I blog a lot about what Agilent does in markets such as food safety, healthcare and the environment. But we also made big news recently in the energy and chemical industry.
Hydrocarbons are chemical compounds found in petroleum, crude oil and natural gas. Hydrocarbon ethylene is the single most important organic chemical in the world, with 134 million tons produced every year. Hydrocarbon propylene is not far behind, with 94 million tons produced every year.
Why? These chemicals are the main components in plastics, fibers, rubbers, explosives and industrial chemicals. You could say that the energy and industry of the entire world depend on hydrocarbons.
But there’s a problem. Our ability to produce these hydrocarbons depends on the raw materials (“feedstocks”) used to manufacture them. “Feedstocks are bottleneck assets because their availability determines the availability to make products.” (ThoughtCo.)
That’s where Agilent comes in. We have developed a method to test impurities in the feedstocks used for ethylene and propylene. And this method has now been adopted as an international standard by ASTM International, the worldwide standards organization.
“The value of ethylene and propylene is partially based on purity,” says Agilent’s Shannon Coleman, “making accurate, low-level analysis and standardization important.
“This method analyzes permanent gasses such as hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, methane, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide to levels as low as parts-per-billion.”
Agilent not only complies with worldwide standards – we help drive them as well!
You can find out more in this YouTube video.
For more information go to:
- Hydrocarbon (Encyclopædia Britannica)
- Ethylene (Essential Chemistry)
- Propylene (Essential Chemistry)
- Feedstock Definition and Examples (ThoughtCo.)
- New ASTM International Standard Helps Meet Need for Hydrocarbon Impurity Testing
- Fueling Our World: ASTM Committee D02 (YouTube)
- Agilent Energy & Chemicals Solutions