Three Innovative Dow Technologies Short-listed for 2016 IChemE Global Awards
Water scarcity, energy efficiency in building design, curbing tax fraud due to fuel laundering: Dow technologies offer solutions to help solve world challenges
“We innovate to create products that provide solutions to world challenges, while addressing key customer needs,” said A.N. Sreeram, senior vice president, R&D, and chief technology officer. “Receiving recognition from the IChemE shows that we are highly innovative in the science and engineering we employ, truly pushing the envelope. IChemE Awards are global, like Dow. We have deep customer engagement around the world through our network of global R&D centers. Our three finalists are testament of our commitment to provide innovative solutions to our customers around the globe.”
IChemE received nearly 500 submissions, a record number since the award’s inception in 1994. Nominees are evaluated on originality, innovation, evidence of potential or achieved technical and/or business success, environmental benefits, impact on stakeholders, and potential for wider application.
Dow technologies are finalists for the following awards:
Innovative Product Award – This award recognizes the best product originating from the process industries to be manufactured commercially after July 2013. The product should demonstrate innovation, and a social, commercial, safety and/or environmental benefit.
- ACCUTRACE™ S10 Molecular Fuel Marker empowers governments to curb tax fraud by authenticating petroleum products for their intended use (such as agriculture and home heating) and prevent them being sold into higher taxed uses (such as vehicles for road transport) with a chemistry highly resistant to removal through known fuel laundering techniques. In addition to protecting tax revenue, an effective fuel marking solution supports the reduction of hazardous waste dumping and other environmental health detriments associated with fuel laundering. Made of the same elements as fuel itself, ACCUTRACE™ markers do not add any ozone-depleting additives or corrosive properties.
Energy Award – The best project or process to demonstrate innovation in renewable, alternative or nuclear energy, efficient energy use or the development of energy production methods that reduce energy intensity is recognized by this award.
- High strength insulating glass sealant – Dow Corning® 3363 is a new insulating glass sealant technology developed with approximately 50 percent higher strength than conventional material. This technology allows architects to continue designing innovative glass façades while ensuring the thermal, acoustic and durable performances of the buildings at optimized manufacturer’s productivity.
Water Award – The best project or process demonstrating innovation in water use, cleanup and reuse, with a particular emphasis on reducing environmental impact while preserving commercial viability, is recognized by this award.
- Tarragona DEMOWARE industrial water reuse project – Advanced reverse osmosis membranes from Dow Water & Process Solutions enable industrial water reuse in the water-scarce region of Camp de Tarragona, Spain. The Camp de Tarragona Advanced Water Reclamation Plant uses a combination of DOW FILMTEC™ BW30XFR-400/34i extra fouling resistant membranes and DOW FILMTEC™LE-440i low-energy membranes to reduce the strain on limited, local freshwater resources caused by supplying the water needs of companies within the Camp de Tarragona petrochemical complex. As part of the complex, Dow also uses the recycled water, reducing our water footprint in the region. Dow Tarragona’s cooling towers have increased the number of cycles they can operate with the same amount of water without scaling, corrosion or bio-growth tendency. Cooling tower blowdown has also been reduced by 49 percent.
The IChemE Global Award winners will be announced on November 3, 2016, during a ceremony at The Palace Hotel in Manchester, UK.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,500 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. On June 1, 2016, Dow became the 100 percent owner of Dow Corning Corporation’s silicones business, a global company with sales of greater than $4.5 billion in 2015, 25 manufacturing sites in 9 countries and approximately 10,000 employees worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
About the IChemE Awards
The IChemE Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical, biochemical and process industries.
The first IChemE Awards – originally called the Excellence in Safety and Environment Awards – were held on 23 March 1994 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, UK. The IChemE Singapore Awards and IChemE North America Awards were established in 2012, followed by the IChemE Malaysia Awards in 2013. The IChemE Awards were re-named the IChemE Global Awards in 2013 in response to growing international interest.
The Energy Award and Water Award are the oldest surviving award categories – both first appeared in 1994. BP is the most successful organisation in IChemE Awards history – they have won nine times since 1994. Sellafield Ltd is their closest challenger with eight awards. Entries from 14 different countries have triumphed at the IChemE Awards. Successful nations include Bangladesh, Australia, Nigeria, Denmark, Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Germany, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore Switzerland, Portugal, USA and South Africa. Further info: www.icheme.org/awards.