Sulzer and BASF to Collaborate on Enhancing Renewable Fuels

BASF and Sulzer Chemtech (GTC Technology) bave signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create more sustainable solutions. Both partners will work to produce advanced technologies for chemically recycled plastic and renewable fuels.

This strategic partnership by both partners will reduce the carbon contribution to renewable diesel and aviation fuel. They will develop new and innovative cost-effective chemical processing solutions to help convert plastic waste into new plastics more effectively. 

The collaboration will integrate BASF’s high-performance adsorbents and catalysts with Chemtech’s capabilities in licensed processing technologies and mass transfer equipment. 

Torsten Wintergerste, President at Sulzer Chemtech, said, ‘Our process technology development team is continuously looking at new ways to support more sustainable, circular practices. The MoU with BASF allows us to broaden the scope of our portfolio and will lead to improved value offerings in both renewable fuels and the plastics recycling value chain. We look forward to working together to deliver advanced technologies that help our customers accelerate their path to net zero carbon emissions.’

About Sulzer Chemtech 

Sulzer Chemtech has, since its inception, harnessed resources to help global producers achieve net-zero carbon ambitions. It is a company that licenses process technologies for renewable fuels and chemical recycling of plastics.

Sulzer strengthened its Chemtech business by acquiring GTC in 2019. GTC is a leading technology company that offers proprietary processes and equipment for the production of petrochemicals. These processes are engineered in-house, with a strong focus on aromatization, BTX recovery, C5 processing, and gas to liquids processing.

When Sulzer acquired GTC, it provided a swift market entry for Sulzer into the attractive technology licensing business. Sulzer Chemtech is now a leader in separation and mixing technology. The company supports ambitious projects that reduce the environmental impact of plastic products and manufacturing. 

In March, Sulzer Chemtech signed an agreement to provide Malaysia with a Bioflux technology package. This facility will produce sustainable fuels with little to no greenhouse gas emissions, by using pretreated renewable feedstock. They will utilize plant-based oils to produce renewable diesel(HVO), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and renewable naphtha as a byproduct.

About BASF

While SULZER Chemtech is a licensor, BASF Process Catalysts focuses on innovative ways to turn plastic waste into a secondary raw material. Back in July, BASF launched a new line of advanced high-performance products called Puricycle. These products will purify complex waste plastics using the newly designed catalysts and adsorbents to remove or convert a wide range of impurities in pyrolysis oils. 

In chemical plastics recycling, pyrolysis oil purification is among the most demanding technical tasks. Compounds of halogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur, as well as higher levels of reactive components such as dienes are impurities that complicate the downstream use of pyrolysis oil. PuriCycle will help minimize waste, close the plastics loop, and ultimately open up new feedstocks for the chemical industry.

Detlef Ruff, Senior Vice President, Process Catalysts at BASF said, ‘Global plastic pollution and sustainable mobility are challenges that we can solve by joining forces with partners. This is why we at BASF are involved in key strategic collaborations aimed at protecting our planet’s resources and transforming the way we do business. We are excited to work with Sulzer Chemtech and use our combined strengths to address plastic pollution and drive the adoption of more sustainable fuels.’

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