Issue Date: May 4, 2009
Evonik Starts Up Biodiesel Catalysts
Evonik Industries has completed a sodium methylate plant at its Mobile, Ala., complex. Sodium methylate is a catalyst that helps make biodiesel and glycerin from triglycerides and methanol. The plant, Evonik's first of its kind in the U.S., has a capacity of 60,000 metric tons per year. "In view of the intensive debate on climate protection, we anticipate clear, double-digit growth for the biodiesel market over the medium term," says Klaus Engel, chairman of the executive board at Evonik.
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