Carbon dioxide dosing, water desalination, and carbon capture for greenhouses

Feb 19, 2019

Crop science and agro-tech are hot discussion points in the German and global chemicals press today. We often read about the transformations inside Bayer, as it shifts its focus towards these product groups through its recent Covestro Materials Science division spin-off, which now encapsulates its former specialty chemicals and polymers businesses. BASF is also catching up in this agro-tech market, which its recent business acquisitions from Bayer that see it enter the seeds, non-selective herbicides, and nematicide seed treatments product groups to complement its established position in crop protection products and digital farming.

The agro-tech topic is of great interest the broader energy and chemicals space, where Nexant is a leading global advisory firm, with ammonia and fertilizer production being intrinsically linked to natural gas sourcing and other crop growth enhancers, such as CO2, being produced as by-products from refineries and bio renewables. Market studies, such as the “Biorenewables Insights –Ethanol as a platform Chemical” published in October 2018, are of interest to this sector from two directions: ethanol fermentation relies on crops grown using modern agro-tech and it is also a natural and renewable source of CO2 for eco-sensitive food production applications.

Additionally, Nexant wrote “Market Insights: Specialty Fertilizers – 2018”. It provides a comprehensive review of the global Specialty Fertilizers market and includes discussion regarding key market drivers and constraints, including regulatory, environmental, consumer, and technology trends across nine global regions from North America through EMEA to Asia Pacific and China.

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