Polymers Textiles – Europe’s Imperative: Countering Russia’s Bid for Hydrogen Market Supremacy 04-12-2023
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Europe’s Imperative: Countering Russia’s Bid for Hydrogen Market Supremacy
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Europe finds itself at a crucial juncture, compelled to address the looming threat of Russia’s bid to dominate the global hydrogen market. Joseph Hammond, a seasoned journalist and fellow at the African Union, underscores the profound impact of Russia’s actions on Europe’s energy landscape, spotlighting the region’s vulnerable dependence on Russian oil, coal, and gas.
Hammond cautions that Russia, emerging from the shadows of conflict, is strategically poised to reclaim economic prominence through a concerted focus on natural resources. Central to this agenda is Russia’s ambition to emerge as a key player in the burgeoning global hydrogen market. Polymers Textiles
Drawing attention to Russia’s tactical deployment of its vast natural gas reserves and robust infrastructure, Hammond outlines the nation’s goal to secure a formidable one-fifth share of the global hydrogen market by 2030. The author raises a red flag about Europe’s limited capacity to produce green hydrogen, underlining the pivotal role of sustainably produced hydrogen derived from wind and other renewable sources in ensuring Europe’s future energy security.
In exploring potential alternatives, Hammond references a significant energy agreement between an Emirati energy giant and Azerbaijan’s national oil company. The focus of this collaboration is on offshore wind and green hydrogen projects, presenting a viable pathway for Europe to diversify its energy sources and meet its green hydrogen demands.
Azerbaijan, a reliable gas supplier to Europe, emerges as a strategic partner in Europe’s quest for energy diversification and green hydrogen production.
The article underscores the nation’s potential to play a pivotal role in countering Russia’s hydrogen dominance. Polymers Textiles
Moreover, the author sheds light on the United Arab Emirates’ unwavering commitment to spearheading the post-carbon transition. With substantial investments in renewable energy projects, including a robust focus on hydrogen production, the UAE is positioned as a beacon of progress. The upcoming COP28, hosted by the UAE, is anticipated to prioritize green hydrogen on the global agenda, providing a platform for collaborative efforts.
In light of these developments, Hammond urges Europe to take immediate action to avert potentially exorbitant costs in the future. Recognizing the shifting geopolitical dynamics surrounding oil, the article emphasizes the imperative for Europe to proactively prepare for potential shocks in the 21st century, underlining the critical need to safeguard its energy security and economic interests. Polymers Textiles
Certification of the recyclability of multilayer films containing polyamide expanded
- New studies prove recycling compatibility for broad portfolio of polyethylene/polyamide structures
- Adhesive-laminated polyamide multilayer films also tested and certified as compatible in the polyethylene film recycling stream
- Important fundament for fact-based development of European “Design for Recycling” guidelines
Following the studies already conducted in 2021 on the recyclability of coextruded polyethylene/polyamide (PE/PA) multilayer films, the independent institute cyclos-HTP GmbH has completed further extensive investigations into the recyclability of multilayer films containing polyamide 6 (PA6) and ethyl vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymer.
The subjects of the studies commissioned by BASF SE are coextruded PE/PA6/EVOH high-barrier films as well as and laminated PA6/PE films in household packaging waste. It has now been demonstrated that these two film types are also compatible for recycling in the polyethylene film stream. Polymers Textiles
“The results show that PE film waste streams containing PA can be processed without significant adjustments to the recycling process. The certification confirms the standard market practice of PA-containing film waste already being recycled by film manufacturers today,” says Dr. Matthias Zorn, Senior Manager Market Development Polyamides for extrusion applications at BASF.”
The compatibilizer, which is incorporated additionally into laminated structures to enable distribution of the PA component in the PE matrix, plays an important role. In coextruded structures, the already present tie layer used to bond PA and PE in the film becomes an effective compatibilizer during the recycling process. Polymers Textiles
“If additional functionalized polyethylene (PE-g-MAH) is also added as a compatibilizer during primary film production, the polyamide is even recognized as a valuable material in the polyethylene recyclate by cyclos-HTP,” says Zorn.