The greening of ethylene – What are the issues, the places, and the technologies?

It’s a monster molecule, one of the backbones within the oil barrel. Who’s going for gold, via green, in ethylene and polyethylene?

So here’s the problem with Glad Wrap.
It consists primarily of polyethylene, made from petroleum – a commodity for which the price swings around like a drunken sailor in a dance hall. Glad Wrap, on the other hand, is sold to consumers and companies, which take the joys in price instability that cats take in soapy showers.

For that reason, there’s been an awful lot of interest in green ethylene. It’s customer-friendly, it offers the potential of hedge against oil, and can help bring manufacturing of downstream applications closer to customer markets.

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Tags: green ethylene, Brazil, natural gas, novel technologies, pulp industry, BRIC countries, olefins, aromatics, resins, bioplastics, sugarcane ethanol, nanoparticles, Candida, diesel


BiofuelsDigest, 2012-11-06.


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