Commercial technologies for producing solar grade polysilicon have been reviewed. Cost of production estimates for the chemical vapor deposition and the fluidized bed reactor (granular) polysilicon processes have been developed. Commercial applications and regional supply/demand analysis are included.
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Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) production technologies have been reviewed. Regional costs of production have been evaluated for continuous bulk and suspension polymerization processes, as well as batch cell cast and continuous batch syrup processes. Global and regional supply/demand for PMMA is included.
Commercial lubricant base oil production technologies (traditional refining, hydroprocessing, gas-to-liquids (GTL), and poly-alpha-olefin (PAO)) and developing biotechnologies have been reviewed. Process economics have been developed in the context of increasingly favorable natural gas prices and more stringent environmental regulations. Regional supply/demand balance for lube oils are included.
Carbon fiber manufacture and regional cost of production economics from PAN and mesophase pitch precursors are evaluated. An overview of the outstanding properties of the material and its downstream fabrication into composite is discussed. Commercial applications as well as global and regional supply/demand market dynamics are included.
Polyacetal/polyoxymethylene (POM) production and technology trends are discussed. Costs of production economics are given for homopolymer and copolymer solutions, and bulk copolymer processes. Supply/demand analysis is given.
The chemistry and production technology for cyclic olefin copolymers are reviewed. Costs of production have been estimated. Costs of production for competing polycarbonate and PMMA polymers have been developed for comparison. Mechanical properties, processability and performance, and how they compare to the materials they compete with are discussed.
Nexant has reviewed the relatively new commercial glycerol to epichlorohydrin technology and developed cost of production estimates for its production. Technology and epichlorohydrin production cost estimates via allyl chloride and via allyl alcohol routes, as well as speculative acrolein based route are reviewed.
The chemistry, process technology, and production economics for LAB manufacture are presented. Economics for n-parrafins and LAB production via HF and solid catalyst are provided. The Detal analysis includes the impact of UOP’s incorporation of a transalkylation step.
The technology and production economics for thermoplastic wood composites are presented for this growing area. Polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC based composites are assessed. In addition, a market outlook for N. America, W. Europe and China is presented.
The chemistry, process technology and production economics for polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is presented. Supplier profiles and market outlook are also given.