New process saves energy and water while producing raw materials
A new production line at Ashland’s plant in Krefeld, Germany, is using green technology to produce bioacrylamide, a key raw material for our water technology products.
During the production process, bacteria strains are used to turn acrylonitrile into acrylamide. This bioprocess calls for only a moderate temperature of 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). The conventional production of bioacrylamide calls for high pressure and temperatures. With our wastewater-free bioprocess, both energy and water are conserved, making it much more sustainable and better for the environment.
The line opened in September 2011, producing bioacrylamide for products including Praestol™ and Drewfloc™ flocculants, PerForm™ advanced retention and drainage aids, Hercobond™ additives, Tallofin™ deposit control agents, and Antispumin™ defoamers.
”This investment of underlines Ashland’s commitment to a long-term sustainability strategy,” said Klaus Busam, plant manager.