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Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Renewable energy has big potential for electricity generation

Ramesh Shivanna, former Chairman, Energy and Renewable Energy (E&RE) Committee, Federation of Karnataka chambers of commerce and Industries (FKCCI) and Founding President of Karnataka Renewable Energy System Manufacturer Association (KRESMA) speaks about the importance of renewable energy in India with Worldofchemicals.com & Waste Management Expo 2020.

What is the Scope of Green Energy/ Renewable Energy in the various sector? Shed some light on the concerns and challenges regarding this in India.

India is a fast growing country and second highest population in the world. The power generation Installed capacity in India is 364 GW, out of this Fossil generation is 79.8 percent and Renewable energy is only 17.3 percent. 

As per the Paris agreement, India has committed for 40 percent of the Energy source to be Renewable energy by 2030. We have scope of about 23 percent to build the capacity in the country. 

The different Renewable energy sources are Wind, Solar, Small hydro, Biomass, waste to energy, the present wind installed capacity is 45 percent, Solar is 36 percent, Biomass is 12 per cent, Small hydro power is 5.7 percent, and waste to energy is only 0.2 percent 

All the renewable energy resources are natural resources and have big potential for electricity generation. Perhaps they have different challenges.

Comparisons of costs per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced show that newly built solar and wind plants are considerably becoming cheaper. In the coming years solar and wind energy will compete more favourably with conventional energy generation.

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Cement industries play major role in co-processing hazardous wastes

What are the concerns & issues regarding the waste generated in the industries (your focus industry) in India?

Segregation of waste from source level is the key matter of concern in Industries for recycling. However segregated storage followed by disposal may not be the main part of the industry’s priorities. Their commitment towards the environment will definitely motivate industry to do so.! 

What are the technologies used to treat the industrial waste and make it a sustainable or usable alternate thereafter? Also, elaborate regarding the national scenario of solid waste management and methods managing the hazardous constituents?

Waste disposal hierarchy pyramid shall be followed in the disposal of waste. The landfill may be last in the pyramid, despite co-processing of waste is kick-starting across the country. Mostly cement industries play a major role in co-processing these hazardous wastes.

However, policy-driven enforcement similar to hazardous waste shall be applied to other solid waste such as e-waste, plastic waste, domestic solid waste, especially on construction and demolition waste. Stricter enforcement and abiding Extended Producer Responsibility may better the scenario in the country.

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BIAL takes the lead in waste management, plastics recycling efforts

Lakshminarayanan S, Vice-President, Engineering & Maintenance, Bangalore International Airport Limited, who is spearheading the sustainable initiatives of BIAL discusses about water, waste and power management with worldofchemicals.com & Waste Management Expo 2020.
Mention the concerns and issues regarding solid waste generated at the airports. How important is solid waste management for Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL)?

At BIAL, we aspire to be a role model in sustainable development and, accordingly have embedded principles of sustainability into all aspects of our business. Solid waste management is one of the focus areas of sustainability. 

Airports must manage all the regular concerns of waste management, including the lack of environmental awareness, complexities in influencing adaptation of waste management practices etc. In an airport ecosystem, solid waste generated is both from airport operations as well as from flights that land in the airport. Various countries and cultures have different ways of treatment and disposal, thus some issues specific to Airports include:

International travellers:
  • Lack of awareness of local regulations with reference to the use of plastic and segregation at source
  • Limited/ inability to read or understand local language and directions
Incoming aircraft
  • Receiving plastic which is banned
  • Segregation of waste and separation of liquids and food from plates, bottles etc on-board incoming aircraft 
  • Lack of identification of contaminated biowaste 
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Monday, 27 May 2019

Sika completes acquiring Parex; Expands building finishing portfolio

Sika AG has completed the acquisition of Parex. With annual sales of CHF 1.2 billion, Parex is a leading mortar manufacturer with an impressive track record of profitable growth and attractive margins.
Sika and Parex are two strong companies that are highly complementary in product offering and channel penetration. With this acquisition, Sika will expand its product portfolio for the building finishing market, further strengthening its world leader position in construction chemicals, and reaching sales in excess of CHF 8 billion for 2019.
Parex’ product offering includes facade mortars, tile adhesives, and waterproofing mortars. With its expertise in mortar solutions for renovation and new builds, Parex participates in all phases of the construction life cycle.
Parex has a particularly strong presence in distribution channels, especially in China, where Parex has built up a network of over 90,000 points of sale. With its strong, recognized brands, Parex is known for its comprehensive R&D expertise and technical excellence. The company is locally present in 23 countries, with key positions in 8 core markets, and operates 74 plants around the world.

Nouryon, Gasunie studying expansion plans for Delfzijl green hydrogen unit

Nouryon and Gasunie are studying an expansion of a planned green hydrogen unit at Delfzijl, the Netherlands. The feasibility study follows a deal to convert sustainable electricity into green hydrogen for SkyNRG. The plant could be scaled up from 20 megawatts to at least 60 megawatts – which allows for a conversion of 9,000 tons of green hydrogen a year.
SkyNRG, the global market leader for sustainable aviation fuel, recently announced plans with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, fuels distributor SHV Energy and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to build Europe’s first dedicated production facility for sustainable aviation fuel at Delfzijl.
Green hydrogen would be combined with waste and residue streams such as used cooking oil to produce 100,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel and 15,000 tons of bioLPG per year.

Lanxess increases price for yellow iron oxide pigments

Lanxess is raising its prices worldwide for yellow iron oxide pigments of the Bayferrox and Colortherm brands. The price will be increased by 15 percent with immediate effect due to rising operational costs.
The Lanxess Inorganic Pigments business unit of Lanxess is the world's largest manufacturer of iron oxide pigments with production sites on five continents that all meet high technical and ecological standards.

Eastman to expand adhesive resins capacity

Eastman Chemical Company to expand production capabilities for hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins at Netherlands & Pennsylvania manufacturing sites.
Additional investments will also be made in the production of polyolefin polymers at the Longview, Texas, manufacturing site. The expansions will be completed at various times beginning in 2019, with all expected to be finished by mid-2020.
These investments support the growth strategy of Eastman’s adhesives resins business, which is part of its additives & functional products operating segment.
Eastman’s hydrocarbon resins are used as raw materials essential in hotmelt and pressure sensitive adhesives, and as binders in nonwoven products such as disposable diapers, feminine products, and pre-saturated wipes. They are also used in a wide range of applications including plastics and rubber modification.

Clariant opens new masterbatches production facility in China

SHANGHAI, CHINA: Clariant has opened a new masterbatches production facility in Guangzhou, China.
With Black PET/PA masterbatches for fiber already developing into a sizable business in China and some other Asian countries, the new production facility in Guangzhou will supplement existing supply from Clariant’s facility in Taiwan, which has been already fully utilized, to jointly deliver product and service excellence in its Greater China Region.
Together with this new production facility, a state-of-art workshop and an upgraded advanced lab were also newly established with customized services to echo unique performance requirements from its main customers in the special segments, as part of Clariant’s long term solutions and commitments for customer centricity in the China market. These newly added facilities, with Clariant’s existing capacities, will help the company further consolidate its position as a leading player in the masterbatches field in China today.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

ExxonMobil streamlines upstream organization for growth support

Exxon Mobil Corporation said it will streamline its upstream organization and centralize project delivery across the company to support previously announced plans to double operating cash flow and earnings by 2025.
“Our focus is on increasing overall value by strengthening our upstream business and further integrating it with the downstream and chemical segments to take advantage of our unique capabilities across the value chain,” said Neil Chapman, senior VP.
ExxonMobil Upstream Business Development Company will oversee strategy development, exploration, acquisitions and divestments and actively manage an upstream portfolio that is considered the most attractive since the 1999 merger of Exxon and Mobil. Consolidation of upstream portfolio management efforts in one organization will further strengthen the company’s ability to optimize portfolio value.

BASF, Solenis completes paper and water chemicals business

BASF and Solenis have completed the transfer of BASF’s paper wet-end and water chemicals business to Solenis. The combined business will operate under the Solenis name and offer increased sales, service and production capabilities across the globe. The combined company is positioned to provide an expanded product portfolio and cost-effective solutions for paper and water treatment customers. BASF will hold a 49% share, 51% of the shares will be held by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and the Solenis management.
“Combining our strong heritages creates the leading customer-focused, global solutions provider for the paper and water industries. Customers from these industries will benefit from our joint strengths, resulting in an unparalleled and complementary range of products and services, state-of-the-art innovations and know-how,” said John Panichella, president and CEO, Solenis.

Clariant introduces new polymer to limit hydrolytic dehydration

Clariant is introducing new polymer compounds specially formulated to limit or even eliminate hydrolytic degradation, which is known to affect certain materials commonly used in catheters. The new resins are offered under the MEVOPUR brand name.
“After several years of research and testing, we are pleased to be able to limit the risk of hydrolysis and breakage in these materials, thereby helping device manufacturers improve the reliability of catheters,” said Eric Rohr, Medical & Pharmaceutical Segment Manager, North America.
One of the first indications of chain scission is an increased melt-flow index (MFI).
Tensile strength and elongation properties in standard test bars molded from the test materials were similarly unaffected in MEVOPUR compounds, while the standard material shows significant degradation in these critical properties.

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