Vynova Group (Tessenderlo, Belgium) announced that it will build a state-of-the-art production plant for liquid potassium carbonate (K2CO3) at its site in Tessenderlo, Belgium. The new and larger facility will replace the company’s existing potassium carbonate plant in Tessenderlo and will be constructed to accompany Vynova’s growth, further strengthening its position as Europe’s number one supplier of potassium derivatives.
The new plant, representing an investment of 4 million euros, is expected to be operational by mid-2022. Construction is due to start in the third quarter of 2021. The new facility will be the largest plant of its kind in Europe and will be fully HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) compliant, which will allow Vynova to continue producing a top-quality product that is fit for demanding applications in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals industries.
“This investment is part of a wider company programme to continuously implement the highest standards for our potassium derivatives assets and to support the expansion of our potassium derivatives business. Our new Tessenderlo facility will enable us to continue as a reliable partner for our customers and is another sign of our long-term commitment to the potassium derivatives market”, said Jacques Sturm, Vice President Potassium Derivatives Business at Vynova.
Vynova supplies potassium carbonate (K2CO3), also known as potash carbonate, to customers across a wide variety of industries. Potassium carbonate is used, among others, in fertilisers and agrochemicals, in the food industry (for example for fruit processing and in the production of chocolate and wine) and to manufacture high-quality glass.
by Mary Page Bailey
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?