Clariant has launched a new bio-based additive to reduce the dependency on fossil fuel-based additives that are currently on offer in the market, they have teamed up with renewable hydrocarbon producer Neste to offer a wide range of such additives that are produced on mass balance certified ethylene and propylene. These compounds are used directly from a renewable feedstock with the properties and delivery of high performance and reliability at high temperatures and pressures. It is a great initiative to kick-start the greener additives business and especially from the renewable feedstock, as it reduces the burden on the fossil fuel-based additives and also converges on the global aims of cutting down the greenhouse gas emissions and their respective carbon footprints.
The new “TERRA” designated additives versions that are to be launched by the company are both a step in the right direction as well as the technical intent and zeal that is needed to promote the greener revolution in the world. These additives, which are produced from renewable feedstocks, are halogen-free and fire retardants, which is a basic desirable property in any lubricating additives that are used in the industry today.
Additives are generally used in the production of lubricating oils and other forms of waxes so as to transform the properties from the basic delivered ones to the desired ones according to the respective applications, and these additives are then added to the processed oils and heated until the chemical properties change and are suited for the application process.
The pollution caused by the fossil fuel-based additives has been a bone of contention in many United Nations Climate Change conference as the energy needs of the world are on a dramatic rise thus so is the lubrication business because the conventional form of energy conversion uses moving parts ad friction which is the biggest source of efficiency loss is to be overcome with the use of lubricating agents.
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