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1:04 PM  September 20, 2019

A major glass manufacturer could build a plant using TSU technology

© предоставлено ИХТЦ ТГУA major glass manufacturer could build a plant using TSU technology

TOMSK, Sep 20 – RIA Tomsk. Soda production plant using technology developed by Tomsk State University (TSU) scientists can be built by "Sibsteklo" Novosibirsk company, its development director Sergey Lukyantsev told RIA Tomsk; he specified that pilot tests of experimental and industrial plant were successful, annual production of natural soda can be up to 150 thousand tons.

Commodity independence

"We have completed the first stage of testing of the experimental-industrial plant created using the technology of the Engineering Center of Chemical Technology of Tomsk State University (TSU ECCT). It allows to produce soda ash from natural soda. There is still much work to be done, but today we can already say that the desired result is high probability will be obtained", – Lukyantsev said.

"Sibsteklo" – is one of the largest Russian factories producing glass containers for the food industry. And soda – is one of the two main components of a glass charge (along with quartz sand). In the country it is produced in two places – in Bashkiria and in the Crimea. "We depend heavily on suppliers' prices. Prices for soda and its delivery are growing permanently. Therefore we would like to have our own source of raw materials", – says Lukyantsev.

According to him, a feasibility study for industrial production now is being prepared, a decision on the construction of a plant using Tomsk technology will be made in the first quarter of 2020. Annual production can be up to 150 thousand tons, it is ecofriendly and safe for the environment. 

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Soda production unit

Technological sprint

As the head of the TSU ECCT Alexey Knyazev explained RIA Tomsk, the technology was created for a specific field, for the development of which the customer has a license – Mikhailovsky natural soda deposit in the Altai Krai, located on the Tanatar Lakes.

"The Tanatar Lakes are unique – under them there is a lens of several million tons of soda. The lens itself cannot be touched, but each year as a result of surface runoff, about 150 thousand tons of natural soda, which can be obtained, comes to the Lakes. The problem is that in the natural source contains a mixture of salts, from which a substance with a very high purity must be isolated", – he said.

TSU scientists proposed ten technologies for extracting soda from a salt mixture, each worked in the laboratory, as a result, the engineers of the Engineering Center of Chemical Technology of Tomsk State University (TSU ECCT) together with the customer chose two that were tested on an experimental-industrial scale this year. For each of them were obtained prototypes of the product, fully consistent with the technical specifications.

"A few days ago, the TSU ECCT scientists presented to the customer a report on the work done and preliminary estimates of the economic parameters of the planned production. Based on the results of their consideration, for the final detailed study of both the process technology and its feasibility study, one technology was selected according to which the works will continue until the end of the current calendar year", – Lukyantsev said.

 "Usually chemical technologies have been developed for years, and we managed to do it quickly – for a year and a half from the moment the customer contacted us. At the moment we received several hundred kilograms of the product, developed the initial data for the design of the plant using our technology. If the decision on construction is made, the TSU ECCT will carry out supervision at the stages of design, construction and operation of production", – Knyazev said. 

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Alexey Knyazev

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