Environmental performance drives chemical innovation

Linde, the specialty gas supplier, has won the ICIS Innovation Awards 2019 for its Dryref syngas process, which combines a new catalyst with an innovative process to redefine what’s possible in steam reforming.

ICIS Chemical Business Deputy Editor, Will Beacham, who chaired the award judging panel said, “Finding the right balance between profitability, energy efficiency and cutting CO2 emissions is a challenging task in process development. Linde and BASF have collaborated to push the boundaries of chemistry to propose a ground-breaking new catalyst and steam-reforming process with higher efficiency, lower energy demand and a lower CO2 footprint.

“The judges were also impressed by the teamwork involved in a joint entry and were pleased to be able to give the award to a new process which could have a significant impact on the global chemical industry and CO2 emissions.”

Linde’s new Dryref process is the result of successful collaboration. It was developed with academic partners Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Technical University of Munich, University of Leipzig and DECHEMA Institute. The process uses a new catalyst developed by BASF, Synspire, which “offers a cost-effective CO2 footprint improvement with global impact,” according to Just Jansz, founder and managing director of business and technology consultancy Expertise Beyond Borders.

“With recycling and sustainability top of many agendas in 2019 it is not surprising that all of this year’s ICIS Innovation Awards winners have created products and processes that reduce the environmental footprint in some way,” added Beacham.

The winner of ICIS Innovation Awards 2019

 

OVERALL WINNER

Linde

Dryref and Synspire

 

BEST PROCESS INNOVATION

Linde

Dryref and Synspire

 

BEST PRODUCT INNOVATION

Croda’s

Star Polymer

 

BEST INNOVATION BY A SMALL OR MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISE

Sironix Renewables

Hundredfold improved hard water performance with Eosix surfactants

 

INNOVATION WITH BEST BENEFIT TO ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILIT

  • INEOS Styrolution: Polystyrene – made for recycling
  • Carbon Cycle: Phosphogypsum remediation

 

The winner of ICIS Innovation Awards 2018

It is must de noted also that also all four winners of ICIS Innovation Awards 2018 (Lehigh Technologies, Stora Enso, Galaxy Surfactants and Electrochem Technologies & Materials) enhanced the sustainability performance of the industry through product and process improvement.

 

OVERALL WINNER

Lehigh Technologies

Enabling the circular economy with micronised rubber powder

 

BEST PRODUCT INNOVATION

sponsored by Accenture

Stora Enso

Repurposing lignin as a renewable replacement for fossil-based materials

 

BEST PROCESS INNOVATION

Galaxy Surfactants

Green process for the manufacture of amino acid surfactants

 

INNOVATION WITH BEST BENEFIT TO ENVIRONMENT OR SUSTAINABILITY

sponsored by Maroon Group

Lehigh Technologies

Enabling the circular economy with micronised rubber powder

 

BEST INNOVATION BY A SMALL OR MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISE

sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical

Electrochem Technologies & Materials

Electrowinning iron from copperas: a zero-carbon iron-making process

 

www.icis.com/awards

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