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LANXESS: AGQM certification for Baynox plus
Study confirms effectiveness of the new biodiesel stabilizer
Leverkusen – Specialty chemicals group LANXESS AG has been
awarded the much sought-after certification from the
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V. (AGQM) for
its new biodiesel stabilizer Baynox plus. In a six-month practical study,
the premium product proved its effectiveness and showed no interaction
with other additives. Even at a dose of 100 ppm, which corresponds to
just 100 grams per ton of biodiesel, Baynox plus increased the stability
of the environmentally friendly fuel considerably and extended its
storage capability significantly.
Baynox plus is ideal in particular for biodiesel made from vegetable oils
containing a large quantity of polyunsaturated fatty acids. This stabilizer
was developed by LANXESS to supplement Baynox, previously the only
biodiesel stabilizer to be approved by the German mineral oil providers.
Baynox plus is designed to reliably stabilize and extend the storage life
of highly oxidation-sensitive biodiesels made from soybean, sunflower
and even jatropha oil.
If the plant’s natural antioxidant, vitamin E, is not present in sufficient
quantities, the resulting environmentally friendly fuel can oxidize and go
rancid just like vegetable oils. When this happens, free fatty acids and
polymers form in the biodiesel, which can lead to corrosion and deposits
in the engine. Baynox, the butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) from
LANXESS, has been awarded “no harm” status by the German mineral
oil industry. This shows that the biodiesel stabilizer can be used to
enhance the shelf life of pure biodiesel and B5 blends with mineral
diesel. “Our products are of a consistently high quality, do not contain
sulfur or nitrogen, and combust without leaving residues in the engine,”
says Dr. Axel Ingendoh, the developer of biodiesel stabilizers.
“Although last year saw a drop in the market demand for biodiesel in
Germany due to the tax placed on pure biodiesel, with some
manufacturers even having to cut down on overcapacities, worldwide
demand for biodiesel remained high,” says Ralf Krüger, head of
Marketing for Chlorotoluenes & Derivatives in the Basic Chemicals
business unit, adding: “We anticipate sustained strong market growth for
the global Baynox business in the next few years. In the near future,
biodiesel will be made from “non-edible oils” instead of edible vegetable
oils, which will boost our market growth considerably. This development
will offer great potential for Baynox plus.” As Ingendoh explains:
“Biodiesel made from non-edible oils, such as jatropha from India and
Africa and karanja from China, is very sensitive to oxidation, which
means that it will not have a sufficiently long storage capability without
our highly effective stabilizer Baynox plus.”
For details on the chemical effects of Baynox and Baynox plus, the
problem of biodiesel oxidation, and information on particular products
and applications, visit the website
LANXESS is a leading specialty chemical company, with sales of EUR 6.61 billion in 2007
and approximately 14,600 employees in 21 countries around the world. The company has
operations at 47 sites worldwide. LANXESS’s core business comprises the development,
manufacture and sale of specialty chemicals, plastics, rubber and intermediates.
March 19, 2008
Forward-Looking Statements
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forecasts made by LANXESS AG management. Various known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future
results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates
given here. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking
statements or to conform them to future events or developments.
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