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Saft to install battery energy-storage system for Australian mining site

Saft (Levallois-Perret, France) has provided a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery energy storage system (BESS) is playing a key role in helping Gold Field’s Agnew mine to make the switch from fossil fuels to wind and solar power. In Saft’s first project…

Sibur to launch production of PET using recycled feedstock

Sibur's (Moscow, Russia) Polief site in Blagoveshchensk, Republic of Bashkortostan, has launched the production of green polyethylene terephthalate (PET) granules, which, among other materials, will rely on some 34,000 metric tons of recycled plastics annually. PET flakes derived from used food…

NOVA Chemicals enters new recycling partnership with Merlin Plastics

NOVA Chemicals Corp. (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) announced a long-term agreement with Merlin Plastics Supply Inc., Canada’s largest plastics recycler, to increase the supply of high-quality, post-consumer recyclate (PCR) for consumer packaging. This marks NOVA Chemicals’ entry to the PCR market. “Plastic…

VoltH2 to install 25-MW electrolysis unit for North Sea Port green H2 project

VoltH2 B.V. is preparing to build a green hydrogen plant at the Netherlands’ North Sea Port. VoltH2 has signed a cooperation agreement in preparation of a long-term concession contract with North Sea Port for an industrial plot covering 27,950 m2…

SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall start up the world’s first pilot plant for fossil-free steel

SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall are taking a decisive step toward fossil-free steelmaking with the start-up of HYBRIT’s globally unique pilot plant for the production of fossil-free sponge iron. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven started up the plant together with Isabella…

BASF signs agreements with New Energy for uptake of pyrolysis oil derived from waste tires

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany) signed an uptake supply agreement with New Energy, a technology company specialized in the pyrolysis of waste tires, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. According to the agreement, New Energy will supply BASF with up to 4,000 metric…

New Japanese project targets CO2 and brine utilization

A new project has been selected by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Org. (NEDO; Tokyo, Japan; www.nedo.go.jp) that aims to recover useful salts from desalination brine or seawater, as well as mineralizing CO2 into a useful product. The…

Upcycled silicon improves LIB energy storage

Silicon is seen as a promising alternative to graphite in lithium-ion battery (LIB) anodes, due to its abundance and higher energy-storage capability — silicon is said to store ten times more energy than graphite in LIB applications. However, manufacturing processes…

New fabrication method for fluorine-containing carbon-capture membranes

Recent work by a team of researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; www.ornl.gov) and the University of Tennessee (Knoxville; www.utk.edu) has brought cost-effective, fluorinated carbon molecular-sieve membranes within closer reach. To make the membrane, the researchers…