Dow and BASF receive Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for HPPO Technology

Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:00am EDT

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MIDLAND, Mich. & LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany--(Business Wire)--
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and BASF received a 2010 Presidential Green
Chemistry Challenge Award at a ceremony held June 21 at the Ronald Reagan Center
in Washington, D.C. The two companies were honored for their jointly developed
hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) technology that vastly improves the
production process of a key chemical intermediate, propylene oxide. Propylene
oxide from the HPPO process can be used in a variety of applications from home
insulation, appliances, automobiles and furniture to aircraft de-icers, paints,
brake fluids and pharmaceuticals. 

The award has been presented on behalf of the White House by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency annually since 1996. It recognizes breakthrough
technologies that transfer sustainability principles from the research lab into
the real world to enable environmentally responsible and economically viable
routes to commercial chemical manufacturing. It is the seventh Presidential
Green Chemistry award for Dow and the fourth for BASF. 

"The EPA`s recognition is a testimony to the power of innovation and
collaboration that came together in this project," said Guillermo Novo, Dow`s
Vice President for Polyurethanes. "It will require more new technologies and
partnering like this between companies, governments, NGOs and communities to
secure our sustainable future." 

"We are proud to have such an outstanding example of joint research and
development," said Jacques Delmoitiez, President of BASF`s Polyurethanes
division. "This state-of-the-art technology combines economic success with
improved environmental performance and has set the standards for future

The Dow-BASF innovation offers distinct economic and environmental benefits when
compared to conventional propylene oxide (PO) process technologies. A joint
study conducted by the two companies in 2007 using BASF`s Eco-Efficiency
Analysis tool revealed the new HPPO process reduces wastewater by 70 to 80
percent and energy use by approximately 35 percent, compared with existing PO
technology. HPPO technology is also more environmentally friendly because no
by-products are produced besides water. In addition, PO plants using the HPPO
technology require up to 25 percent less capital to build than conventional
technologies, as they have reduced infrastructure, a smaller physical footprint
and simpler raw materials integration. The two companies successfully started up
the first commercial-scale HPPO production plant in 2008 at BASF`s Antwerp,
Belgium, facility. SCG-Dow Group is building a second plant based on this
technology, which is scheduled to begin production in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, in

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