Company of the month – Haldor Topsøe

Haldor Topsøe is featured as this months company in our newsletter.

Chemical plantHaldor Topsøe is a world leader in catalysis and surface science. This enables Topsøe to provide technical solutions that contribute to making the world a better and cleaner place for billions of people.

By enabling energy efficient transformation of resources into chemicals, Topsøe helps to fuel and feed the globe. The production of fertilizers is an essential part of enabling efficient agriculture and the production of food for more than 7 billion people. Currently, more than half of the global production of ammonia is produced using Topsøe technology and catalysts.

Clean fuels for our cars and trucks are important elements in using fossil resources responsibly. In previous times, sulfur emissions and acidic rain led to the disruption of forest areas and natural habitats and led to poor air quality in populated areas. Today, sulfur free fuels are produced at refineries using catalytic sulfur removal technologies. Topsøe is a world leader in sulfur removal technology and has developed highly active catalysts that enable sulfur to be removed effectively and at low cost. Related to this, Topsøe has also developed catalysts that can convert nitrous oxide (NOx) which is often formed in combustion processes into harmless nitrogen and oxygen.

Topsoe catalysts2Within biomass conversion, Topsøe has been active for many years in developing processes that can convert e.g. wood into high-octane gasoline and black liquor (by-product from paper pulping) into dimethyl ether, which can be used as a clean diesel fuel. Several successful demonstrations of the technologies have been carried out in both Europe and the US.

Topsøe is currently developing technology and catalysts that enable biomass to be used as a feedstock for the production of chemicals. These processes will enable biomass to become a cost-competitive alternative to oil and can lead to entirely new chemical building blocks for the chemical industry. This could enable the production of green chemicals having reduced CO2 footprints.

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