Tag: catalysts

Cyanobacteria as green catalysts in biotech, researchers turn off unnecessary energy consumer

Cyanobacteria as green catalysts in biotech, researchers turn off unnecessary energy consumer

October 11, 2020 |

In Germany, researchers from the Technical University Graz and the RUB were able to increase the catalytic activity of cyanobacteria and makes them more attractive for biotechnological use, where they could be used with targeted enzymes as eco-friendly and readily available biocatalysts for the production of new chemicals. Cyanobacteria, which – although they color water […]

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Haldor Topsoe’s 16% revenue growth in 2020 driven by tech and catalysts demand

Haldor Topsoe’s 16% revenue growth in 2020 driven by tech and catalysts demand

August 23, 2020 |

In Denmark, Haldor Topsoe reports that in the first half year of 2020, revenue increased by 16% to DKK 3,202 million compared to the first half of 2019, while EBIT decreased by 5% to DKK 419 million. The revenue growth was driven by high demand for Topsoe’s technologies and catalysts even while order intake was […]

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Air Products and Topsoe sign agreement for large-scale ammonia, methanol, and/or dimethyl ether projects

Air Products and Topsoe sign agreement for large-scale ammonia, methanol, and/or dimethyl ether projects

May 17, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, Air Products, a leader in industrial gases and megaproject development, and Haldor Topsoe, a leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technology for the chemical and refining industries, signed a global Alliance Agreement to collaborate and work together on potential projects for large-scale ammonia, methanol and/or dimethyl ether plants to be developed and built […]

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Catalyst that lives forever? Researchers make efficient biocatalysts that last longer

Catalyst that lives forever? Researchers make efficient biocatalysts that last longer

November 3, 2019 |

In Germany, researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have succeeded in equipping a catalyst with an extremely thin protective film of molecular building blocks, which shields it from oxygen and thus makes its life practically infinite. The catalyst still works efficiently. Oxygen threatens sustainable catalysts that convert hydrogen into fuel cells but researchers have developed a […]

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EERE gives $43.6M for Phase II innovation projects

EERE gives $43.6M for Phase II innovation projects

July 28, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., American small businesses received a near-$44 million boost from the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Selected small businesses are receiving Phase II Release 2 grants that demonstrate commercial feasibility for innovations during the second phase of their research. Awards range from […]

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Gettin’ a new Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Costs

Gettin’ a new Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Costs

August 31, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop a catalyst cost estimation tool that would enable rapid and informed cost-based decisions in research and commercialization of catalysts. As the research team notes, “Nearly all biomass conversion processes rely on catalysis as do many biochemical processes. Catalytic technology development is leveraged by a major portion […]

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Singapore researchers simulate biomass-to-hydrogen production using catalysts

Singapore researchers simulate biomass-to-hydrogen production using catalysts

March 18, 2015 |

In Singapore, experimental analysis and computer simulations reveal new insights into the process by which ethanol produced from waste biomass can be converted into hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst. These insights should aid the design of more efficient catalysts for hydrogen production. Hydrogen gas is an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels. Today, […]

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Innovative solid catalysts opening new opportunities in the biodiesel market

Innovative solid catalysts opening new opportunities in the biodiesel market

July 14, 2014 |

In the US, innovative solid catalysts are opening new opportunities in the biodiesel market. Among other advantages, solid catalysts enable the blending of feedstocks to achieve optimal cold-flow properties in the final product at a low raw material cost. According to an AOCS report, “The advantages of solid catalytic processing are simply economic—continuous production at […]

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