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Energy consumption is high in the chlor-alkali production process, and reducing the electricity consumption and improving efficiencies in an on-going concern for the global chlor-alkali industry and technology providers.
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Chlorine is used to sterilise drinking water, in paper production, antiseptics, food, insecticides, paints, PVC, medicines, textiles, solvents, to name a few.
Caustic soda is used to make soap and detergents. It is used as a drain cleaner, the fat blocking the drain is saponified to soap which then dissolves down the drain. It is used to extract alumina from bauxite to produce aluminium, pulping wood for making paper and making rayon.
Other uses range from pharmaceuticals such as the manufacture of aspirin and cholesterol drugs to food processing, an example being the glazing for pretzels to make them crisp.VIEW FULL PORTFOLIO
Tecnon OrbiChem provides detailed and comprehensive coverage of markets, prices, developments and commercialisation of chlor-alkali and polymers, to allow informed decisions to be made by buyers, sellers, marketers, commercial planners and company executives. Such services, aimed at immediate commercial needs, are accompanied by supply-demand analyses aimed at supplying deeply researched data in support of long term planning.
Day by day contact with the chemical industry is combined with scheduled interviews with chemicals executives, to collect data and views on chlor-alkali markets, ranging from observations on current conditions to decades-long visions for the future. Tecnon OrbiChem provides its analyses of the data and offers its insights into the future direction of the industry, ranging from a few weeks to a few decades as the horizon.
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By the late 18th century there was a growing demand in Europe for soda ash (sodium carbonate) to manufacture soap, textiles and glass. At that time soda ash was produced by burning sodium-rich seaweed leaving the sodium carbonate in the form of ash. The main producers were Spain using barrilla and Scotland using kelp. While effective, this process could not produce large volumes to meet the growing demand.
France’s soap, textile and glass industries were expanding and there was growing concern on its dependence on imported soda ash. In order to become self-sufficient, the French Academy of Science offered a prize to anyone who could manufacture sodium carbonate from salt. Nicholas Leblanc rose to the challenge and won by developing the Leblanc process which was used during the early 19th century. Unfortunately, due to the French Revolution, he never received his prize.
The Leblanc process was eventually replaced by the Solvay ammonia-soda process, which was more economical and less polluting than the Leblanc method. The rights to the Solvay process technology were acquired by Brunner Mond, who were instrumental in making the process a commercial success.
Increased demand for soap, textiles and glass requiring growing quantities of sodium carbonate resulting in the Leblanc process was the beginning of chlor-alkali industry and a milestone for the chemical industry.
Today the industry uses sodium chloride solution (salt brine) as its raw material – just as the French Academy hoped for. The brine is electrolysed to produce chlorine and caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) on an industrial scale. The energy consumption is high in the production process, for every ton of chlorine and 1.12 tons of caustic soda about 2400 kWh of electricity is required. Reducing electricity consumption is an on-going concern for the industry and technology companies.CONTACT AN EXPERT
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