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Sekisui Chemical forms JV to commercialize waste-to-ethanol technology

Sekisui Chemical Co. (Osaka, Japan; www.sekisuichemical.com) and INCJ, Ltd. have established a joint venture (JV) called Sekisui Bio Refinery Co. Ltd. with the aim of verification and commercialization of the technology converting combustible waste into ethanol using the microbial catalyst…

Ineos and Plastic Energy to construct advanced recycling plant

Ineos (London; www.ineos.com) and Plastic Energy announced a collaboration on the construction of a new plant to convert waste plastic into raw materials to make new plastic. Production of the new facility would be targeted for the end of 2023.…

BASF and Security Matters to partner on traceability of recycled plastics

Security Matters, Ltd. and BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) have signed a binding joint development agreement to develop solutions for plastics traceability and circularity. Plastics, with unique characteristics and when used properly, contribute to a more sustainable and resource efficient…

Michelin and Enviro partner to scale up tire-recycling technology

With a focus on recycling used tires, Michelin (Clermont-Ferrand, France; www.michelin.com) has announced a partnership with Swedish start-up company Enviro, which has developed a technology to modify the chemical composition and physical phase of the pneumatic material during the pyrolysis…

Carbios and TechnipFMC to build demonstration plant for enzymatic PET recycling

Carbios (St-Beauzire, France; www.carbios.fr) and TechnipFMC (Houston; www.technipfmc.com), announced that TechnipFMC’s operating center in Lyon, France will be assisting Carbios to build a plant that demonstrates Carbios’ Enzymatic Recycling Process. The technology uses proprietary enzymes to recycle waste PET (polyethylene…

Asahi Kasei starts up world-scale electrolysis system to generate hydrogen in Fukushima

Earlier this month, Asahi Kasei (Tokyo, Japan; www.asahi-kasei.co.jp) and its subsidiary Asahi Kasei Engineering Corp. started up hydrogen supply at the alkaline-water electrolysis system in Namie, Futaba, Fukushima, Japan. This system boasts a world-leading scale of 10 MW. Asahi Kasei…

Siemens and Uniper join forces for renewable hydrogen project

Uniper SE (Düsseldorf, Germany; www.uniper.energy) and Siemens Gas and Power signed a cooperation agreement for the development of projects on the decarbonization of power generation and promoting sector coupling. It extends the long-standing partnership between the two companies. It is…

Chiyoda and Mitsubishi join consortium for Singapore’s hydrogen economy

Chiyoda Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; www.chiyodacorp.com)  has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with 5 Singaporean companies, City Gas  Ltd., Jurong Port Ltd., PSA International Ltd., Sembcorp Industries Ltd., Singapore LNG Corp., together with Mitsubishi Corp., to collaborate toward a…

A Push for ‘Green’ Crackers

Today’s steam crackers are bigger than ever — those of tomorrow might be carbon neutral Steam cracking is a key process of the petrochemical industry, whereby naphtha or other petroleum-based feedstock is thermally broken down (cracked) into smaller building-block compounds,…

Integrated power-to-fuel project underway in Europe

The Power-to-Fuel project, led by Liquid Wind (Gothenburg, Sweden; www.liquidwind.se), will establish commercial-scale renewable fuel facilities. The Consortium (consisting of Axpo, COWI, Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe, Nel Hydrogen and Siemens) will combine their expertise and technology to produce liquid,…