Nanjing, Jiangsu – The provincial government of Jiangsu has made an award to a research project to help it build a polyols for polyurethane rigid insulation plant from non-edible natural oils.
The research project run with the the Institute of Chemical Industry of Forest Products (ICIFP), Chinese Academy of Forestry by Professor Zhou Yonghong received a technology award from Jiangsu’s provincial government in February 2014.
The project uses non-edible natural oils including waste grease and turpentine to make PU insulation materials. It has helped establish China's largest biomass polyester polyol production line with a 30kT/year capacity and China's first oleaginous-based polyester polyol continuous production line with a 20kT/year capacity in 2011.
Both production lines belong to Jiangsu Qianglin Biomass Energy based in Liyang, Jiangsu province, a joint venture founded in 2007 by ICIFP and Jiangsu Liqiang Group. ICIFP has a stake close to 50% in Qianglin Biomass Energy, according to Liu Yupeng, deputy director of the institute’s department of research management.