energy

Energy is a fundamental concept in both physics and environmental science, referring to the capacity to do work or produce change. It comes in various forms and can be converted from one form to another. In the context of modern society, harnessing energy efficiently and sustainably is crucial due to environmental concerns and the finite nature of fossil fuels. Three key sources of energy that are pivotal to the transition towards more sustainable energy systems include energy storage, wind energy, and solar farms. 

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batteries (energy storage)

Batteries store energy in chemical form and convert it to electrical energy when needed. They are essential for a wide range of applications, from portable electronics to electric vehicles (EVs) and grid storage. Batteries enable the storage of renewable energy, making it accessible during periods without sunlight or wind. The most common types today include lithium-ion batteries (known for their high energy density and long lifespan, they are widely used in portable electronics and EVs), lead-acid batteries (one of the oldest types of rechargeable batteries, used in vehicles and for backup power systems due to their reliability and cost-effectiveness, and flow batteries (suited for stationary energy storage, such as grid support, because they can scale easily and offer long discharge times). Advancements in battery technology focus on increasing energy density, reducing costs, and utilizing materials that are abundant and environmentally friendly.

wind energy (wind turbines)

Wind energy is captured by wind turbines, sometimes still colloquially referred to as "wind mills." These turbines convert the kinetic energy from wind into mechanical power, which can then be converted into electricity. Wind farms, consisting of many turbines, are established in areas with consistent, strong winds. Key aspects include onshore wind farms (located on land, generally easier and cheaper to install but can face opposition due to noise and visual impact), and offshore wind farms (located off the coast in bodies of water, benefitting from stronger and more consistent winds, though more expensive and technically challenging to install). Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing renewable energy sources worldwide due to its low operating costs and the absence of greenhouse gas emissions during operation.

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solar farm
solar energy (solar farms)

Solar farms are large-scale installations of solar panels that convert sunlight directly into electricity using photovoltaic (PV) technology. They can range from small, community-based projects to massive industrial operations covering hundreds of acres. Solar farms use Photovoltaic (PV) Panels (comprised of semiconductor materials (commonly silicon), which generate electricity when exposed to sunlight), and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) (uses mirrors or lenses to concentrate sunlight onto a small area to produce heat, which then generates electricity through conventional steam turbines). Solar energy is abundant, sustainable, and produces no emissions during operation.

reduce glue discoloration with intermediates
infrastructure waterproof wood adhesives

Wood glue is specially formulated to penetrate wood fibers. Popular with professionals in construction and woodworkers when bonding high resin lumber, polyurethane glue is used to achieve a complete waterproof adhesive. Indapro™ Intermediate is used in manufacturing waterproof wood glue where working time and cure time are crucial. It also helps minimize the discoloration that can occur when bonding high-resin lumber woods.

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providing strong environmental resistance
infrastructure industrial maintenance coatings

Industrial coatings offer protective properties in particular corrosion prevention and weatherproofing. Many compounds can accelerate corrosion calling for the need for a robust and easy to maintain coating. Polyol-based polyurethane coatings exhibit good chemical resistance to cold and hot water, organic and inorganic acids, caustic, diesel fuel, gasoline, and other commonly encountered chemicals. Castorcin™ Polyol Series cures in a wide range of environments, protects against chemicals, and exhibits good UV exposure stability.

industrial maintenance coatings
precision and consistency with intermediates
infrastructure colorants that ‘pop’

Colorants can be complex as it needs to be strong and stable. Colorant dispersants deliver precise color in paint, enabling formulators to stay one step ahead of the latest eye-catching trends. Select dispersants allow the use of a wide variety of colorants all while decreasing the amount of unsustainable and label-unfriendly biocides, compatibilizers, and surfactants needed. This is increasingly important as regulations become tighter and raw materials become scarcer. Xiran Dispersant has been shown to bring colors to life; when working in combination with sister dispersants or third-party additives, to achieve a range of performance benefits.

colorants that pop
preserve vibrant colors with intermediates
infrastructure furniture paint

Beautiful wooden furniture has an emotional connection for many people. Subject to daily wear and tear, furniture such as desks, chairs, and tables, are in need of more than just esthetics. Formulators add pigment dispersants by harmonizing the ingredients to maximize color. These dispersants can also make the paint look better for longer; for example, by boosting the water resistance of the surface thanks to their unique structure. In extensive tests, Xiran Dispersants outperformed benchmark pigment dispersants in industrial wood applications – meeting the high standards in stain and scratch resistance required by leading furniture brands.

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minimize discoloration with intermediates
infrastructure wall paint

Consumers and businesses alike want wall paint with great pigment color that lasts – and is resistant to scratches and marks (as well as water and sunlight). Pigment dispersants help paint formulators create better-performing wall paint that complies with the latest trends– for a healthier, more sustainable product with low odor, fewer VOCs, and less need for chemical surfactants and co-dispersants. Our Xiran Dispersant technology has been shown to achieve this, all while maintaining excellent color properties.

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