Since the introduction of furan NO-BAKE foundry binders, furfuryl alcohol has grown to the highest-volume derivative of furfural. The world’s biggest and most effective furfural hydrogenation plant, located near Antwerp (Belgium), is operated by IFC’s sister company TransFurans Chemicals, producing 40,000 MT annually.
Furfuryl alcohol production
Naturally occurring and readily replenishable agricultural residues like sugarcane bagasse (a byproduct of sugarcane harvesting), corn cobs, wood products or cereal byproducts such as the hulls of cotton seed, oats and rice make up a huge renewable feedstock for furfural production. The incoming furfural is produced at the world’s largest furfural facility: CRC, based in the Dominican Republic.
The selective Cu-catalyzed hydrogenation of furfural is the sole industrial route for furfuryl alcohol production. This process can be performed in gas or liquid phase. The world’s biggest and most effective furfural hydrogenation plant, located near Antwerp (Belgium), is operated by IFC’s sister company TransFurans Chemicals, producing 40,000 MT annually.
The furfural production process: from renewable sugarcane to sustainable chemicals
|Furfuryl Alcohol purity (%)||min. 98.0|
|Furfural content (%)||max. 0.7|
|Moisture content (%)||max. 0.3|
|Cloud Point (%)||max. 10|
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