Solvay develops small, cost-effective hydrogen peroxide units

Solvay develops small, cost-effective hydrogen peroxide units

7:17 AM, 5th April 2012
Solvay develops small, cost-effective hydrogen peroxide units
Solvay headquarters.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Solvay and Peroxidos do Brasil (a H2O2 joint venture of Solvay and Produtos Quimicos Makay) are jointly developing a new concept of small cost-effective hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) production units for installation at its customers’ sites. This on-site H2O2 production concept is based on Solvay’s new proprietary and innovative technology developments, which will allow it to operate cost-effective production units of sizes between 5,000 and 15,000 metric tonne H2O2 per year in safe and reliable conditions. An industrial pilot plant will soon be built at the Peroxidos do Brasil site in Curitiba, Brazil.

This new H2O2 production technology complements Solvay’s portfolio of H2O2 production technologies, ranging from the typical H2O2 plant with a capacity of 50,000 metric tonne per year to the H2O2 mega plant with a capacity that can exceed 300,000 metric tonne per year. Two such mega plants have been erected by Solvay in joint projects with large chemical groups for downstream production of propylene oxide. A third one is projected to become operational in 2015. Solvay is developing this new breakthrough technology with many innovations in its H2O2 R&D Centre in Brussels, Belgium, and PerOxidos do Brasil’s H2O2 plant in Curitiba, Brazil.

“Solvay is committed to develop new cost-effective production technologies which allow competitive hydrogen peroxide use at remote sites where the cost of logistics is substantial. Remotely located pulp and paper producers in the fast growing markets of Latin America and Asia will benefit from this technology. Using on-site produced hydrogen peroxide as a bleaching agent will bring major benefits to these customers as it ensures reliable and cost-efficient supply of hydrogen peroxide,” said Eric Mignonat, Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Development unit, Essential Chemicals, Solvay.

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