BASF introduces more innovations to meet the challenges of climate-friendly chemical production

Rapid Plastics Media Ltd | January 10, 2019

Through either the pursuit of its ambitious Carbon Management Program, research and development activities, and press conferences, BASF is generating new possibilities in groundbreaking projects for CO2-reduced future production processes. Climate protection and a CO2-neutral growth are firmly embedded in BASF’s new corporate strategy commitments. To accomplish this by 2030, the Germany-based giant is continuously adapting and optimising existing processes in a changing world offering many challenges. The company aims to gradually replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources and low-emission production processes, as well as combining this in an ambitious Carbon Management Program.

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A wide range of chemicals are being used in Institute laboratories. The hazards associated with these chemicals vary depending on their properties and mode of handling and usage.Inherent hazards are also associated with the reactions that are carried out with these chemicals and the equipment being used.The risks involved include serious injuries and adverse health effects. This calls for utmostcare in handling of chemicals from the time of receipt to disposal.

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A wide range of chemicals are being used in Institute laboratories. The hazards associated with these chemicals vary depending on their properties and mode of handling and usage.Inherent hazards are also associated with the reactions that are carried out with these chemicals and the equipment being used.The risks involved include serious injuries and adverse health effects. This calls for utmostcare in handling of chemicals from the time of receipt to disposal.

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TotalEnergies and Air Liquide | November 23, 2022

TotalEnergie and Air Liquide are innovating to produce and valorize renewable, low carbon hydrogen at the Grandpuits zero crude platform. Under a long-term contract committing TotalEnergies to purchase the hydrogen produced for the needs of its platform, Air Liquide will invest over €130 million in the construction and operation of a new unit producing hydrogen. This unit will partly use biogas from the biorefinery built by TotalEnergies and will be delivered with Air Liquide’s carbon capture technology CryocapTM. These innovations will prevent emissions amounting to 150,000 tons of CO2 a year compared to current processes. TotalEnergies’ biorefinery will use the unit’s hydrogen to produce sustainable aviation fuel. In line with the two companies’ shared ambition to get to net zero by 2050, the project includes sustainable and circular innovations The new hydrogen production unit, with the capacity to produce over 20,000 tons a year will produce hydrogen that is partly renewable, thanks to the recycling of residual biogas from the Grandpuits biorefinery, in place of the natural gas that is normally used. This unit will be delivered with a carbon capture technology, allowing it to help reduce the platform’s carbon footprint, by capturing over 110,000 tons of CO2 a year for reuse in food and industrial applications. Most of the unit’s renewable, low carbon hydrogen will be used by the biorefinery itself, to produce sustainable aviation fuel, but it could also be used to support sustainable mobility in the Ile-de-France region. "By recycling the biogas produced by the biorefinery into renewable hydrogen, this innovative project makes full use of the conversion of the Grandpuits refinery into a zero crude platform harnessing the potential of biomass, especially in the production of sustainable aviation fuel,” said Bernard Pinatel, President, Refining & Chemicals, TotalEnergies. "Combined with the production of low carbon hydrogen and the capture of CO2, this project contributes to TotalEnergies’ ambition to decarbonize all of the hydrogen used by its European refineries by 2030." "This innovative project is characterized by the combination of several solutions in order to produce renewable and low-carbon hydrogen,and contribute to the decarbonization of TotalEnergies’ Grandpuits site. It also provides the opportunity to recycle CO2 as part of a circular economy approach while securing its supply for agri-food applications. This project illustrates Air Liquide’s expertise in working with its customers on customized solutions to help them reduce their carbon footprint and actively participate in the fight against global warming. It provides yet another example of the key role that hydrogen will play to succeed in the energy transition"," added Pascal Vinet, Senior Vice President and member of the Executive Committee, Air Liquide, in charge of Europe Industries activities. About TotalEnergies in Grandpuits Commissioned in 1966, Total's Grandpuits-Bailly-Carrois refinery was for a long time the only refinery in the Paris region. In September 2020, TotalEnergies launched a project to convert the site, in line with its strategy to become carbon neutral by 2050. This zero-crude project, with a total investment of more than 500 million euros, is based on the development of several future-oriented activities in the field of biomass, renewable energies, and the circular economy: chemical recycling of plastic waste, production of biosourced and biodegradable bioplastics, production of biofuels for the aviation sector, construction of a solar farm and electricity storage by batteries. The start-up of these new units will begin in 2022, and they should all be operational by 2025. TotalEnergies and renewable & low-carbon hydrogen TotalEnergies is convinced that renewable and low-carbon hydrogen will play a major role in the energy transition. The Company is working with its suppliers and partners to decarbonize all the hydrogen used in its European refineries by 2030. This represents a reduction in CO2 emissions of 3 million tons per year. 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Encina Development Group | September 13, 2022

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Chemours and BOHN Collaborate to Innovate the Cold Food Chain, Launching the First Low GWP Solution in the Americas Based on A2L Technology

The Chemours Company | November 18, 2022

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