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Green Polyurethane Takes EPA Honor

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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WASHINGTON--A new polyurethane technology that does not use isocyanates in the entire production process has been named one of the top green chemistry advances of 2015.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Hybrid Coating Technologies/ Nanotech Industries Inc. with a 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for its development of Hybrid Non-Isocyanate Polyurethane/Green Polyurethane.

About the Award

EPA named six winners from scores of entries this year, bringing to 104 the total number of winners over 20 years of the program.

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EPA

Hybrid Coating Technologies/Nanotech Industries, of Daly City, CA, has been recognized for “developing a safer, plant-based polyurethane for use on floors, furniture and in foam insulation.

The Green Chemistry Challenge Award program has received more than 1,500 nominations over that time. The EPA says the winning technologies have collectively reduced the use or generation of more than 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, saving 21 billion gallons of water, and eliminating 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent releases to air.

“From academia to business, we congratulate those who bring innovative solutions that will help solve some of the most critical environmental problems,” Jim Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said in announcing the winners Monday (July 13).

Isocyanates at Issue

Isocyanates are critical components used in conventional polyurethane products, such as coatings and foam. However, exposure to the chemicals is known to cause skin and respiratory problems, according to the EPA.

Isocyanates
CDC

Isocyanates are widely used in the manufacture of flexible and rigid foams, fibers, coatings such as paints and varnishes, and elastomers, and are increasingly used in the automobile industry, autobody repair, and building insulation materials, according to the CDC.

Prolonged exposure has also been known to cause severe asthma and even death. Isocyanates are also toxic to wildlife.

Due to these hazards, the EPA and other agencies regulate isocyanates.

‘Safer Technology’

Hybrid Coating Technologies/Nanotech Industries, of Daly City, CA, has been recognized for “developing a safer, plant-based polyurethane for use on floors, furniture and in foam insulation.”

The technology eliminates the use of isocyanates, EPA said.

The EPA noted that the company's polyurethane "is already in production, is reducing VOCs and costs, and is safer for people and the environment."

In a statement on the award, Hybrid Coating Technologies said it was pleased by the prestigious award and recognition.

“Hybrid has been working diligently for many years to improve the safety of polyurethanes and their application for coatings, foam, adhesives and sealants without sacrificing quality and performance,” said Joseph Kristul, president and CEO.

Kristul
Hybrid Coating Technologies

Joseph Kristul, president and CEO of Hybrid Coating Technologies, says his company is honored to be recognized for the technology.

Hybrid bills its patented technology as the only formulation in the world that produces polyurethane without the use of any isocyanates in the entire production process.

Other Winners

The other 2015 winners were:

Algenol in Fort Myers, FL, is being recognized for developing a blue-green algae to produce ethanol and other fuels.

LanzaTech in Skokie, IL, is being recognized for the development of a process that uses waste gas to produce fuels and chemicals, reducing companies’ carbon footprint.

SOLTEX (Synthetic Oils and Lubricants of Texas) in Houston, is being recognized for developing a new chemical reaction process that eliminates the use of water and reduces hazardous chemicals in the production of additives for lubricants and gasoline.

Renmatix in King of Prussia, PA, is being recognized for developing a process using supercritical water to more cost effectively break down plant material into sugars used as building blocks for renewable chemicals and fuels.

Professor Eugene Chen of Colorado State University is being recognized for developing a process that uses plant-based materials in the production of renewable chemicals and liquid fuels.

All winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

   

Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Coating chemistry; EPA; Green Chemistry Awards; Green coatings; Polyurethane; Spray foam

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