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A tour of Evonik's new sodium methylate plant
Posted April 29, 2009



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Biodiesel catalyst plant starts production in Alabama

Evonik Degussa Corp. held a plant dedication ceremony on April 28 to celebrate the commissioning of its new sodium methylate plant in Mobile, Ala. The 60,000 metric ton (16.5 million gallon) per year facility was built to serve North American biodiesel producers. Until now, Evonik Degussa has supplied U.S. biodiesel producers with catalyst made at its German facility. The new plant in Alabama, however, employs a different process to produce sodium methylate than its German counterpart. Instead of using an electrolysis process to make sodium methylate from sodium hydroxide and methanol, the new facility employs reactive distillation to make the same ready-to-use catalyst.READ MORE
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