look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


Polyurethane Catches the Breeze

The winds of change are blowing through the wind turbines in Asia! Covestro, a supplier of polymers, has introduced yet another impactful polyurethane product. Their new design of rotor blades for wind turbines will soon contribute significantly to energy efficiency in Asia.  

What makes these blades so incredible? Polyurethane, of course! Covestro teamed up with Chongqing Polycomp International (CPIC) to fuse polyurethane resin with CPIC’s glass fiber mats. This combination of materials went through a vacuum pressure infusion system to create the rotor blade.

Rotor blades in the past had been produced with an epoxy resin. However,...

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Category: Environment

Dow’s Impact This Summer

“Da uma mãozinha”, the phrase for “to lend a helping hand” in Portuguese.

That is exactly what The Dow Chemical Company is doing this summer. Dow has been involved in nearly 20 projects revolving around venue construction, transportation, field-of-play technologies, and extended infrastructure including Deodoro Park. With the help of Dow’s polyurethane technology, Deodoro Park will be the home field to both the rugby and modern pentathlon competitions using a synthetic turf system.

Dow also implemented five strategic projects in various areas including infrastructure and agriculture. One project includes the adoption of polyurethane-based insulation panels...

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Category: Environment, Innovation Bonds

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!  Polyurethane helps to keep our oceans blue and our houses green. Polyurethane foam insulation is proven to be one of the most energy efficient ways to control the temperature inside our home. For example, a popular new “tiny house” structure utilizes PU insulation and other plastics to create a very efficient living space. 

So make sure you enjoy the Earth’s treasures today, and thank polyurethane for helping to protect them!

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Category: Environment

Honeywell Wins 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award

Contact: Lisa DryEmail: lisa_dry@americanchemistry.com

Award Presented at Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Orlando

ORLANDO (October 7, 2015) – The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that Honeywell’s Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) won the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award.

Honeywell’s winning entry, selected from among three finalists, was announced today during the Closing Session of the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Orlando. More than 1,000 polyurethanes professionals attended the conference. “Our finalists this year brought more than technical advancements—they delivered an inspiring reminder of the virtually limitless potential polyurethane materials hold,”...

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Category: 2015 Polyurethane Technical Conference, Environment

Polyurethane is swimming with the Sharks

Starting July 5th, you might see sharks on your television screen! Often, dive teams and film crews rely on the many talents of polyurethane to help them stay safe.  Polyurethane coatings and sealants are water-resistant and used to protect the exterior of diving equipment.  Spandex fibers in wet suits are lightweight and water-friendly providing divers a pleasant underwater experience as they film their shark friends. 

On the ocean surface, polyurethane foam used in boat insulation protects crew members from the salty sea air.  Likewise, flexible polyurethane foam used in seat cushions, allows these shark seekers to rest comfortably...

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Category: Environment
North America’s longest running polyurethanes conference will open with a one-of-a-kind, first-hand account of polyurethane innovations reaching new heights. The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is excited to announce that André Borschberg, one of the pilots and co-developer of the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft, will deliver the keynote address during the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Mr. Borschberg will chronicle the development and innovation behind the Solar Impulse adventure and highlight the role polyurethanes played in its success. The keynote address will be delivered during the opening session of conference in Orlando on October 5 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla. To learn more about registering for the conference, visit the conference website.
North America’s longest running polyurethanes conference will open with a one-of-a-kind, first-hand account of polyurethane innovations reaching new heights. The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is excited to announce that André Borschberg, one of the pilots and co-developer of the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft, will deliver the keynote address during the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Mr. Borschberg will chronicle the development and innovation behind the Solar Impulse adventure and highlight the role polyurethanes played in its success. The keynote address will be delivered during the opening session of conference in Orlando on October 5 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla. To learn more about registering for the conference, visit the conference website.

It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s Polyurethane!

Solar Impulse 2 has a BIG goal: to be the first airplane to fly day and night around the world using only solar power.

The solar-powered airplane, officially known as Solar Impulse 2, is in the midst of its five-month around-the-world trek. (Solar Impulse 1, which flew across America in 2013, was the prototype for the project.) Swiss aviator, researcher and psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard founded the Solar Impulse project more than a decade ago with former Swiss Air Force pilot André Borschberg – and the two share piloting duties.

During the day, 17,248 solar cells, which cover much...

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Category: Electronics, Environment

Polyurethane and the Great Outdoors

It’s that time of year again! Nothing beats experiencing the great outdoors on a beautiful spring day. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The bees are buzzing. However, did you know that while you’re running through the park, cycling on various trails, or camping in the woods, chemistry – including versatile, durable, incredible polyurethane – is helping you along the way?

Watch this video from chemicalsafetyfacts.org to learn more!

 

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Category: Apparel, Athletics, Environment

The City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) solar carport, featuring solar power panels to keep cars cool and generate energy. (iStock)

Polyurethane Adhesives and Coatings: A BRIGHT Idea!

In the recent article “The best idea in a long time: Covering parking lots with solar panels,” the Washington Post discussed how parking lots can be covered with solar panels to produce solar energy.

As discussed in the Washington Post Article, according to research conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the average city surface is 35 to 50 percent pavement and 40 percent of that is parking lots.

Solar panels, which are made using polyurethane adhesives and coatings, have the potential to be placed on the top of parking lots and help cool down the cars that...

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Category: Environment, Innovation Bonds
Advanced Simplicity general manager Antonio Pantalone shared details of how he is using polyurethane to minimize environmental impact of oil spills.
Advanced Simplicity general manager Antonio Pantalone shared details of how he is using polyurethane to minimize environmental impact of oil spills.

Polyurethane: minimizing environmental impact and cost of oil spills with Advanced Simplicity’s new creation

Advanced Simplicity general manager Antonio Pantalone recently shared the latest on a polyurethane product that can help emergency responders and government officials minimize both the environmental impact and cost of an oil spill cleanup. Find out more about this innovation below.

Q. Can you explain Advanced Simplicity’s recoilTMand how did idea happen?

A. recoil™ is an oil absorbent material that is designed to be easy to make, easy to use and versatile. It is designed to be a low tech material that can be rapidly produced with little training that allows larger groups of people to be engaged...

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference, Environment

Polyurethane at work to help the environment

How Polyurethane helps improve drainage and coastal stability

There’s an old saying: “When it rains, it pours.” This is certainly true of polyurethane’s environmental benefits because of its resistance to water.

Polyurethane’s inherent water resistance has helped create surfaces that mimic and coexist with nature while solving modern problems of stormwater runoff and erosion. Used as a binder for a number of different surfaces, polyurethane helps facilitate better water management in areas plagued by high rainfall levels and in coastal areas.

Stormwater Runoff

Stomwater runoff is one of the largest contributors of pollutants in our water systems. Water that travels...

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Category: Environment