Dow affirms commitment to biodiesel industry

By Nicholas Zeman | October 14, 2009
Posted October 21, 2009

The Dow Chemical Co. presented at the European Biofuels Expo and Conference held earlier this month in the U.K. in an effort "to affirm our commitment to the biodiesel industry and to present our range if innovative solutions," said Donna Rohan, biodiesel sales manager for Dow Water and Process Solutions.

When it acquired rival Rohm and Haas earlier this year for $15 billion, Dow Chemical brought several biodiesel products under its roof. Amberlyst BD20 is a solid catalyst FFA esterification technology "that offers biodiesel producers the flexibility to produce biodiesel from inexpensive low-quality feedstocks without sacrificing the quality of the end product." Many facilities have been looking to expand their processing capabilities-as cash on hand becomes available-to include a larger feedstock portfolio.

Partner products Ambersep and Amberlite further the power of the feedstock purification technology platform. The biodiesel products are sold under a "differentiated business unit," Dow WPS, which offers a "broad portfolio of ion exchange resins, reverse osmosis membranes, ultrafiltration membranes and electrodeionization products."
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