Dow Electrical & Telecommunications (Dow E&T), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), recently announced plans to develop algal oils with Solazyme, Inc. for use in bio-based Dielectric Insulating Fluids (DIFs). The estimated $2 billion DIF market represents more than 500 million gallons of opportunity for strategic partners like Dow E&T and Solazyme, Inc.
DIFs are commonly mineral-oil based and are crucial for the efficient running and maintenance of transformers and other electrical applications. With Dow’s knowledge in specialty fluid formulations and experience in the power industry, and Solazyme’s feedstock capability in renewable oils and bioproducts, the two organizations are perfectly aligned to develop and produce next-generation bio-based DIFs that are virtually fire safe, environmentally sound and provide increased performance to end users.
Keywords: bio-based DIFs, algal oils, fluid formulations
Source: Business Wire, 2011-10-04.