A new process has been developed by BASF for the production of propylene oxide from hydrogen peroxide. Furthermore, BSF have built a pilot plant to demonstrate the process and collect data, from which they are designing plant capable of producing 250,000 metric tonnes.
The new process has the advantage over conventional processes that it produces water as the only by-product. It is also more flexible with regard to raw materials supply and it is also hoped to be extremely competitive.
Propylene oxide is the used to make polyols, from which polyurethanes are produced.
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