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August 15, 2008
As fuel prices continue to rise, energy management is everyone’s business Market trends suggest that the demand for energy resources will rise dramatically over the next 25 years with the global demand for all energy sources forecast to grow by 57% and the U.S. demand for all types of energy expected to increase by 31% (see Figure 1). By 2030, it is expected that 56% of the world’s energy use...
August 15, 2008
On July 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.) released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) soliciting public input on the effects of climate change and the potential ramifications of the Clean Air Act in relation to...
August 15, 2008
A thermochemical process for converting biomass to ethanol, other biofuels and chemical intermediates will be developed jointly by Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; and the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, Golden, Colo.; Under the agreement, NREL will combine its expertise in biomass gasification with Dow’s catalytic process for the...
August 15, 2008
Dow Chemical (Midland, Mich; has started using a renewable energy source — methane from landfill gas — at its Dalton, Ga., plant where carpet latex is manufactured. As a result, carpet-backing products manufactured with the so-called Dow Lomax technology, are expected to receive up to five points under the renewable energy section of the new...
August 15, 2008
Corn residue left in fermenters after ethanol production could find a future use as a filler in plastics through research being done at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory (Brookings, S.D.; The granular residue, called distiller’s dried grains (DDGs), is now used mainly for animal feed. Plastics would provide an additional market...
July 15, 2008
Monitoring Our Atmosphere Please refer to the Editor’s Page, April 2008: Mr. Gerald Ondrey’s last sentence sums it up. "Ultimately, the only truly green solution is to reduce consumption — the second law of thermodynamics says so." Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R, Md.) speaks out plain and clear regarding energy policy, but colleagues respond politically and not...
July 15, 2008
Ethanol could be produced for less than $1/gal through a new process developed by ZeaChem, Inc. (Lakewood, Colo.; The company has piloted the process (flowsheet) and plans to start up a 1.5-million-gal/yr full-scale demonstration plant at the end of 2009, says Jim Imbler, chief executive officer. The process starts with acid hydrolysis of biomass to obtain sugars, as in standard...
June 25, 2008
Alstom (Paris, France; and Reliant Energy, Inc. have announced the contract signing for the purchase of Alstom’s advanced mercury removal system, Mer-Cure. The deal follows the successful launch of Alstom’s Mer-Cure product line in 2007, marking Alstom’s entry into this new market...
June 15, 2008
At 2,064 ft as of this past April, the unfinished Burj Dubai skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates is the tallest man-made structure on earth. "A structure of this kind is only possible if the right [concrete] mixture is guaranteed," as BASF’s executive director for research Stefan Marcinowski has pointed out. In fact, "a chemist with an analytical laboratory is constantly monitoring...
June 15, 2008
Researchers from the Organic Chemistry Dept. at Newcastle University (U.K.; have developed aluminium (salen) complexes that exhibit "exceptional" activity for catalyzing the synthesis of cyclic...
June 15, 2008
The chemical process industries (CPI) are subjected to countless environmental, health and safety (EH&S) regulations affecting the production, distribution and general use of chemical products. To add to the existing burden, new global initiatives related to product stewardship — most notably REACH and GHS (see box, Regulations 101, below) — are joining the regulatory fray. "REACH and...
June 15, 2008
Dupont (Wilmington, Del.; and its partner Genencor (Palo Alto, Calif.;, a div. of Danisco A/S, plan to invest $140 million to integrate the pretreatment process and fermenting organism — developed with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL...
June 15, 2008
At last month’s IFAT Trade Exhibition (May 5 – 9; Munich, Germany), Kemira Water (Helsingborg, Finland; introduced, H2S-Guard, a system that monitors, controls and protects against odor and corrosion in sewage networks. The system consists of H2S measurement devices that are placed in the sewer system to...
June 4, 2008
A consortium of water leaders announced the formation of The Water Policy Institute.  Chaired by former EPA administrator and New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, the Institute will address water-related issues and provide information to the public through its website.  Kathy Robb, a partner in the Resources, Regulatory and Environmental Law practice at the law firm Hunton & Williams...
May 19, 2008
Drax Group plc (, a power generation business, and Alstom (Paris, France;, a global leader in power generation technology, have today announced the signing of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, of some £50 million, between Drax Power Ltd. (Drax; and Alstom Power Ltd. to build the main processing works associated...
May 15, 2008
A process in which sulfur is extracted from natural gas in the field and converted to sulfur dioxide, which is then injected into the gas reservoir and reacts with hydrogen sulfide in situ to produce elemental sulfur, has been developed by Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.; and Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd. (Calgary, Alta.; The partners have formed a...
May 15, 2008
  Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an area of technology that has received national and international attention. CCS is seen by some as a way to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the atmosphere and thereby decrease the threat of global warming. Consequently, proponents have increased pressure on state and federal governments to make such reductions mandatory. Although the benefits of CCS...
May 15, 2008
    U.S. petroleum companies are investing in new domestic refining capacity on a scale not seen in decades. Over the next five years the industry will add more than one million bbl/d of distillation capacity (see table), according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA, Washington D.C.; "It’s a step change in expansion,"...
May 15, 2008
Verenium Corp. (formerly Celunol; Cambridge, Mass.; is starting up a 1.4-million gal/yr demonstration-scale facility at Jennings, La., which will produce ethanol from regional feedstocks (including sugarcane bagasse and specially bred "energy cane") via proprietary cellulosic-ethanol technology. The technology was originally developed at the...
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