I just finished an alternative energy article featuring chemical companies that contribute on making clean energy technologies more affordable. Companies included in my interviews were Dow Chemical, Rohm and Haas, Air Products, Evonik, and Dow Corning.
Here are some of what they said regarding chemistry and alternative energy:
"While energy is crucial to the chemical industry, the business of chemistry is essential to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Chemistry makes possible energy-saving products including building insulation, lightweight vehicle parts, thin-film solar panels and wind turbines." - Rich Wells, Dow Chemical.
"The chemical industry is playing a vital role in alternative energy by providing critical materials used today and through cutting-edge R&D that will drive growth tomorrow." - Eric Peeters, Dow Corning.
"Innovation is the key for advanced technology and broad application of alternative energy." - Matt Moynihan, Rohm and Haas.
"How do you capture the energy from solar, wind and geothermal? The answer is hydrogen." - Norma Curby, Air Products.
"We see the chemical industry as a solution-provider. Top-notch, high-tech products are essential to solving environment and climate problems." - Thomas Bates, Evonik Degussa.DuPont ignored my request for an interview and BASF was unable to catch up to my deadline but instead the company just released their new podcast about the role of chemistry in wind energy. You can hear more about it in this link. Perhaps they should offer some of their innovative chemistry to ensure alien-proof wind turbines??
ICIS Chemical Business will publish its Energy-featured magazine next week Monday.