Our products are used in a wide variety of applications globally and are subject to international chemical control and use-specific requirements.
To help our customers understand the requirements associated with our products, we have developed a wide range of certifications, information statements and guidance documents which are available in our Resource Library. This includes our comprehensive Safety Data Sheets (SDS), our European Union Regulation Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (EU REACH) Only Representative communication package, and product stewardship summaries for our key products developed as part of our membership in the American Chemical Council's Responsible Care® program. Through our participation in the International Carbon Black Association (ICBA), we've published a comprehensive carbon black user guide and an information sheet on dust management.
We encourage you to visit our library to learn more about handling and working with our products in a safe manner.
Effective Method for Biogas Purification
Biogas that is generated by the breakdown of organic matter at landfills and digesters plays an important role as a sustainable source of energy.
Our activated carbon products purify biogas by removing undesirable impurities such as hydrogen sulfide and siloxanes from the raw gas. These and other impurities must be removed from the biogas before it can be used to generate electricity, or sold as an alternative to natural gas. Our activated carbon products help reduce equipment damage and downtime, ensure emission targets are met and meet gas purity specifications, and they have become a key component in the production of this renewable energy source. With increasing needs for improved, clean biogas for automotive fuel and other applications, we more than quadrupled our sales in the biogas market in 2016 compared to 2015. Our uniquely designed purification technology is poised to become an even more important part of biogas energy production in the future.
Aerogel Insulating Plasters Enable Increased Energy Savings in Buildings
Due to the initial high cost of the product, the spectrum of uses seemed limited at first. Through a joint effort with our partner, Fixit AG, we enabled the next step toward market adoption by lowering the price of the aerogel plaster, thereby making it more accessible to a broader group of users. This change enabled a significant increase in application uses. Specifically, PROCERAM GmbH & Co. KG utilized Fixit aerogel insulating plaster in the renovation of an entire 8-story apartment complex near Berlin, Germany. By applying a 60 millimeter thick layer of the aerogel plaster, the building was able to achieve significant energy savings. Existing facades can now be insulated without changing the appearance of the building while also achieving significant energy savings of up to 70%.
Battery Additives Improve Energy Storage Performance
As such, it is vitally important to make the existing lead-acid batteries more efficient, able to accept a fast re-charge, offer a wide operating temperature range, and have an increased cycle life and stable voltage plateau. Our PBX® carbon additives enable battery developers to improve the durability and performance of batteries. In 2016, we made our first breakthrough in India by offering commercial quantities of our PBX carbon additive for use in batteries that offer improved dynamic charge acceptance and increased cycle life. Our PBX products are now supporting India’s quest for sustainable, reliable energy storage systems.
Unlocking Cesium from Filter Waste
Due to a limited global supply of cesium ore and to minimize our environmental impact through mining, we supply cesium to customers through a unique fluid rental model.
This model enables customers to return used cesium formate brine to Cabot. When fluid is returned to us it often contains contaminants and additives that need to be removed before the fluid can be utilized again. A number of steps are taken to return the fluid to its original condition, including precipitation reactions and filtration. We recognized that cesium was being lost during this reclamation process and conducted an experimental study to quantify the amount lost and then identify the source of the losses and optimize the process. It was determined that significant losses of cesium occurred during filtration. We made a number of changes to the filtration process, including upgrades to our existing equipment and changes in operating procedures. As a result of the changes made, we significantly reduced losses. These savings reduce the volume of raw materials required for production and move us closer to a “closed loop” model.
Working Safely With Graphenes
We are committed to ensuring the safety of our employees, and end users of our products. This includes graphene-based materials that we have been developing over the last five years.
This multifunctional class of carbons has the potential to deliver breakthrough performance in many valuable applications and essentially “do more with less.” When we first started working with graphenes, there was very little toxicology and safety data available. Through contacts at the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) we understood that academic and government researchers were also interested in studying the health effects of these new materials with great commercial potential. This eventually led to collaborations between Cabot and NIOSH and with leading Korean researchers to conduct toxicology studies. The results of this research have since been used to update our Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and have been communicated to our workers and downstream users.
Advancing Our Customers
We are constantly working with our customers to find innovative solutions that will help them advance their own products. In many cases, this allows us to work with customers who have their own ambitions for sustainability by developing products with superior efficiency, durability, or cutting edge applications like those for renewable energy.