Voices: End Point

Chlorine Cathode Activity Gets a Closer Look

Researchers aim to better understand and optimize the energy-intensive process

By Seán Ottewell, Editor at Large
Sep 17, 2018

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Washington, D.C, polyvinyl chloride manufacturing consumes around 40% of the 12 million t/y of chlorine produced by the U.S. chloralkali industry. The rest goes to make basic organic chemicals, solvents and hydrochloric acid. Around two-thirds of all chemical processes use chlorine at some point, says the ACC.

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