Catalysts: How Can we Realize Breathtaking Growth without Running out of Breath?
Clean air is essential for a healthy life. Yet with a rapidly growing global population, demanding increasing levels of prosperity, the world is witnessing an increase in fossil fuel consumption and experiencing the subsequent problems associated with air pollution. Improved catalysts provide a partial solution. Through their development and use for cleaning exhaust gases, harmful emissions are greatly reduced. When applied in chemical processes, catalysts increase the efficiency of the reactions and at their best, provide higher yields, generate lower emissions and reduce raw material consumption all at the same time.
As an IBU-tec customer, you have access to state-of-the-art technology, such as rotary kilns for inert conditions and unique pulsation reactors for the development and production of custom catalytic supports and highly reactive catalytic materials. The result: innovative solutions for the customer and better air quality for everyone.
For the development and production of catalysts, we offer our customers a full portfolio of services and cutting edge technologies. We have a full range of rotary kilns, including some that can operate with inert atmospheres. Our one of a kind pulsation reactors are used to produce highly active catalytic materials by means of thermal shock treatment. The end result: innovative solutions for our customers and better air for all of us.
Battery Materials: How Do We Move from Today to Tomorrow?
In the future, when we have to get from point A to point B, the method we use must be environmentally friendly and resource-efficient, yet comfortable and convenient. Renewable energy sources are already here, all that is needed now for the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner tech is efficient electric storage, which is practical and safe to use, sustainably produced and affordable. That makes Batteries the key to electro-mobility and to an environmentally friendly energy revolution.
At the core of every new generation of batteries are innovative materials with special characteristics. For example, in modern lithium-iron-phosphate batteries nontoxic iron phosphate replaces the conventionally used hazardous nickel and cobalt oxides, while also ensuring greater safety, longer lifespan and superior protection of the environment.
With our expertise in thermal processing and a wide range of rotary kilns, IBU-tec works closely with customers to develop and scale up optimized production processes specifically designed for this type of material.
As part of our process development service; IBU-tec can carry out pilot production runs to minimize time to market for its customers’ products.
Rare Earth Elements: Can we Reuse Rare Earth Elements?
Rare earth resources, modern life is inconceivable without them. Whether Smartphone, computer or flat screen, virtually all IT products contain rare earth. From wind turbines, camera lenses and hybrid cars, from fuel cell electrodes to magnesium alloys in airplane construction, rare earth elements are everywhere. Some refer to rare earths as the oil of the future. However, rare earths are often difficult to access and their mining is costly and environmentally problematic.
So how can we use these sought-after and expensive substances more efficiently? Working together with our customers, IBU-tec has developed processes that allow us to recover and recycle rare earth elements This gives customers clear advantages; it secures stable, predictable material costs regardless of current commodity prices and significantly reduces their dependence on new raw material imports. Of course, more efficient use of rare earth elements also saves natural resources and helps to protect the environment.
Building Materials: How do we build for the future without obstructing it?
We all need our own four walls. With population growth and rising global prosperity, the ever increasing need for buildings of every sort and subsequent demand for construction materials to build them is increasing. Chief among those materials is cement. Worldwide, four billion metric tons of it is produced every year. Cement production consumes enormous amounts of energy. Aside from the massive energy use, the burning of the lime in the production process releases massive amounts of CO2; this single process accounts for about five percent of annual global CO2 emissions, one of the primary greenhouse gases.
At IBU-tec, we are working with our customers and research institutes to develop new material mixtures for cement that help make the production process more environmentally friendly. For example, limestone is increasingly being replaced by ash and slag – waste products of steel production and coal-fired electricity generation. By using less limestone, we can not only help to reduce the CO2 emissions but also to use resources more efficiently