Medical | August 27, 2020
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have discovered a metal-free carbon-based catalyst that has the potential to be much less expensive and more efficient for many industrial concerns, including manufacturing of bio- and fossil fuels, electrocatalysis, and fuel cells. At their most fundamental, these industry processes involve splitting strong chemical bonds, like hydrogen-hydrogen, carbon-oxygen, and carbon-hydrogen bonds. Traditionally this has been accomplished with catalysts that use transition or precious metals, many of them expensive and low in natural abundance -- like platinum and palladium.
Repsol | September 08, 2021
Repsol has selected Univation Technologies’ UNIPOL PE Process for its 300,000 TPY polyethylene (PE) plant. This new PE plant will be constructed along with another polymer production unit with both plants located at Repsol’s Industrial Complex in Sines, Portugal. The combined project represents the largest industrial investment in Portugal in the last ten years with a total value at €657 million (ca. $775 million).
Repsol selected a full-density plant design with production capabilities for a broad range of HDPE and LLDPE products specifically targeting highly specialized PE applications serving the pharmaceutical, automotive and food industries. The UNIPOL PE Process’ flexible manufacturing platform further supports Repsol’s continued growth targeting key markets and capturing new opportunities within the greater European market. In addition to Univation’s HDPE and LLDPE capabilities, Repsol has also selected to access Univation’s XCAT Metallocene Technology to produce specialty metallocene PE grades aimed at the sophisticated European polyethylene film market.
Additionally, Repsol will utilize Univation’s advanced software platforms for process control capability (“PREMIER APC+”) and also virtual process training (“UNIPOL PE Virtual Plant Simulator – UVPS”). PREMIER APC+ is an advanced process control platform designed specifically for the UNIPOL PE Process. Its state-of-the-art process control capability is designed to maximize production rates, ensure efficient product grade transitions and enhance overall operational reliability of the UNIPOL PE Process.
The UVPS software provides Repsol with the latest generation process simulator training tool that delivers a realistic training environment for a full range of unit operations for the UNIPOL PE Process.
“The UNIPOL PE Technology platform provides Repsol with multiple sustainable operational benefits ‒ including low carbon footprint, minimized emissions, reduced energy consumption, and maximized raw material utilization – to enable Repsol to achieve its objective of sustainable development while delivering positive economic activity within the regions that it operates,” commented Dr. Steven Stanley, President of Univation Technologies. Dr. Stanley continued his comments, “Additionally we look forward to supporting Repsol’s vision of producing value-added, recyclable materials for the European market with this new UNIPOL PE Plant. Univation is pleased to have already formed strong, collaborative relationships with the Repsol team and we look forward to a safe start-up of this new, flexible and sustainable manufacturing platform.”
José Luis Bernal, Repsol Química Executive Director, commented, “This project demonstrates Repsol's commitment to a more integrated and sustainable petrochemical industry and also shows our support for the strategically important Sines Industrial Complex. Partnering with a proven, experienced leader in the field of polyethylene was of utmost importance, and we are pleased to collaborate with Univation Technologies on this landmark project.”
About Univation Technologies, LLC
Univation Technologies is the global leader in licensed polyethylene technology. Univation has a proven track record of delivering process, product and catalyst technologies as well as related technical services to the global polyethylene industry for more than 50 years. More than one-third of all HDPE and LLDPE resins produced globally is supplied by the industry-leading UNIPOL PE Process. Univation is also the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of conventional and advanced polyethylene polymerization catalysts designed specifically for the UNIPOL PE Process.
Wacker Chemical | October 29, 2020
Sustainability Week happening prior this month (October 12-16), at Wacker Chemical Corporation in the United States, representatives partook in naturally benevolent exercises to respect the general pledge to help guarantee a superior world for people in the future.
Each October, WACKER workers observe Sustainability Week to create mindfulness and move network activity to ensure the climate. The WACKER areas in the U.S. made positive changes by reusing, lessening waste capably, giving to and chipping in with neighborhood associations.
To securely gather family unsafe waste from the network, both the Charleston, Tennessee and Adrian, Michigan areas partook in network drives redirecting perilous waste and recyclables from landfills.
In Adrian, 66 worker families dropped off waste at the WACKER office. This function securely gathered 150 gallons of utilized oil, 4 sacks of paint, 200 lbs. of batteries, 40 void propane canisters, 200 bright light bulbs, 2 drums of non-perilous fluids and more than 500 lbs. of utilized electronic gadgets.
Charleston workers chipped in at the Cleveland/Bradley family perilous waste drive arranged by the Keep America Beautiful association to gather squander from their district inhabitants. After 791 family units gave, the function arrived at limit before the function was booked to end.
At Calvert City, Kentucky, workers gave time and materials to help further form the Sustainability Education Center at the Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. They likewise planned and partook in different cleanup endeavors to region parks, trails and nature shelters.
In reusing site scrap materials, Calvert City's area made grower, pavers and perch rooms for the Education Center, in any event, taking advantage of the imagination from worker families by sending home making units to make the pieces.
Since reusing is critical to a greener future, WACKER's Allentown, Pennsylvania and Charleston, Tennessee areas started nearby reusing programs. The Ann Arbor, Michigan area went above and beyond and contracted with a treating the soil administration in the wake of supplanting discard alternatives on location with compo stable contributions.
To lessen utilization, the North Canton, Ohio group disposed of paper in work processes as a perpetual change. By getting paperless, the area will decrease paper utilization and outflows from printers by 30%.
As of late, the Charleston area was perceived by the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association with the territorial Manufacturing Excellence Award in the Energy/Environment classification. This honor, declared during Sustainability Week, credits the Tennessee area for a strong natural program, reusing and squander decrease rehearses, energy decrease enhancements and procedures matched with partaking representatives.
WACKER sees maintainability as something beyond a public objective. As a worldwide organization, WACKER lines up with the maintainability objectives made by the United Nations. At the core of this UN mission are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a dire call for activity by all nations. These SDGs perceive handling environmental change and attempting to protect our seas and timberlands should be a need of today.