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Evolving Demand and Feed Profiles Challenge Refiners

Trends related to the energy transition are shifting global demand for refined products and affecting feedstock slates, forcing petroleum refiners to embrace adaptation and flexibility Demand for fossil fuels has remained strong in the years after the COVID-19 pandemic, but…

Regulating air emissions

There have been several recent announcements regarding regulatory changes that affect the chemical process industries (CPI). One of the latest is a set of final rules announced on April 9 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; www.epa.gov) that significantly…

Disclosing climate risks

Last month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC; www.sec.gov) finalized rules [1] that require registrants to disclose information about climate-related risks in their annual reports and registration statements. Recognizing that climate-related risks can affect a company’s business and financial…

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Production and Demand Challenges for ‘Green’ Hydrogen

Burgeoning demand for hydrogen to support decarbonization goals is straining existing supply chains for industrial gases and prompting companies to adapt quickly to the emerging net-zero-carbon economy The increasing use of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier is causing a…

Recently published books for April 2024

The following list is a selection of recently published books that may have relevance for parts of the chemical process industries (CPI):  Processing of Biomass Waste: Technological Upgradation and Advancement. Edited by Angana Sarkar and Ulla Lassi, Elsevier Press, March…

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A new project targeting emissions-free pulping

The Emission Free Pulping program aims to significantly reduce biomass burning and increase the product yield of wood material used for pulping from approximately 50 to around 70%. The five-year, €15-million program is jointly led by VTT Technical Research Centre…

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Upcycling polyethylene into thermoplastic polyurethane

A first-of-its-kind plastics-recycling technology is being demonstrated in a new pilot plant in India. Novoloop (Menlo Park, Calif.; www.novoloop.com), in partnership with Aether Industries (Gujarat, India; www.aether.co.in), is developing an integrated pilot plant to scale up Novoloop’s Lifecycling technology, which…

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Facts At Your Fingertips: NOx Formation in Combustion

Oxides of nitrogen (NOx) are a family of highly reactive gases that can be produced naturally, but largely result from fuel combustion (industrial combustion and automobile engines). In the environment, they are pollutants that react with volatile organic compounds in…

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Electrical Safety: NFPA 70B is a Driving Force for Resilience and Reliability

A new industry standard relating to the safe operation of electrical equipment can help manufacturers transition from an irregular maintenance schedule to a safer, more prescriptive regimen We used to need to change our motor oil every 3,000 miles. The…

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The Ten Most Common Laboratory Ventilation Mistakes

A laboratory ventilation system that does not work effectively may not keep personnel safe and can produce significant adverse impacts on operations Laboratory personnel treat their ventilation systems as a given. They expect them to be designed right, to always…