Andrew Wheeler officially nominated to head EPA

Chemical Watch | January 10, 2019

US President Donald Trump has nominated Andrew Wheeler as head of the EPA. Mr Wheeler has been acting administrator at the agency since July. The previous chief, Scott Pruitt, resigned after a series of scandals last year. Mr Wheeler was deputy administrator at that time, and has filled the leadership role in an acting capacity ever since. President Trump pledged to officially nominate him to the position in November. The Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) will consider the nomination at a 16 January hearing. While the EPA currently has only a skeleton staff due to the partial government shutdown, Congress is fully staffed.

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Dr. Alan Poole, Secretary General of the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) during his visit to ECHA. Mr. Poole describes the activities his organisation is engaged in and the common goals between ECHA and ECETOC in ensuring the best scientific knowledge as a basis for decision-making. Innovative retailers are adopting product chemicals management systems to understand more about the chemical ingredients in the products they sell and to find. Chemicals cycling through Cole Science Centre must be tracked in order to provide proper storage, use safety awareness, and disposal.

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Dr. Alan Poole, Secretary General of the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) during his visit to ECHA. Mr. Poole describes the activities his organisation is engaged in and the common goals between ECHA and ECETOC in ensuring the best scientific knowledge as a basis for decision-making. Innovative retailers are adopting product chemicals management systems to understand more about the chemical ingredients in the products they sell and to find. Chemicals cycling through Cole Science Centre must be tracked in order to provide proper storage, use safety awareness, and disposal.

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FlexCatTM, a New Custom High-Performance Specialty Catalyst Material from Unifrax

Unifrax, Clearlake | April 22, 2021

Unifrax, the main maker of elite strength materials, today presented FlexCat™ by Unifrax, another high-surface territory adaptable media intended to give improved impetus viability expanded yield utilizing less crude materials. For use in power modules, strength gas creation, compound handling, air refinement, and different applications, FlexCat offers catalyzers and modern accomplices better execution, significant expense investment funds, and improved wellbeing for workers. "Unifrax keeps on pursuing its main goal to give greener, cleaner, and more secure answers for our clients and accomplices. FlexCat is a progressive advance forward for modern catalysis that follows through on those three columns" A game-changing answer for strength impetus markets With numerous ventures as of now depending on alumina pellets to drive synergist responses, strength substance organizations frequently wrestle with slowed-down responses as a result of stopped-up materials, huge forthright speculations, and critical space prerequisites. They are likewise compelled to battle with ecologically unsafe discharges. To address these issues, Unifrax has planned a sinewy impetus support arrangement that is multiple times lighter on normal than the business standard, while utilizing essentially less valuable metal impetuses and uncommon earth metals to drive an increment in yield while improving virtue. This considers expanded yield utilizing existing hardware and empowers a more modest reactor impression for plans. FlexCat can be fused into existing plant outflow control frameworks to drive lower carbon impressions and permitting clients to meet harder Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. "FlexCat is a progressive contribution as a lightweight, modified item structure that is amazingly solid in the unforgiving conditions ordinarily experienced in numerous reactors," said Chad Cannan, senior VP of innovative work, Unifrax. "FlexCat furnishes our industry accomplices with the possibility to save a huge number of dollars across their activities in material expenses, capital speculations, and improved quality from existing hardware. From cleaner discharges to satisfying harder EPA guidelines to expanded immaculateness, stream rates, and transformation speeds, the presentation of FlexCat is a genuine natural, social, and administration (ESG) distinct advantage for the business." FlexCat is additionally ready to affect the hydrogen economy. As the interest for hydrogen builds, FlexCat upholds the development of hydrogen creation through better selectivity and expanded yield utilizing essentially less impetus material. FlexCat innovation drives more noteworthy reception by using more modest and more proficient units that length from power modules to customer gadgets. Fiber-based innovation that conveys Utilizing the viable surface space of Unifrax's special stringy material, FlexCat offers upgraded yields by giving a more convoluted way to improved catalysis inside a reactor. FlexCat wipes out the requirement for any prewash or zeolite-covering measure before applying impetus metals. Testing to date has appeared: • Capacity to utilize something like 80% less metal, including platinum bunch metals (PGMs), while getting a similar change yield • Outrageous sturdiness to almost 1,850°F (~1,000°C) with more reliable item immaculateness • Improved change and selectivity of synergist responses, even in the wake of maturing, permitting modern plants better yield with existing gear • Solid grip of PGMs and no deficiency of impetus, even after warm maturing FlexCat's lightweight fiber tangle structure considers the more secure establishment and evacuation, and cutoff points unsafe waste, significant advantages for Unifrax's customer's labor force and the wellbeing of the climate. FlexCat and Unifrax's profound innovation portfolio FlexCat is Unifrax's initial step into mechanical catalysis, expanding on the organization's profound history of fiber-based innovation and assembling. Unifrax has a history of 75+ years creating and providing designed inorganic materials for an enormous scope to cutting-edge enterprises around the world, including electric vehicles, aviation, and compound preparing. Adjustable for singular accomplices, cycles, and explicit responses, FlexCat can be made at scale today. Unifrax will be accessible at Hydrogen 2021 Digital Conference and Exhibition to examine besides with invested individuals. About Unifrax Unifrax creates and makes superior strength materials utilized in cutting-edge applications, including high-temperature modern protection, electric vehicles, energy stockpiling, filtration, and fire security, among numerous others. Unifrax items are planned with a definitive objective of saving energy, diminishing contamination, and improving wellbeing for individuals, structures, and gear by following through on our obligation to our clients of greener, cleaner, more secure answers for their application challenges. Unifrax has 37 assembling offices working in 12 nations and utilizes 2,700+ representatives universally. About Clearlake Established in 2006, Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. is a venture firm working for incorporated organizations across private value, credit, and other related procedures. With an area-centered methodology, the firm tries to cooperate with experienced supervisory crews by giving patient, long haul money to dynamic organizations that can profit from Clearlake's operational improvement approach, O.P.S.® The company's center objective areas are industrials, innovation, and shopper. Clearlake presently has around $35 billion of resources under administration and its senior speculation directors have driven or co-drove more than 300 ventures. The firm has workplaces in Santa Monica and Dallas.

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BioLargo says BLEST subsidiary awarded contract to assist in the reconfiguration of Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer systems at a large chemicals plant

Jon Hopkins | October 22, 2020

BioLargo, Inc. has announced that its subsidiary BioLargo Engineering, Science & Technologies (BLEST) has been awarded a contract to assist in the reconfiguration of the Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) systems used at a large chemical manufacturing plant on the East Coast of the US. The plant, owned by a global chemical company, produces phenolic resins, antioxidants and related synthetic organic products. The contract is expected to execute with a series of milestones through mid-2021, with anticipated scope expanding the contract period to at least 24 months and over $500,000 in total revenue, BioLargo said in a statement.

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ExxonMobil Planning Hydrogen Production, Carbon Capture and Storage at Baytown Complex

ExxonMobil | March 02, 2022

ExxonMobil said it is planning a hydrogen production plant and one of the world’s largest carbon capture and storage projects at its integrated refining and petrochemical site at Baytown, Texas, supporting efforts to reduce emissions from company operations and local industry. “Hydrogen has the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in vital sectors of the economy and create valuable, lower-emissions products that support modern life. By helping to activate new markets for hydrogen and carbon capture and storage, this project can play an important part in achieving America’s lower-emissions aspirations.” Joe Blommaert, president of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions The proposed hydrogen facility would produce up to 1 billion cubic feet per day of “blue” hydrogen, which is an industry term for hydrogen produced from natural gas and supported by carbon capture and storage. The carbon capture infrastructure for this project would have the capacity to transport and store up to 10 million metric tons of CO2 per year, more than doubling ExxonMobil’s current capacity. Using hydrogen as a fuel at the Baytown olefins plant could reduce the integrated complex’s Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by up to 30%, supporting ExxonMobil’s ambition to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its operated assets by 2050. It also would enable the site to manufacture lower-emissions products for its customers. Access to surplus hydrogen and CO2 storage capacity would be made available to nearby industry. The project would form ExxonMobil’s initial contribution to a broad, cross-industry effort to establish a Houston carbon capture and storage hub with an initial target of about 50 million metric tons of CO2 per year by 2030, and 100 million metric tons by 2040. Evaluation and planning for the Baytown project are ongoing and, subject to stakeholder support, regulatory permitting and market conditions, a final investment decision is expected in two to three years. ExxonMobil has extensive experience with hydrogen and already produces about 1.5 billion cubic feet per day. The company is uniquely positioned to participate in the growing hydrogen market and is evaluating strategic investments to increase the use of this important lower-emissions energy technology. Equally important is the company’s more than 30 years of experience capturing and permanently storing CO2. ExxonMobil has cumulatively captured more human-made CO2 than any other company and has an equity share of about one-fifth of the world’s carbon capture and storage capacity, which amounts to about 9 million metric tons per year. ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions business was established to commercialize low-emission technologies and is focusing on carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and biofuels – technologies where the company can leverage its core competencies and competitive advantages. Over the next six years, the company plans to invest more than $15 billion on lower-emission initiatives and could increase investments with advancements in policy and technology. Sound government policies will accelerate the deployment of key technologies at the pace and scale required to support a societal net-zero future. Predictable, stable, cost-effective policies are necessary to incentivize the development and scalability of a wide range of low-emission technologies, including hydrogen and carbon capture and storage. ExxonMobil continues to support an explicit price on carbon to establish consistent incentives and encourage investments. ExxonMobil is committed to helping society reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing the company’s emissions intensity and developing and deploying emission-reducing technologies and products. Increasing the supply of products with lower life cycle greenhouse gas emissions enables the transition from higher-emissions alternatives. About ExxonMobil ExxonMobil, one of the largest publicly traded international energy companies, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is one of the largest refiners and marketers of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world.

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