NBB and SDA present Solvay with glycerin award

By | June 21, 2007
It's relatively easy to make orange juice from oranges, but imagine making an orange from orange juice. The analogy is an apt description for the work done by the Solvay SA representatives who received the 2007 Glycerin Innovation Award from the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

"The NBB is proud to team with SDA to encourage new, high-value uses for glycerin," NBB Technical Director Steve Howell said. "Glycerin is an important byproduct of making biodiesel. Also, the use of glycerin as a chemical building block can help supplement petroleum-derived products."

Business managers and researchers helped develop Solvay's trademarked Epicerol technology that company officials say offers major environmental improvements in the production of epichlorohydrin, whose main applications include the production of epoxy resins and paper reinforcement and water purification products.

The environmental advantages of the new technology include a tenfold reduction of water consumption and an eightfold reduction of chlorinated residues. The technology also consumes glycerin, a renewable resource, instead of oil-derived propylene.

Solvay researchers offer the analogy of making an orange from orange juice as a reference to the reverse technology that allowed the company to produce epichlorohydrin from glycerin. The company previously produced synthetic glycerin from epichlorohydrin. Solvay has 22 patent applications covering the Epicerol technology.

Bruno Jestin and Philippe Krafft, representing Solvay's business and research teams, were named on the Glycerin Innovation Award commemorative plaque, which also comes with a $5,000 honorarium.

More information on the award and the research is available at www.cleaning101.com/oleo.
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