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September 1, 2010
The ever-increasing cost of fuel and relentless push for environmental responsibility are constant factors in the profitability of many chemical process operations, and fluctuations in the prices of natural gas and other fuels can make it hard to predict future energy costs and the impact of such fluctuations on profits. However, the impact of fluctuating fuel costs, and the regulatory uncertainty related...
September 1, 2010
Codexis (Redwood City, Calif.; and CO2 Solution (Quebec City, Canada; have jointly developed a cost-effective method for capturing carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants. Solvent-based systems for capturing CO2 are relatively well-understood, but they have not been widely deployed because they are energy-intensive and inefficient. Solvent-based approaches involve...
September 1, 2010
On May 5, 2010 Texas Lehigh Cement (Buda, Tex.; was awarded an Environmental Excellence Award by the state environmental agency Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ; Austin; The company won for its alternative fuel project because of its outstanding community partnership process. Judges for the award said they could see potential for...
September 1, 2010
Athough the municipal water demand is considerably greater than that of industry, many of the municipal needs are addressed by relatively basic technologies, while industrial requirements can only be met with advanced treatment options. And, as industrial water demands continue to grow due to regulatory restrictions and mandates, water treatment providers are developing innovative desalination...
August 1, 2010
ADA-ES, Inc. (Littleton, Colo.; and Arch Coal, Inc. (St. Louis, Mo.), the U.S.’s second-largest coal producer, have signed an exclusive development and licensing agreement for an ADA-ES process that reduces mercury emissions from coal-fired plants by pretreating the coal. Designed for use with sub-bituminous coals, the process has reduced Hg emissions by up to 80% in full-scale tests...
August 1, 2010
When it comes to managing regulatory documents such as product labels, bills of lading, and certificates of analysis (COA), virtually all manufacturers in the chemical process industries (CPI) face the same challenge — getting the right information into the right document formats for every shipment. This challenge becomes more complicated when you ship to customers with unique labeling and reporting...
August 1, 2010
Dow Water and Process Solutions (DW&PS; Minneapolis, Minn.;, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., unveiled a simplified electrodeionization (EDI) product at the recent Singapore International Water Week event. The new version of the product reduces operating costs for industrial water treatment by up to 15% compared to its predecessor. The Dow Electrodeionization 310...
August 1, 2010
A next-generation, carbon-enhanced membrane-bioreactor (MBR) system improves treatment of industrial wastewater with high organic content and containing compounds that resist microbial breakdown. The system allows economic reuse of wastewater or discharge to meet stringent environmental standards. The new MBR, dubbed EcoRight, will be commercially available in early 2011. First envisioned by Saudi Aramco...
July 30, 2010
JGC Corp. (Yokohama;, INPEX Corp. (Tokyo, both Japan; and BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; have entered into an agreement to jointly carry out demonstration tests on a new technology for effectively capturing and recovering CO2 contained in natural gas. The tests are carried out at INPEX’s Koshijihara natural gas plant (Nagaoka city, Niigata prefecture)...
July 28, 2010
Tenaska ( has chosen Fluor Corp.'s (Irving, Tex.; Econamine FG Plus carbon-capture technology for use at the proposed Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center being developed near Sweetwater, Texas. "Trailblazer represents an innovative environmental breakthrough in clean energy production that will have positive implications worldwide," says Dave Dunning, president of...
July 19, 2010
Siemens Energy (Erlangen, Germany;, is planning to design, install, and operate a pilot plant for treating a slipstream (1 MW equivalent) at the Tampa Electric Big Bend Station to demonstrate Postcap technology for post-combustion CO2 gas capture. The primary goal of this project will be to reduce the large amounts of energy traditionally needed to operate carbon capture technologies. But...
July 7, 2010
The US Dept. of Energy (DOE; Washington, D.C.; announced today the selection of ten projects aimed at developing advanced technologies for capturing carbon dioxide from coal combustion. The projects, valued at up to $67 million over three years, focus on reducing the energy and efficiency penalties associated with applying currently available carbon capture and storage (CCS)...$67-million-for-carbon-capture-development_5838.html
July 6, 2010
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO; Melbourne, Australia; is partnering with China United Coalbed Methane Corp. (CUCBM; on a A$10 million joint demonstration project that will store 2,000 metric tons (m.t.) of carbon dioxide underground in the Shanxi Province and extract methane for use as an energy source. The project will focus on...
July 1, 2010
As environmental awareness receives renewed focus in the government, the public and industry, it appears that higher standards will be applied to processors to achieve even higher oxides-of-nitrogen (NOx) removal than in the past. And since selective catalytic reduction (SCR) has been proven to be one of the most efficient systems for NOx removal from high output sources, such as coal-fired power plants...
July 1, 2010
With bio-based chemical production growing, and several newer companies ready to enter commercial production, indications are that biologically derived chemicals will be an increasing force in the petrochemicals market. But bio-based chemical producers must confront the bottom-line requirements of product performance and cost, rather than riding their products’ environmental benefits. Susan Sun...
June 17, 2010
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; and RTI International (Research Triangle Park, N.C.;, are joining forces to develop a new, exceptionally cost-effective technology to capture carbon dioxide  from waste gases emitted by coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources. The development project is sponsored by a $2-million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Dept. of Energy...
June 11, 2010
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that three projects have been selected to receive up to $612 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — matched by $368 million in private funding — to demonstrate large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) from industrial sources. The projects — located in Texas, Illinois, and Louisiana — were initially selected in...$1-billion-for-industrial-CCS-_5761.html
June 10, 2010
Question:  What is driving the trend toward increased water reuse and how is membrane technology addressing this? Furthermore, what does the future hold for water reuse? Answer: Meeting water demands and ensuring a plentiful supply of water for future generations is a top-of-mind issue for the water industry today. Adequate, safe and accessible water supplies are essential to sustaining life and...
June 7, 2010
GE (Fairfield, Conn.; and Ramky Enviro Engineers, an environment and waste management organization, have signed emergency water and industrial-wastewater treatment agreements specifically designed to address India’s industrial-wastewater treatment and recycling needs. Under the agreement, GE’s ultra filtration (UF) and membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology will be...
April 1, 2010
Non-chemical methods for conditioning water for use in cooling towers and boilers have been investigated, marketed and installed for over 100 years. In light of the recent incentives to “go green,” these methods offer engineers, operators and owners the option of replacing corrosive, toxic chemicals with physical or mechanical processes that claim to produce the same or superior results to...
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