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October 1, 2006
The first demonstration of a new high-temperature-superconducting cable was started last month in Columbus, Ohio. The new triax cable - said to provide three times more power-distribution capacity while...
September 1, 2006
Brown coal accounts for about half the world’s coal reserves. Although it contains less ash and sulfur than bituminous, brown coal contains more water, which reduces its heating value. To take advantage of this “greener” source of fuel, Kobe Steel Ltd. (Tokyo; has developed the upgraded brown coal (UBC) process, which increases the heat value of standard brown...
September 1, 2006
QuestAir Technologies Inc. (Vancouver, B.C.; has received a CDN$2.2-million order from ExxonMobil (Houston, Tex.) for the construction of a prototype H-6200 hydrogen purifier to be demonstrated at an ExxonMobil petroleum refinery. The H-6200 is based on QuestAir’s proprietary Rapid-Cycle, pressure-swing-adsorption (PSA)...
September 1, 2006
Lurgi AG (Frankfurt; and the Karlsruhe Research Center (both Germany; have signed a cooperation contract to construct a pilot plant for producing liquid fuels from biomass. As the first of three steps, Lurgi will build a €3.76-million pyrolysis plant that makes bio-crude oil — an intermediate for making biofuels...
September 1, 2006
This fall, Asahi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (Tokyo;, plans to start up a 70,000-m.t./yr plant for producing acrylonitrile (AN) at its 100% subsidiary Tongsuh Petrochemical Corporation Ltd., (Ulsan, South Korea). The plant will be a renovation of an existing facility, which made AN using the conventional propylene-based (ammoxidation) process, into one that uses...
September 1, 2006
Last month, DynaMotive Energy Systems Corp. (Vancouver, B.C., Canada; announced the successful completion of an industrial-scale test burn of its BioOil as a replacement for...
September 1, 2006
At the end of July, Renewable Capital Ltd. (London, U.K.; and Konarka Technologies, Inc. (Lowell, Mass.; entered a...
August 1, 2006
This month, New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO; Kawasaki, Japan;, together with two companies from China, began testing a coal-liquefaction process in a 100-kg/d pilot facility at the Coal Research Center (Beijing, China). The two Chinese firms plan to build a 3,000-m.t./d plant in China in 2010. NEDO recently completed tests of its so-called...
August 1, 2006
JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; has finalized a Principal Agreement for the process design, development and further collaboration with Arkenol, Inc. (Orange, Calif.; for a plant to produce bioethanol from cellulose. The plant, to be located in Orange...
August 1, 2006
Last month, Expander Energy Inc. (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; licensed the Carbo-V process from Choren Industries GmbH (Freiberg, Germany...
August 1, 2006
    Heat transfer takes place in every plant in the chemical process industries (CPI), and in a significant proportion of individual equipment items. And of the many varieties of heat exchanger, shell-and-tube versions must surely be the most traditional. Doyle & Roth Mfg. Co. Inc. (New York) has been serving the process industries since 1932, and supplies a full range of shell-and-tube...
August 1, 2006
Forza fuel-cell power module, constructed by Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.; and installed by Uhdenora S.p.A. (Milan, Italy;, has started operating at the chlorate...
August 1, 2006
BP Solar (Frederick; Md.; has developed a new silicon growth process that is said to significantly increase the cell efficiency over traditional...
July 1, 2006
  These thermocouples can handle the pressure The new generation of TC921 and 924 thermocouples (photo) enables safe and reliable plant control in applications involving excessive pressure, such as for production of plastics. For example, the high-pressure production of polyethylene involves temperatures of approximately 650°C and pressures up to 4,500 bar. For handling such extremes, the...
July 1, 2006
Vibrations from rotating equipment are routinely analyzed for condition monitoring. Now, the vibrational energy can also be “harvested” and used to power wireless and battery-free devices capable of sending large amounts of data from industrial equipment, using a microgenerator developed at the University of Southampton (U.K.; and commercialized by Perpetuum Ltd...
June 1, 2006
Last month, Clyvia Technology GmbH (Wegberg, Germany;, a fully owned subsidiary of Clyvia Inc. (Las Vegas, Nev.), was granted a German...
June 1, 2006
Alfa Laval AB (Lund, Sweden; has developed a new reactor system, called Alfa Laval Plate Reactors (trademarked as ART), which combines the high-heat-transfer capabilities of plate heat exchangers with the efficient mixing and reaction control typical of microreactors into a single unit. Because of the high heat and mass transfer achieved in the system, the working inventory of...
May 1, 2006
Continuously measure chlorine in water The Model TCL (photo, upper left) is a complete system for the measurement of total chlorine in water. Comprised of a sample conditioning system, an analyzer and a sensor, this system provides continuous measurement and was designed to minimize maintenance requirements and operating costs. The sample conditioning system continuously injects a solution of acetic acid...
May 1, 2006
Researchers at Penn State University’s (University Park, Pa.; Energy Institute are developing a jet fuel that is composed of at least 50% bituminous coal. The fuel, provisionally...
May 1, 2006
Over the next four years, EnvoSmart Technologies B.V. (Roosendaal, Netherlands; plans to install 31 ThermoFuel systems throughout Europe for converting plastic waste into low-sulfur diesel fuel. The first six systems are to be located near Berlin, Germany, where they will produce 38 million L/yr of diesel from 42,000 m.t./yr of plastic when started up in mid 2007. Subsequent...
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