Bayer moves into test phase for new chlorine production technology

31 May 2012 16:18  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany's Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) is in the test phase for its new production technology for chlorine which it plans to licence to other producers, it said on Thursday.

The technology, known as the oxygen depolarized cathode process, can cut energy consumption by at least 30% and is being developed in collaboration with German engineering group Thyssenkrupp Uhde.

BMS said it has been operating a demonstration plant at the Chempark Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany site since May 2011.

Tony Van Osselaer, member of the board of management of BMS said: “If the new method were used everywhere in Germany, for instance, the energy consumption of the entire country could be reduced by one percentage point."

BMS also said today it is nearing completion of the conversion of its chlorine facility at Krefeld-Uerdingen to membrane technology. European chlorine producers have a voluntary agreement to discontinue mercury-based production by 2020.

With a production capacity of around 1.9m tonnes/year, BMS is one of the world’s largest chlorine producers. Bayer produces chlorine at four sites in Germany, one in the US and one in China.

By: Will Beacham
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