Eco-friendly solvents Rhodiasolv® IRIS supported by the European Life+ program
New generation of eco-friendly solvents
LIFE+ and ADEME supported Solvay’s industrial pilot
With a funding envelope of €2 billion (2007-2013), the LIFE+ program of the European Commission was set up to provide funding for European value-added demonstrative or pilot projects contributing to the implementation and development of environmental policies and legislation at a pan-European level.
The financial support provided by the LIFE+ program and ADEME has enabled Solvay to design and demonstrate the industrial feasibility of energy-efficient manufacturing processes capable of making more effective use of raw materials.
Solvay has designed an original catalytic process using a by-product from the polyamide chain that until now was burnt off. The conversion of this by-product into a useful raw material helps optimize the use of petrochemical resources and reduce the environmental footprint of industrial activities.
The Rhodiasolv® IRIS industrial pilot program is currently being developed in Solvay’s Research & Innovation Center in Lyon (France). Solvay has run a life cycle analysis, carbon footprint and economic-technical analysis to design this new industrial process. The industrial pilot program has been finalized by the first semester of 2014.
Design more sustainable process and products for solvents-based solutions.
- Safer and non-toxic solvents
In line with European directives and the French "Deuxième Plan National Santé Environnement - PNSE2", Solvay provides safe alternatives to currently available toxic solvents such as n-methyl-pyrrolidone (NMP) and dichloromethane.
- Less or no solvent emissions
Following the Directive 1999/13/EC for reduction of solvent emissions, Solvay targets replacing volatile solvent emissions.