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March 19, 2008
BASF AG (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec; Beijing, China; www.sinopec.com.cn) have submitted the technical and commercial feasibility study for the approval of the planned $900-million expansion of their joint chemical Verbund site in Nanjing to the Chinese government. The site is operated by the joint venture BASF-YPC Co...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/germany/BASFSinopec-ponder-expansion-of-Nanjing-site_3754.html
March 15, 2008
Despite challenges created by a building frenzy in the Middle East and Asia, E&C firms continue to deliver new chemical facilities around the world Anyone with an ear to the door of the chemical process industries (CPI) knows that the rising cost of raw materials is forcing processors to chase the cheap feedstocks. The relatively low price of oil and natural gas is making plant investments in the...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/Newsfront-Braving-the-Building-Boom_3716.html
March 15, 2008
Fuel cells and hydrogen economy are inevitably used in the same breath when talking about clean power and ways to wean us from our addiction to carbon-based fuels. That’s because H2 -based fuel cells make electricity and heat with only water in the exhaust. Unfortunately, realistic assessments of the current situation conclude that it will be awhile — perhaps decades — before hydrogen...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/Newsfront-Fuel-Cells-Move-into-the-CPI-Plant_3717.html
March 15, 2008
European Union (EU) proposals for emissions trading and renewable energy will hurt chemical producers unfairly, according to Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council (Brussels; www.cefic.be). Without world agreement on emissions trading, a one-sided restriction could even harm Europe’s ability to reduce its own emissions, Cefic says. Any new trading system for Europe would therefore have to be...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/Europe-Special-Advertising-Section-2008_3725.html
March 15, 2008
Scientists from the Center Biology at University College Dublin (Ireland; edlinks.che.com/7370-576) and the University of Bologna (Italy; edlinks.che.com/7370-577) have developed an enzymatic process that can be applied to the synthesis of...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/Chementator-Chiral-synthesis_3746.html
March 15, 2008
An automated and precise powder dispenser Intended for distributing resins from reservoirs into reactors, reaction blocks, and microplates, The REDI automated powder-dispensing platform (photo) is available in several configurations. These include: the REDI super, which distributes powder samples from 100 mg to 100 g with ±2% accuracy; the REDI plus, a powder pipette suited for distributing a solid...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Focus-on-Bulk-Solids-Storage-Handling-and-Packaging_3721.html
March 15, 2008
Scientists at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Chilton, Didcot, U.K.; edlinks.che.com/7370-573) have developed a laser-based method for the characterization of the bulk-chemical content of pharmaceutical capsules — without opening the capsules. In...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Chementator-Non-invasive-detector_3744.html
March 15, 2008
Although nanoporous silica membranes are promising systems for the molecular separation of gases and liquids, they lack microstructural stability in the presence of water at temperatures as low as 60°C. Prolonged exposure to water causes hydrolysis, resulting in the formation of large, non-selective pores and cracks in the membrane. On the other hand, polymeric membranes are less prone to damage by...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/netherlands/Chementator-A-promising-nanosieve-for-dehydrating-solvents-and-biofuels_3739.html
March 15, 2008
The behavior of many different phenomena can be modeled by systems of ordinary differential equations (ODEs), but most ODEs cannot be solved analytically, in which case an approximation to the solution is found by applying numerical integration methods. Dutch-sponsored mathematician Valeriu Savcenco has developed new "multirate" numerical methods that can significantly reduce the CPU time and...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/netherlands/Chementator-New-methods-for-solving-differential-equations_3742.html
March 15, 2008
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE; Freiburg, Germany; edlinks.che.com/7370-575) have developed a solar-cell prototype that is semi-transparent, color-tunable and (thus far) resistant to weather degradation. A "classical Grätzel cell" according to Andreas Gombert head of Fraunhofer’s Materials Research and Applied Optics department, the prototype is...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Chementator-Gratzel-cell_3745.html
March 15, 2008
Henkel KGaA (Düsseldorf, Germany; edlinks.che.com/7370-581) has developed a new generation of plasticizer-free dispersion adhesives called Adhesin A 78 — a copolymer system whose formulation...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Chementator-Phthalate-free-glue_3749.html
March 15, 2008
Rohm and Haas Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.; edlinks.che.com/7370-578)and Novasep (Nancy, France; edlinks.che.com/7370-579) are forming an exclusive alliance to market and sell...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/france/Chementator-Purifying-glycerol_3747.html
March 11, 2008
PSE Korea, the Korean subsidiary of Process Systems Enterprise (PSE; London, U.K.; www.psenterprise.com), providers of the leading gPROMS advanced-process modeling (APM) software and related services, was officially declared open on 5 March 2008 at the PSE Korea Opening Ceremony in Daejeon, Korea. Speaking at the event, attended by some 70 delegates from Korean industry, research organizations and...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/uk/PSE-Korea-officially-open_3734.html
March 10, 2008
Invensys Process Systems (London; www.invensys.com) have joined ENPPI and GASCO in a joint venture (JV) to create Invensys Process System Egypt the first, “Industrial Automation Engineering Center of Excellence” in the...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/uk/Invensys-signs-Egyptian-JV_3733.html
March 7, 2008
ABB in Norway (www.abb.com) and Metso Automation (Helsinki; www.metsoautomation.com) have reached a mutual agreement regarding joint activities and have signed a memorandum of understanding for future collaboration in the oil and gas industry. The integration of Metso Automation’s flow-control technology with ABB’s automation systems will result in improved safety, reliability...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/finland/Metso-Automation-and-ABB-intensify-cooperation_3710.html
March 5, 2008
Arkema (Colombes, France; www.arkema.com), the world’s third leading hydrogen peroxide producer, announces plans to double production capacity at its Leuna, Germany, site to 80,000 m.t./yr by mid-2010. With this capacity increase, representing a € 40-million investment, Arkema reaffirms its ambition to bolster its position among the world’s leading hydrogen peroxide producers with...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Arkema-doubles-H2O2-capacity-at-Leuna_3706.html
March 4, 2008
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) has been awarded by KNM Process Systems Sdn Bhd a contract to provide assistance in the detailed engineering of the fatty acids methyl ester transesterification unit...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/france/Technip-lands-biodiesel-contract-in-Malaysia_3705.html
February 29, 2008
Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; www.uhde.biz) won two major contracts from the Bulgarian company LUKOIL Neftochim Bourgas AD, part of the Russian petroleum group LUKOIL, to engineer and supply clean-fuels plants for diesel and gasoline desulphurization for its refinery located in Burgas on the Black Sea. The refining plants for the production of low-sulphur fuels have respective capacities of 1.6-million...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/germany/Uhde-wins-clean-fuels-contract-for-Bulgaria_3703.html
February 28, 2008
No manufacturer can calibrate flowmeters more accurately than Endress+Hauser (E+H) Flowtec AG (Reinach, Switzerland; www.endress.com): the company’s new calibration facility sets standards worldwide, the manufacturer claims. “It puts us in a position to satisfy even the highest customer requirements without any compromise whatsoever,” said CEO Dr. Gerhard Jost at the ceremony marking the...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/switzerland/E+H-Flowtec-invests-in-new-calibration-facility_3702.html
February 27, 2008
Royal DSM N.V. (Heerlen, Netherlands; www.dsm.com) has received a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE; Washington, D.C.) for a technical consortium on an innovative biotechnological approach of bioproducts and biofuels. The grant will fund an extensive enzyme-development program, which will focus on finding applications in cellulose-based biorefineries for the production of bio-based products...
http://www.che.com/regions/western_europe/netherlands/DSM-receives-DOE-grant-for-biotechnology-research_3701.html
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