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July 1, 2007
A dehydration process — which uses about half the energy required by thermal methods for drying brown coal or sludge — is being developed by the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (Tokyo, Japan; edlinks.che.com/6897-532). The process uses liquefied dimethyl ether (DME) as the dehydrating agent, taking advantage of the ether’s properties: namely, DME has a low boiling...
http://www.che.com/news/Liquified-DME-cuts-energy-costs-for-dehydrating-solids_3283.html
July 1, 2007
Hydrogen is produced directly from biomass and other carbonaceous materials, with simultaneous capture of carbon dioxide, in a process being developed by Energy Quest, Inc. (Edmonton, Alta., Canada; edlinks.che.com/6897-533). In the PyStR (pyrolytic steam reforming) process, crushed or shredded feedstock and steam are fed directly into a circulating bed of calcium oxide. The fuel is pyrolized at about...
http://www.che.com/news/This-pyrolysis-process-coproduces-hydrogen-and-carbon-dioxide_3284.html
July 1, 2007
Global Resource Corp. (GRC; West Berlin, N.J.; edlinks.che.com/6897-534) is commercializing a technology that converts auto shredder residue (ASR) into combustible gases, liquid fuels and scrap metal using microwaves. The use of microwaves to achieve this goal has been attempted in the past, but GRC is one of the first to succeed at an economically viable level, says GRC’s chief engineer Hawk Hogan. Unil...
http://www.che.com/news/An-emissions-free-recycling-machine-that-converts-auto-scrap-into-fuel_3285.html
July 1, 2007
Paques B.V. (Balk, Netherlands; edlinks.che.com/6897-535) has developed a cost-effective biological process (flowsheet) for removing phosphates and nitrogen from wastewater. The first commercial installation to use the new process officially opened last month at Aviko (Steenseren, Netherlands), where it is treating 3,000 m3/d of wastewater from potato processing. The plant is owned and operated by...
http://www.che.com/news/A-commercial-debut-for-a-new-process-that-removes-phosphates-and-nitrogen-from-wastewater_3286.html
July 1, 2007
Max Planck Innovation GmbH (Garching by Munich; edlinks.che.com/6897-536), the technology transfer agency of the Max Planck Society, has signed a co-exclusive license agreement with Leica Microsystems (Wetzlar) and Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH (Göttingen, all Germany) for the RESOLFT (reversible saturable optical fluorescence transitions) technology, a method for providing molecular-scale resolution...
http://www.che.com/news/German-scientists-overcome-100-year-old-law-of-physics_3287.html
July 1, 2007
Techno Bank Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan; edlinks.che.com/6897-537) has developed a new supply, storage, and transport system for safely handling a high capacity of hydrogen in fuel-cell applications. The system — a cassette containing nano-sized powder of magnesium hydride (MgH₂) — is said to be safer than alternatives, such as insulated cylinders of liquid H₂ at 700 bar. Other methods being...
http://www.che.com/news/Putting-MgH2-in-your-fuel-tank_3288.html
July 1, 2007
Linde Gas (Murray Hill, N.J.; edlinks.che.com/6897-538) and partners have developed a high-pressure gas-delivery system that allows coating powders to be sprayed using liquid nitrogen at temperatures that do not melt the powder particles. The system has been optimized to support a new, cold spray gun technology, called Kinetiks 4000, manufactured by CGT GmbH (Ampfing, Germany). Such a system is being...
http://www.che.com/news/Cold-spray-coatings_3289.html
July 1, 2007
What is billed as the world’s first plant to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) from landfill gas is now being commissioned in Irvine, Calif., by Prometheus Energy Company (Seattle, Wash.; edlinks.che.com/6897-540). The first module is expected to reach its capacity of around 5,000 gal/d (about 750 scf/min of gas) by fall, says Dan Clarkson, vice-president. Other modules will be added later to use...
http://www.che.com/news/Landfill-yields-LNG-for-vehicle-fuel_3290.html
July 1, 2007
Basell (Hoofddorp, Netherlands; edlinks.che.com/6897-541), a global leader in polyolefins’ technology, production and marketing, and Huntsman Corp. (Salt Lake City...
http://www.che.com/news/Basell-Huntsman_3291.html
July 1, 2007
At the end of May, Teijin Twaron B.V. (Arnhem, Netherlands; edlinks.che.com/6897-543) opened a new pilot-production plant for producing a new generation of Twaron para-aramides pulp using a new jet-spinning process. The company did not disclose process...
http://www.che.com/news/Jet-spinning_3292.html
July 1, 2007
Today, nearly all car tires in Europe are equipped with treads consisting of silica-silane technology. Such so-called green tires are made with the help of bifunctional organic silicon compounds (organosilanes) to...
http://www.che.com/news/Green-tires_3293.html
July 1, 2007
Last month, Rautaruukki Raahe Mills (Finland) started constructing a new pilot-scale acid-regeneration plant...
http://www.che.com/news/Acid-regeneration_3294.html
July 1, 2007
The ST 3000 Pressure Transmitter line from Honeywell International, Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.; edlinks.che.com/6897-546) is said to be the process industries’ first to support HART 6...
http://www.che.com/news/Interoperability_3295.html
July 1, 2007
    While statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS; Washington, D.C.; www.bls.gov) and trends reported by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Arlington, Va.; www.americanchemistry.com) suggest chemical engineers seeking work may be singing the blues, chemical processors and chemical engineering professors are belting out a very different tune. According to BLS’s 2000 to...
http://www.che.com/news/Happy-Days-are-Here-Again_3328.html
July 1, 2007
    Deregulation of market pricing structures, increased oil-and-gas exploration and drilling costs, fierce competition, and new regulatory requirements have all influenced today’s trend toward quality flow-measurement methodologies. Not only is volume a consideration, but so is the inherent value of the product being measured. From high-value process streams found in the pharmaceutical...
http://www.che.com/news/Flowmeters-Meet-Modern-Challenges_3329.html
July 1, 2007
Plant Watch BP, ABF and DuPont unveil $400-million investment in U.K. biofuels June 26, 2007 — BP, Associated British Foods (ABF) and DuPont announced investment plans of about $400 million, for the construction of a bioethanol plant alongside a demonstration plant to advance development work on the next generation of biofuels. The bioethanol plant, in which BP and ABF subsidiary British Sugar would...
http://www.che.com/news/July-Plant-Watch-and-Mergers_3408.html
June 1, 2007
    Bringing recognition to high-quality chemical engineering performance has been a priority for this magazine since its founding more than 105 years ago. To signify this, Chemical Engineering will present its Kirkpatrick Award for Chemical Engineering  Achievement at a gala dinner on October 29, 2007.   The Award has been bestowed since the early 1930s. Beginning 1959, its name has...
http://www.che.com/news/Honoring-Innovation_3139.html
June 1, 2007
    NORTH AMERICA Piping Design and Analysis Seminar. SST Systems, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.). Phone: 408-452-8111; Fax: 408-452-8388; Web: sstusa.com San Jose, Calif. June 26–28   A&WMA 2007 Annual Conference. Air &Waste Management Assn. (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Phone: 412-232-3444; Fax: 412-232-3450; Web: awma.org Pittsburgh, Pa. June 26–29   AACE 51st Annual Meeting. AACE...
http://www.che.com/news/Calendar-June_3178.html
June 1, 2007
  A high-shear reactor that is said to accelerate chemical reaction rates by up to three orders of magnitude will get its first commercial tryout in the production of biodiesel fuel. Kreido Biofuels, Inc. (Camarillo, Calif.; kreido.com), the reactor's developer, will shortly start up a unit for Foothills Bio-Energies (Lenoir, N.C.; edlinks.che.com/6896-531), where it will add 1 million gal/yr to the...
http://www.che.com/news/High-speed-reactor-willspin-out-biodiesel-fuel_3263.html
June 1, 2007
Kobe Steel Ltd. (Kobelco; Tokyo; edlinks.che.com/6896-532) has developed a process to recover hydrogen from methane steam reformers with purity that is sufficiently high for use in fuel cells. The key to the process is a proprietary carbon-monoxide adsorbent for H₂ pressure-swing adsorption (PSA), which Kobelco developed jointly with Kansai Coke and Chemicals Co. (Amagasaki, Japan). In conventional PSA...
http://www.che.com/news/A-new-PSA-process-to-recover-high-purity-H2-from-steam-reformers_3264.html
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