Braskem, which now describes itself as the largest thermoplastic resin producer in the Americas, announced plans at K 2010 to build the world’s first propylene plant based on renewable resources.
In 2011, work will be concluded on the basic engineering studies for a propylene plant using sugar cane as a feedstock resource. The plan is to start up a plant in the second half of 2013. Investment cost is estimated at around $100 million. The plant will have a minimum green propylene production capacity of 30,000 metric tons. Existing technology will be used to polymerize the propylene
The green polypropylene will have the same technical, processability and performance properties as polypropylene made using petroleum.
Lifecycle analysis was conducted by Fundação Espaço Eco based on conceptual engineering data. Each ton of green polypropylene produced captures and sequesters 2.3 tons of carbon dioxide.
It is apparent at the giant K Fair being held now in Düsseldorf Germany that demand for green plastics is being driven by concerns that European countries, particularly France, may impose penalties on car makers and other OEMs for certain levels of carbon dioxide consumption as well as wasteful use of water.
A recent report sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) focuses on emerging gasification technologies for converting waste into energy and fuel on a large scale and saving it from the landfill. Some of that waste includes non-recycled plastic.
Capping a 30-year quest, GE Aviation has broken ground on the first high-volume factory for producing commercial jet engine components from ceramic matrix composites. The plant will produce high-pressure turbine shrouds for the LEAP Turbofan engine.
Seismic shifts in 3D printing materials include an optimization method that reduces the material needed to print an object by 85 percent, research designed to create new, stronger materials, and a new ASTM standard for their mechanical properties.
A recent study finds that 3D printing is both cheaper and greener than traditional factory-based mass manufacturing and distribution. At least, it's true for making consumer plastic products on open-source, low-cost RepRap printers.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.