A lot changed in this industry since September 2000 and one of them is the development in new glycerine application.
According to gas company Linde, they were able to make a sustainable production of hydrogen using the biodiesel byproduct glycerine. The company plans to build a demonstration plant this year in their Leuna, Germany, chemical site.
The plant is expected to come on stream in mid-2010. The "green" hydrogen from the site will initially be used in centers such as Berlin and Hamburg for fuel, according to Linde.
Here are other glycerine updates that I recently came across:
- A bird tweeted to me that Dow Chemical is still producing its Optim synthetic glycerine at its Stade, Germany, plant. Dow almost exited the synthetic glycerine market but changed its mind because of its vital use in the pharma industry.
- Archer Daniels Midland's construction of its glycerine-based 100,000 metric tonne propylene glycol facility in Decatur, Ill., is ongoing. Once the facility is complete, ADM said it will be the only producer of renewable propylene glycol that meets United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards.
- Huntsman launched its glycerine carbonate for use as a reactive intermediate and as a solvent. It can be polymerized or reacted with isocyanates or acrylates for applications in coatings, adhesives and lubricants.
- ICIS News* said Dow Chemical is still mulling on its long-term strategy in producing glycerine-based propylene glycol. If Dow decided to build a facility, it would be worldscale in size equating to 50,000-100,000 tonnes/year, according to the company.
- ICIS News* also reported today that US glycerine producer Twin Rivers is planning to layoff some of its top management. The company started its new glycerine refinery last fall.