Another use for ethanol

While I was at the NPRA convention in San Antonio, Texas over the past couple of days, I interviewed Jose Carlos Grubisich president, Braskem, he’s examining a technology that will convert ethanol into polyethylene, which is used in a range of things from shopping bags to cable ties.

Its likely to be a niche technology though, and will probably depend on the cost of ethanol remaining pretty low compared with other alternatives like refinery derived feedstocks. I’m aiming to post a short podcast of the interview with him before the end of the week. I’ll let you know when.

Sorry I’ve been so remiss about posting to the blog recently, I found concentrating on another part of my job, which has been sadly neglected: Web TV. It is surprising how long it takes to produce a couple of minutes of viewable TV… so that’s why there’s not been much posting. You can check out what I’ve been up to at http://www.icis.com/tv/tv. It’ll give you the opportunity to see what our cartoonist had to work on. I think he did a good job.

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