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December 1, 2008
A new membrane is combined with a novel process design to reduce energy costs in a CO2 recovery system developed by Membrane Technology and Research Inc. (MTR, Menlo Park, Calif.; The two-step system uses a membrane made of a hydrophilic rubbery polymer, formed into spiral-wound modules. The membrane is 10 times more permeable to CO2 than conventional membranes used for CO2, says...
December 1, 2008
China Energy Recovery, Inc. (CER; Shanghai;, in alliance with CMIIC Engineering and Construction Corp. (Beijing;, plans to design and build what is claimed to be the world’s largest straw-pulp-alkali...
October 28, 2008
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.;, a Honeywell company, announced that it was awarded a $1.5-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop economically viable technology to stabilize pyrolysis oil from second-generation biomass feedstocks for use as a renewable fuel source. Biomass pyrolysis oil is made from second-generation feedstocks like the residuals from agricultural and...
October 27, 2008
InEnTec LLC ( and Lakeside Energy LLC ( have announced a new partnership to facilitate construction of commercial-scale Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM) gasification facilities that will convert hazardous waste and chemical residuals into useful chemical products. Under the terms of the agreement, Lakeside Energy will provide all project equity and working capital...
October 15, 2008
As regulatory issues, environmental sensitivity, and longterm water supply concerns increase, the chemical process industries (CPI) are considering ways to reduce their water discharges. In fact, more and more companies are evaluating the viability of zero-liquid-discharge (ZLD) processes. This usually involves consideration of evaporation and crystallization technologies, which can be very expensive from...
October 15, 2008
A new activated-sludge-treatment process that promises to slash energy consumption is being developed by Sanki Engineering Co., Ltd., (Tokyo,, in cooperation with Ebara Corp., (Tokyo) and Touhoku University (Sendai, all Japan), and the support of NEDO (New Energy & Industrial Technology Organization; Kawasaki). The process features an innovative downflow tower equipped with hanging...
October 15, 2008
Liberty Engineering (Hamburg, N.Y.; has developed a bioremediation system that fully removes carcinogens from soil in 90 days. The process is based on microbial oxidation of organic compounds by petrophyllic pseudonomads in an oxygen-rich environment. The bacteria are specifically isolated for their affinity to metabolize heavy hydrocarbons, aromatic compounds and organic solvents...
October 15, 2008
As environmental regulations continue to get tighter regarding oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and other emissions, makers of burners and incinerators are working to develop equipment that not only meets or exceeds permissible emission levels, but also surpasses traditional operational capabilities. "It is true that environmental regulations are pushing us to come up with better technology," says...
October 15, 2008
Last month, Donaldson Torit (Minneapolis, Minn.; launched the Torit PowerCore dust collectors, which are up to 50% smaller than traditional baghouses. An extension of the firm’s patented PowerCore technology that has been proven in engine...
October 15, 2008
Last month, what is claimed as the first pilot plant in the world to demonstrate carbon-dioxide capture and storage (CCS) based on oxy-combustion came onstream next to Vattenfall´s 1,600-MW, lignite-fired Schwarze Pumpe power plant in Germany. The 30-MW pulverized-coal demonstration...
October 15, 2008
Genencor, a div. of Danisco A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark; and The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. (Akron, Ohio; have started a research collaboration to develop a bio-based process for producing isoprene using renewable...
October 15, 2008
As part of the European BioDME project, Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; and Chemrec will design and build a new plant for producing dimethyl ether (DME). Located at the Smurfit Kappa...
October 15, 2008
The DuPont cellulosic ethanol joint venture (JV), DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC (DDCE; Itasca, Ill.;, has broken ground for its first pilot-scale biorefinery and state-of-the-art biofuels research and development facility in Vonore, Tenn.  The JV has partnered with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, through Genera Energy LLC (, to...
October 15, 2008
This month’s cover line "Approaching Zero Liquid Discharge" (see Cover Story, pp. 60 – 68) includes part of a growing vernacular that applies to water use in the chemical process industries (CPI) and beyond. Regardless of how differently the situation can be stated, there is a common concern: world water needs are growing, while suitable water supplies are limited — at least...
October 13, 2008
Mubadala Development Co. (Mubadala; and Veolia Water ( have announced their intention to create a joint-venture company that will focus on water production and...
October 6, 2008
Siemens (Erlangen, Germany; announced the acquisition of the German company SG Wasseraufbereitung und Regenerierstation GmbH (SG Water). The Hamburg-based supplier specializes in water treatment solutions for laboratories and industrial organizations. SG Water’s electro-deionization systems and reverse osmosis technology for...
September 15, 2008
Handbook of Chemical Technology and Pollution Control. Third Edition. By Martin B. Hocking. 30 Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: 2006. 830 pages, $95.95. Reviewed by V. N. Lad, S. V. National Institute of Technology, Gujarat, India Sustainable development that incorporates energy efficient production practices and environmentally friendly process design are responsibilities...
September 15, 2008
The need to conserve water is becoming a common concern throughout the world. Whether this is due to the cost of water, availability of water, or environmental concerns, water conservation is becoming a major focal point, both in the public and private sector. In those areas where renewable water resources are limited, and in regions where there are significant environmental concerns and costs associated...
August 29, 2008
Cefic, representing the European Chemical Industry, and IBM  developed a state-of-the-art solution which will facilitate and ease the exchange of information between companies with the final goal to submit the registration dossiers as foreseen by the REACH Regulation. SIEFreach is a reliable and performing collaboration tool incorporating IBM software, hardware and services. The system went live on...
August 18, 2008
Siemens’ (Erlangen, Germany; coal gasification technology has been selected for Canada’s first low-CO2 IGCC power plant. EPCOR Power Generation is planning to build an integrated gasification combined cycle power plant (IGCC) featuring carbon capture and storage in Genesee near Edmonton, Alberta. The demonstration plant, with an installed capacity of approximately 270...
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