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Wood instead of petroleum?

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The other day I found an interesting article from Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, USA.  The artical discusses how the two recently managed to synthesize two complex chemical substances from wood-based starting materials.  You can find the link here:  Wood instead of petroleum.

The basic chemistry is nothing new.  In fact using wood as a feed stock has been around for over 200 years.  The first wood gasifier was thought to be build around 1839 and the first vehicle powered by wood gas was built in 1901.  I recall stories from my Grandfather that wood gas vehicles were used during World War II as a consequence of the rationing of fossil fuels.

Today this basis of using woody biomass as a feedstock for basic chemical and fuel sources is well known and economically viable.  Many of our customers today are taking this well understood chemistry even further by modifying processes to utilize agriculture wastes and other low cost feedstock’s into basic chemical formulations.  Furthermore, we are working with other companies on processes that can directly synthesize various agricultural and woody feedstock’s to more complex chemicals.

This kind of innovative thinking is highly important towards effecting positive environmental benefit.  While the short term thinking suggests that fossil fuels are so low in cost, that other derived fuels and chemicals cannot compete.   The true innovator looks out far beyond the economics of today and focus on solving problems for tomorrow.  Innovation in this area is obviously good for the environment and continues to help drive the United States towards energy independence. 

Catalytic Products International is proud to be a partner in innovation that brings value to industry as well as playing a role in environmental sustainably.  If you would like to learn more about how CPI participates in these industries, feel free to visit our website or contact me directly - or 847.550.4118. 

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