Brussels -- Solvay is developing a 'new concept' of small cost-effective hydrogen peroxide (HP) production units for installation at its customers' sites, in conjunction with Peroxidos do Brasil.
The on-site HP production concept is based on Solvay's new technology developments, which will allow it to operate cost-effective production units between 5000 and 15 000 tonnes of HP per year in safe and reliable conditions, the company said in a 5 April news release.
An industrial pilot plant will soon be built at the Peroxidos do Brasil site in Curitiba, Brazil, Solvay said. Peroxidos do Brasil is a HP joint venture between Solvay and Produtos Quimicos Makay.
"Solvay is clearly committed to develop new cost-effective production technologies which allow competitive hydrogen peroxide use at remote sites where the cost of logistics is substantial. Remotely located pulp and paper producers in the fast growing markets of Latin America and Asia will benefit from this technology", commented Eric Mignonat, general manager of the strategic development unit, Essential Chemicals, Solvay.
"Using on-site produced hydrogen peroxide as a bleaching agent will bring major benefits to these customers as it ensures reliable and cost-efficient supply of hydrogen peroxide," he added.
This new HP production technology complements Solvay's portfolio of HP production technologies, ranging from the typical HP plant with a capacity of 50 000 tonnes per year to the HP mega plant with a capacity that can exceed 300 000 tonnes per year.
Solvay currently has two such mega plants, part of joint projects with large chemical groups for downstream production of propylene oxide. A third mega plant is projected to become operational in 2015.