Germany’s Evonik is building a new specialty copolymers plant at its Witten site in Germany which is expected to start commercial operations in the first quarter of 2018, the specialty chemicals maker said on Tuesday.
The company will invest “a mid-double-digit million euro sum in the plant, which will have an annual production capacity of several thousand metric tons”, the company said in a statement.
The project is on track to reach mechanical completion by end of November 2017, it said.
Polyester based coatings are perceived as a good alternative to substitute the standard epoxy based coating systems to ensure food packaging that are free of bisphenol a, Evonik said.
“Evonik has early on anticipated this trend and decided at the end of 2015 to invest in additional capacity to be well prepared to accompany further growth in this market,” it added.
By Nurluqman Suratman
Source: ICIS News
France has launched an offshore green hydrogen production platform at the country’s Port of Saint-Nazaire this week, along with its first offshore wind farm. The hydrogen plant, which its operators say is the world’s first facility of its type, coincides with the launch of another “first of its kind” facility in Sweden dedicated to storing hydrogen in an underground lined rock cavern (LRC).
The project sets up the Hydrogen Valley in Rome, the first industrial-scale technological hub for the development of the national supply chain for the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen for the decarbonization of industrial processes and for sustainable mobility.
At first glance, hydrogen seems to be the perfect solution to our energy needs. It doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide when used. It can store energy for long periods of time. It doesn’t leave behind hazardous waste materials, like nuclear does. And it doesn’t require large swathes of land to be flooded, like hydroelectricity. Seems too good to be true. So…what’s the catch?