Green car inside out

Preceding ICIS Chemical Business’ automotive feature on October 5, here’s a glimpse of some of the green technologies being developed (and commercialized) by chemical companies for the automobile industry.

DuPont just announced today that its joint venture company DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products now have the approval of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) for the use of its 100% renewably-sourced Susterra® propanediol (PDO) as a base coolant for all automobile coolant systems.

The corn sugar-based PDO is said to consume 40% less energy and reduces 56% in greenhouse gas in its production compared to the petroleum-based product.

“Production of 100 million pounds of Susterra® can save the energy equivalent of 10 million gallons of gasoline per year. Susterra® is also certified as readily biodegradable based on an Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Guideline Test for Biodegradation,” says Ron Rawlins, business development manager, DuPont Tate & Lyle.

The approval, according to Rawlins, offers coolant manufacturers and suppliers an alternative glycol coolant base that functions effectively to provide protection against freezing, boiling, corrosion and cavitation.

Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), meanwhile, said that they have already developed plant-based biodegradable additives for auto lubricants and greases. The bio-additives are said to be suitable for use in formulating greases; engine oils; and hydraulic, transmission and drilling fluids.

U.S. demand for additives, according to the USDA, is already at nearly 2 billion pounds/year and is expected to increase 2%/year for the next five years.

Maybe that’s why bio-lubricant/additives and green motor oil products manufacturer Green Earth Technologies have been busy developing and launching new products. GET said their products have passed the qualification tests and warranty requirements for Robin America, Inc.’s Subaru Engines for their 4-Cycle G-OIL(TM) green engine oil.

Lubricants marketer Parman Lubricants said they are now offering recycled motor oil in Tennessee produced by Safety-Kleen. The green motor oils called EcoPower has been used by state trooper cruisers, military combat vehicles and emergency vehicles for years, according to Safety-Kleen.

The company said it has collected more than 225 million gallons of used oil and recycled 145 million of it into base oil products for re-use in the marketplace.

The blog also recently posted about the growing use of biobased car parts from the BIO Industrial biotech conference in July. Check out last year’s ICB automotive feature as well!

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2 Responses to Green car inside out

  1. unparalled60 5 September, 2009 at 5:43 am #

    if i were to choose between green cars and gas guzzlers, then i’ll surely pick green ones.

  2. Jose 8 September, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    It seems someone will have to pay decades in advance all these future offerings. All I read is that they will be competitors against oil traditional products and energies, but they never appoint one price. Wanna see/hear NOW PLS

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