09 Apr '11, 10pm

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So, why is this important? For one, the solvent isn’t volatile. All of this works at room temperature. Second, and related to the first point, no external heat source is required to trigger the different phases, so this is a low-energy process compared to what’s required to manipulate conventional industrial solvents. The applications, as you’ll read in the column, are many. You can use the eco-solvent to recycle Styrofoam and foam food containers. You can use it to efficiently separate the oils in soybeans, flax seeds, algae and similar sources used in the production of biofuels. The solvent is also great for use in the oil sands — i.e. instead of using huge amounts of natural gas to make steam or heat up water to remove bitumen from sands, the solvent can do it using no steam, meaning no natural gas. The solvents are also infinitely recycleable. And finally, the solvents...

Full article: http://www.cleanbreak.ca/2011/04/09/eco-friendly-solvents...

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