Process Solutions for Purified Liquids and Blended Powders for Battery Materials

  Photo by Huebert World on Unsplash Lithium ion battery (LIB) manufacturers represent a new market segment for process solutions. As I discussed in my recent column in Chemical Processing, Barry on Batteries, you need solid-liquid separation technology to produce purified electrolyte liquids and blended powders. Here I’ll expand on my thinking about how existing chemical industry tech can adapt to battery materials needs. Process solutions for purified liquids High purity and high product…


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Lithium Industry Innovation is Ongoing

Credit: unsplash.com Lithium industry innovation is widely apparent, and P&ID is proud to be part of the ongoing development. While speaking at the International Battery Seminar & Conference, I was excited to hear the latest lithium supply chain innovations, especially as they reflected thinking I was already doing for my web-exclusive Chemical Processing column, Barry on Batteries. Take conventional lithium mining. Traditionally lithium production involves mining of lithium-containing…


Transparency and the Chemical Process Industry

Photo by Bas van den Eijkhof on Unsplash Transparency is good in government, public service, politics, your personal life, and — of course — in business. Think of buyers and sellers…EBay, Airbnb and Uber. We all want more transparency — especially in the current turbulent times. Transparency helps in information gathering, coordination, accountability and decision-making. But what about in the Chemical Process Industry (CPI)? On one hand, transparency is important for safety and process…


Cruising Into a Future with LNG

Photo by Alonso Reyes on Unsplash In mid-April, I attended GasTech 2017 in Tokyo. The focus of GasTech was Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and its impact on the world’s energy balance, carbon emissions, and technology. Now, I didn’t take a cruise ship all of the way from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Japan, but there are some interesting overlaps between LNG and cruising. Why Liquefied Natural Gas First, we need to understand LNG and its growing market share. LNG is an odorless, colorless and…


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Build Your Library with Basics

Photo by Paul Melki on Unsplash With the advent of e-books and our ability to access archives of trade magazines online, it’s become easier for engineers to have ready access to a rich, professional library. This is especially good if you had to complete some work during March Madness; hope you picked the winner in your brackets. Let me know how you did. Nevertheless, it’s a great idea to build a library of engineering reference books all of your own. Dirk Willard, in a Chemical Processing…