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Eco-rubber tech developed in Russia

6 Aug '20
ETB Catalytic Technologies, a resident of the Skolkovo Foundation's energy-efficient technologies cluster, is on the second line of the Elastomers for Sustainability Top 10 rating published recently.

This is the first study of its kind on companies offering technologies for sustainable and sustainable production in the chemical and rubber industry. The rating is compiled by experts from the European Rubber Journal, a leading global publication specializing in the tire and rubber industry.

In motivating their decision, the compilers of the rating drew attention to the very high-quality and well-developed scientific component of the technology offered by the Russian company. This is a one-step production of biobutadiene from bioethanol using a patented polyfunctional catalyst.

Butadiene is an important element for the production of a wide range of materials: rubber, from which automobile tires, computer equipment cases, surfaces of medical instruments, toys for children, as well as latexes, nylons and other products made of rubber and polymeric materials are made. In modern industry, the production of this valuable monomer is possible only from certain fractions of oil, while a large amount of CO2 is released into the atmosphere and high energy costs are required.

ETB technology allows the production of biobutadiene from ethanol, which, in turn, can be separated from biomass, at low temperature and atmospheric pressure, which significantly reduces energy costs, and also allows reducing carbon dioxide emissions by up to 3.5 times compared to oil cracking.
For several years, our team, specialists from the Kinetics and Catalysis Laboratory of the Chemistry Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University and the UNISIT company, have been conducting laboratory tests on the alternative synthesis of butadiene from ethanol. After successful results of laboratory tests, our team was able to attract investments from the Zavkom industrial group, as well as receive a grant from the Skolkovo IC. The funds raised are used for the design and construction of a pilot plant with a capacity of 2 tons of the product and for further testing and further development, the company said. We are very sensitive to environmental issues, so the goal of our business is to provide our customers with an environmentally efficient solution that helps to save the environment.
High process efficiency and low energy costs are key parameters. attracted the attention of experts from the European Rubber Journal. The ETB team received high marks from the jury and took second place in the rating.
It is an honor for ETB to receive high marks from experts and get into the Top 10 along with such companies as Trinseo, Continental, Mitsubishi Chemicals and others, the Skolkovo team said in a statement.
ETB was also previously selected as one of the 10 finalists in the New Energy Challenge competition, organized by Shell in partnership with Rockstart, Get in the Ring and YES! Delft. At the beginning of July, the first stage was completed, according to the results of which 10 companies, including ETB, out of more than 160 participants from the EU and Israel were selected for the Scale-Up category. In the final to be held in Holland in November, Shell will choose a winner. He will be able to pilot his development with Shell.

To date, ETB technology has successfully passed pilot tests at its plant in Tambov, where the scalability of the process has been confirmed. The next step in the development of the project is the construction of a pilot plant integrated into the production chain from biomass to a product for the consumer. To create such a chain, it is important to collaborate with major market players interested in sustainable solutions. In the Russian Federation, ETB is collaborating with one of the largest oil companies to implement the technology in the Tula region.

ETB holds patents in more than 20 countries around the world, including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, USA, Canada, Mexico and South Africa.
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