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January 1, 2007
Exelus Inc. (Livingston, N.J.; has demonstrated the performance of its ExSact solid-acid alkylation process, having achieved over 1,000 hours of pilot-plant operation on an untreated MTBE raffinate feedstock. The pilot-plant testing was performed to prove the robustness of the ExSact catalyst to common feedstock poisons, such as oxygenates, diolefins and nitriles, to furnish the...
January 1, 2007
Subsidiaries of Shell Oil Co. (Houston, Tex.; and Codexis, Inc. (Redwood City, Calif....
January 1, 2007
    A wake-up call for plant maintenance The new Simatic Teleservice Adaptor IE (photo) facilitates cost-effective remote maintenance of machinery and plants. In acute service cases or emergencies, an email can be sent via the device. The engineer then scans the plant status via remote connection and carries out modifications. A new version of the adapter with Industrial-Ethernet interface has...
January 1, 2007
With the aim to commercialize a new process for making solar-cell grade (SOG) silicon, Chisso Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; is negotiating the possibility of establishing a joint-venture company with Nippon Mining Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo) and Toho Titanium Co., Ltd. (Chigasaki, both Japan). Chisso plants to begin conformation tests of the process this year. The Chisso SOG-Si (CSS)...
January 1, 2007
    November 17 was the deadline for states to submit their plans for the control of mercury emissions from power plants to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Washington D.C.;, but mercury-control processes are already being commercialized. The Institute of Clean Air Companies (ICAC, Washington D.C.; reports that its members have booked contracts for mercury-control...
December 1, 2006
At Glasstec 2006 (Düsseldorf, Germany; October 24–28), the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC; Würzburg, Germany...
December 1, 2006
A medium-temperature pyrolysis process that coproduces coal-tar oil and an upgraded coal-char fuel from low-rank coals is being developed by Convert Coal, Inc. (CCI, Mission Viejo, Calif.; The SynCrude-Syncoal (SC2) process was described by CCI president Ebbe Skov at the recent Symposium on Western Fuels in Denver, Colorado. The process is applicable to most low-sulfur, low-rank...
December 1, 2006
Shanxi Jincheng Anthracite Coal Mining Co. Ltd. (China) has contracted Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; to engineer and supply a methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) plant. The unit will be part of a pilot-scale complex being constructed at Jincheng, Shanxi Provence — about 600 km southwest of Beijing — that includes a fluidized-bed...
December 1, 2006
Although there has been big surge in biodiesel production recently, such fuels are not without problems of their own, such as low mileage, poor performance at lower temperatures, and adverse effects on engine components. Also, the production process for making biodiesel — the methyl esterification of fatty acids derived from vegetable oils (such as palm and rapeseed)...
December 1, 2006
Mascoma Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.; has raised $30 million in its second round of Venture funding — led by General Catalyst Partners (Cambridge, Mass.) — to further develop a new way to make bioethanol from cellulose. Mascoma aims...
December 1, 2006
American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio; Columbus) plans to use the emissions-control technology of Powerspan Corp. (Portsmouth, N.H.; on the proposed AMO Generating Station Project. The project — a 1,000 MW pulverized-coal power...
November 1, 2006
Last September, on-specification, polymer-grade ethylene was produced by the first grassroots unit to utilize an ethylene recovery technology that was jointly developed by ABB Lummus Global (Bloomfield, N.J.; and the China Petroleum &...
November 1, 2006
    The dramatic jump in petroleum and natural gas prices over the recent years has created much impetus to reduce operating costs at chemical process plants. In processes that use either oil or gas for feedstock, such reduction can come either from improved energy-usage methods or from yield improvements. In either case, the plant's steam resource is often a primary provider of heat or...
November 1, 2006
    Energy consciousness and environmental awareness have transformed condensate from an inexpensive byproduct of steam distribution to a valuable resource that can substantially reduce operating costs. For process systems that use steam as the heat transfer media, improved condensate management can enhance the overall system performance and longevity. Condensate is a ready-made supply of...
November 1, 2006
Last month, Thai Oleochemicals Company Ltd. (TOL; Bangkok, Thailand) and Thai Fatty Alcohols Company Ltd. signed a contract with Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; for the construction of an integrated plant for making 200,000 m.t./yr of methyl ester, 100,000 m.t./yr fatty alcohols and 30,000 m.t./yr of glycerine from palm oil. The methyl ester plant is slated to start up next October...
November 1, 2006
  A promising method for producing hydrogen involves the gasification of biomass with steam. To enhance the concentration of Hâ‚‚ in the ensuing mixture of combustible gases, a carbon dioxide sorbent can be used in situ; calcium oxide is commonly used. A research team from the Laboratory for Sustainable Technology, at the University of Sydney’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering...
November 1, 2006
Last month, China’s third largest oil company, CNOOC, and Choren Industries GmbH (Freiberg, Germany; launched a new joint venture — Choren-CNOOC Beijing Gasification...
November 1, 2006
Over the last three years, DuPont (Wilmington, Del.; has been developing technology to break down the complex sugar matrix of corn stover as a means for making ethanol from cellulose in high yield. Although there is more research to be completed, the company is ready to take the next step to bring cellulosic ethanol to market...
November 1, 2006
  Large reductions in the emission of pollutants have been reported in the operation of a novel type of municipal solid-waste treatment plant. A group from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Dept. of Chemical Engineering ( has reported test results recently conducted on a municipal-solid-waste (MSW), co-combustion pilot plant — a novel design...
October 1, 2006
    The process industries are extensive users of energy. But it is now clearly established that a large amount of this energy is wasted, essentially in the form of heat rejected to the environment through gaseous or liquid effluents. The temperature level of this heat makes it of no use by the process; and at the same time, in many cases, it cannot be economically upgraded. Examples of...
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