In March 2014, the world’s first large-scale microwave chemical plant started operation under 24-hour automatic control. The plant, in addition to producing solvent for a major ink maker, will subsequently begin producing high-value-added products, which are currently under joint development with a leading company.
Although a “microwave chemical process” has been realized in laboratories, there has been no successful example of large scale operation.
In the conventional method involving heating the entire furnace, the furnace must be heated to 200°C, and the reaction time took 10 to 24 hours. In Production plant, by using the microwave process, we have succeeded in lowering the temperature inside the reactor to 100-120°C and reducing the reaction time to 1-2 hours. As a result, energy consumption can be reduced to one-third of the conventional process.
The site area of the chemical plant is reduced to one-fifth of a conventional plant while achieving a production capacity of 3200t annual output.
Total floor area: 294.92m2
Our company's control system featuring novel analytical software is introduced to control the safety management of microwaves in real time at the plant.