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The non–profit organization, The PolyStyreneLoop Cooperative, started up by Synbra Technology and ICL is planning to build a full scale demonstration plant in Terneuzen. The facility next to ICL in The Netherlands recycles expanded polystyrene (EPS) waste containing the restricted flame-retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). It’s goal is to test the technical, economical feasibility with the objective to have an environmentally sustainable closed-loop...

BSEF attended the 17th International Electronics Recycling Congress - IERC 2018 – from the 18 till the 19 of January in Salzburg. The conference, which was about the latest developments in electronics, best available recycling technologies, safety issues and green technologies in the field of recycling, counted with 480 international experts from 42 countries. The IERC 2018 has therefore once again...

In 2014, a team of Vanderbilt University researchers added bromine to the list of elements vital for life. What is its purpose? And why is bromine essential to life in humans and other animals? Some background information on bromine Bromine, chemical symbol Br and atomic number 35, is a reddish-brown liquid that is being used in key applications such as water treatment,...

In our article about the book “Introduction to flame retardancy” we highlighted the co-operation between Professor Masaru Kitano and BSEF in producing an English version of his book  the book “Introduction to flame retardancy – Protect your life and property from fire” This time we want to go deeper into flame retardancy science as the solution to minimize the human and economic...

  The text below entitled “Response by Dr. Alexander Morgan to “Flame retardants in UK furniture increase smoke toxicity more than they reduce fire growth rate” Chemosphere 2018, 196, 429-439” is the full editorial transcription from the Fire Safety & Technology Bulletin published in February 2018. The Fire Safety & Technology Bulletin is available by electronic subscription only and the editors are...

COMBINING PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY, WHILE ENSURING A GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE  Our modern lifestyle has some clear requirements. Living, working, travelling? Everything happens in a practical, comfortable and energy efficient manner. Plastics, composites, foams, synthetic fibre-based fillings and other highly flammable materials are necessary to meet our daily needs. But these materials unfortunately come with an increased risk of fire. Luckily, there is...

EXPERTS AND SCHOLARS BRINGING TOGETHER FLAME RETARDANCY AND FIRE SAFETY MATERIALS INSIGHTS  The 2nd Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fire Safety Materials Science and Engineering (AOFSM'2) took place in Shenzhen, China on October 27-29, 2017. The symposium was organized by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and the Asia-Oceania Association for Fire Safety Materials Science and Engineering, The China Flame Retardant Society...

ZINC-BROMINE FLOW BATTERIES FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL USE  The majority of the world’s power has mostly been consumed as quickly as it is made. All the extra power that was generated but not immediately used, was often wasted. With our constantly growing world population, and thus the huge need for energy, throwing away valuable energy is no longer an option. But...

A MASARU KITANO AND BSEF CO-OPERATION  People often get surprised by natural disasters such as earthquakes and thunders. A lot of these tragedies are unavoidable. Wildfire is an example of those uncontrollable catastrophes. But a lot of other fire causes like careless accidents with cigarettes, bonfires and gas stoves could be prevented by taking certain precautions. Just being more alert does...