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Henkel partners with NC State University for power electronics applications

February 20/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Henkel says it has entered a research partnership with North Carolina State (NC State) University’s Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Engineering Research Center, to study the impact of materials technology on power electronics applications, said Chemweek.

Henkel has joined the research center as an associate member and will also leverage services from NC State’s Packaging Research in Electronic Energy Systems (PREES) lab facilities as part of the agreement, the company says.

“The demands on power electronics across many applications are immense,” says Justin Kolbe, director/market strategy for Henkel’s power and industrial automation business. “The often-contradictory objectives of increased power densities, high reliability, expansive functionality, and cost efficiency are driving new approaches to systems design."

Henkel believes relationships with academia have broad benefit, facilitating acceleration of market-ready solutions for some of the industry’s most significant challenges, and says it has partnered with the university on various projects in the past. “Most recently, Henkel’s team provided specialized materials that enabled us to meet aggressive targets in the design of a high-power electric vehicle fast charger. We see many areas such as this where our relationship can bring notable results,” says Iqbal Husain, professor of electrical engineering and director at FREEDM, noting the new association marks a more formal collaboration.

As MRC informed earlier, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (Dusseldorf, Germany) announced that Henkel Adhesives Technologies has officially inaugurated its new production facility in Kurkumbh, India.

Henkel are also partnering with Borealis and plastics solutions company Borouge to develop  flexible packaging solutions for detergents containing both virgin polyethylene (PE) and high amounts of post-consumer recyclate (PCR) in efforts to increase sustainability.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,220,640 tonnes in 2020, up by 2% year on year. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased. At the same time, polypropylene (PP) shipments to the Russian market reached 1 240,000 tonnes in 2020 (calculated using the formula: production, minus exports, plus imports, excluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply of exclusively PP random copolymer increased.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, household chemicals, petrochemistry, Henkel.
Category:General News
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