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A new business unit for UOP

By Chemical Engineering |

Last month, UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6519-544) established a new business unit — Renewable Energy and Chemicals — dedicated to introducing new technology for processing renewable energy sources in existing or new petroleum refineries around the world. The new unit will accelerate UOP’s already existing efforts to develop profitable ways that refineries can use UOP technology to convert biofeedstocks, such as vegetable oils, greases and certain waste products, into fuels and chemicals. Already in 2004 UOP identified a number of opportunities for biorenewables in refineries, in a study funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE; Washington, D.C.). For example, the study showed that UOP’s technologies can be used to convert vegetable oils to high-cetane diesel fuel; this sustainable technology is expected to be commercially available early next year, says the firm.  
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