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January 1, 2012
A team from the School of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang; www.eng.usm.my) has carried out a study for optimizing non-catalytic supercritical (SC) methanol extraction and transesterification of Jatropha curcas seeds to produce biodiesel fuel. Jatropha curcas is a species of flowering plant native to the American tropics. The seeds contain up to 40 wt.% oil that can be processed to...
September 1, 2011
Phosgenation scaleup At the end of July, Bayer MaterialScience AG (BMS; Leverkusen, Germany; www.bayerbms.com) successfully tested its new gas-phase phosgenation technology at a new plant being commissioned for making toluene diisocyanate (TDI) — a raw material for making polyurethane — at its integrated production site at Caojing in Shanghai, China. The TDI facility is expected to come...
June 1, 2009
A process that produces hydrogen-enriched natural gas, with carbon black as a byproduct, is being developed by Atlantic Hydrogen Inc. (Fredericton NB, Canada; www.atlantichydrogen.com). The company has piloted the process at a scale of 25 m3/h of natural gas and plans to start up a demonstration plant that will produce 1,000 m3/h of H2-enriched natural gas (HENG) toward the end of 2010. In Atlantic...
May 1, 2009
SynGest, Inc. (San Francisco, Calif.; www.syngest.com) plans to commercialize a process for the production of ammonia from biomass by the fall of 2011. The first plant, to be located in Menlo, Iowa, will convert 150,000 ton/yr of corncobs into 50,000 ton/yr of ammonia, enough to fertilize 500,000 acres of nearby farmland. Chopped corncobs will be gasified in a bubbling bed...
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