in sandwich structures.

This new compound improves control over nucleation and cell growth, resulting in decreased cell size and uniform, narrower cell size distribution.

These attributes can reduce the foam’s weight by minimizing resin uptake in sandwich structures. It can also potentially improve shear strength/strain properties for better fatigue performance. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

Enhancing PET foams with SABIC’s new LNP COLORCOMP compound can address the evolving needs of multiple industries, including marine, building and construction, packaging and wind energy.

-SABIC’s new, breakthrough LNP™ COLORCOMP™ compound uses nanotechnology to enable differentiated foams

-Trinseo raises January PS, ABS and SAN prices in Europe

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe, have announced a price increase for all polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (SAN) in Europe, according to the company’s press release as of 5 January.

Effective January 1, 2021, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose as follows:

– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR135 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR135 per metric ton;

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR400 per metric ton;

– TYRIL SAN resins – by EUR170 per metric ton. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

-Trinseo raises January PS, ABS and SAN prices in Europe

-Gron Fuels lets technology contract for billion-dollar clean fuels project

Gron Fuels, LLC has recently selecte Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex renewable fuels and H2bridge bio-hydrogen technologies with bio-carbon capture and sequestration option for a multi-billion low carbon intensity complex in Louisiana, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

The integration of the fully proven H2bridge hydrogen technology with the HydroFlex technology enables Gron Fuels to produce renewable bio-hydrogen equivalent to the production of a 1,000 MW hydrolyser plant at a fraction of the cost. The design flexibility to include bio-carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to the project is added to pursue negative carbon intensity renewable fuel production.

Bio-hydrogen not utilized for renewable diesel production will be made available by Gron Fuels for purchase by third parties for lowering the CO2 emissions of power production, industrial processes, or transportation and can be shipped by the ~600 miles/1,000 km of hydrogen pipelines operational and located near Gron Fuels’ site.

Gron Fuels worked collaboratively with Topsoe to design the facility to be able to manufacture renewable arctic diesel with an additive-free -40 degrees cloud point.

-Gron Fuels lets technology contract for billion-dollar clean fuels project

-EC: New report on ‘Industry 5.0’ published

The EU’s recovery requires the acceleration of the twin green and digital transitions, to build a more sustainable and resilient society and economy. Industry is among the key drivers of this dual transition.Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

The report “Industry 5.0” published today recognises the power of industry to achieve societal goals beyond jobs and growth to become a resilient provider of prosperity, by making production respect the boundaries of our planet and placing the wellbeing of the industrial worker at the centre of the production process.

The report describes the main building blocks of the Industry 5.0 approach, lays out the main benefits for workers, as well as for industry itself, and provides a mapping of ongoing and finalised research and innovation projects that are pertinent to Industry 5.0.

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-Mars and Amcor announce recyclable rice pouch

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Mars Food has announced it will begin to use recyclable mono-polypropylene plastic (PP) for its microwavable rice pouches in 2021.

The pouch is a result of a three-year partnership between Mars Food and Amcor, with the companies sharing a vision to support a circular economy where the packaging doesn’t become waste. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

The companies are in the final stages of development of the new food-safe, monomaterial, microwavable rice pouch, with the first packs expected to be launched in limited European markets by mid-year 2021 and ambitions to scale the technology across Mars Food’s portfolio beginning in the back half of the year.

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-Faster, greener way of producing carbon spheres could improve carbon capture technology

Swansea University researchers have developed one-step method for producing porous carbon spheres, which are a vital component for carbon capture technology

A fast, green and one-step method for producing porous carbon spheres, which are a vital component for carbon capture technology and for new ways of storing renewable energy, has been developed by Swansea University researchers.

The method produces spheres that have good capacity for carbon capture, and it works effectively at a large scale.Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

Carbon spheres range in size from nanometers to micrometers. Over the past decade they have begun to play an important role in areas such as energy storage and conversion, catalysis, gas adsorption and storage, drug and enzyme delivery, and water treatment.

They are also at the heart of carbon capture technology, which locks up carbon rather than emitting it into the atmosphere, thereby helping to tackle climate change.

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-New Technique Promises Deeper Insights Into Polymer Degradation in High-shear Conditions

Ultra-long polymers are used widely in high-performance applications including energy-efficient lubricants, working fluids for energy production and performance plastics. Yet they also are often degraded by extreme flows and mechanical processes that break chemical bonds along the “spine” of the polymer chain. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

Motor oil in your car is a good example, explains Matthew Helgeson, an associate professor of chemical engineering at UC Santa Barbara: “Polymer additives are engineered to control the viscosity of the oil and maintain its load-bearing characteristics, but if polymer degradation is too severe, the oil loses its effectiveness, resulting in poorer fuel efficiency and increased engine wear.”

To counteract such degradation and the resulting compromised performance, engineers have designed complex polymer shapes, including branched or star-like architectures that are less susceptible than straight polymer chains to damaging shear forces encountered in flow environments.

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-Utilising recyclable PET plastic waste: Towards a circular economy

“Reduce, reuse, and recycle” – a household phrase you’ve probably heard over and over again either through school, from awareness campaigns or even on TV.

This commonly used phrase is one expected to enthusiastically and optimistically drive the mind-sets of those listening, to essentially do the right thing and help efforts to save the environment. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

In Sri Lanka, waste segregation and management is a topic that has been gradually building up notoriety due to inefficiencies and lack of proper implementation. The Western Province alone generates around 7,500 metric tons of solid waste every day of which only 3,500 metric tons are collected (Central Environmental Authority, 2018).

Over the past few years, we’ve seen these poor practices result in overcrowded landfills, environmental deterioration and even economic drawbacks. Perfectly recyclable materials go to waste due to poor disposal, segregation and management practices across all stakeholders, from homes to municipalities and local authorities.

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