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Soybeans are being used in asphalt paving to insulation for homes. Soy has made its introduction into the construction industry. Major players have products readily available and that list has been growing by the day. Like all commodities this is another cherished one the U.S. is developing a strong demand for as well.
Soy The Commodity & Construction
Soybeans are being put in products ranging from asphalt paving, insulation for homes, to hydraulic fluids and fuel Soy has made its introduction into the construction industry. Major players have products readily available and that list has been growing by the day. Like all commodities this is another cherished one the U.S. is developing a strong demand for as well.
Major corporations across the country such a Cargill have entered the arena with bio-based alternatives that meet strict VOC (volatile organic compound) requirements.
Just some of Cargill’s Bio-Based Products used in construction are from which soy oil and soy based polymers compounds are used:
|Agri-Pure™ Biosolvent||ACME Mortar & Block Admixtures||Oxi-Cure® Low VOC Oils & Coalescing Agents||Industrial Soy Flours||Flooring|
Alternative to the use of white spirits, kerosene, liquid paraffin and other low-to-medium viscosity hydrocarbon oils.
Biosolvents have a wide range of uses in both industrial and consumer applications, for example:
Dissolving resins and polymers (inks, paints)
Cleaning (degreasing formulations)
Carrying functional ingredients (agrochemical formulations)
Plasticizing (rubbers, adhesives)
Diluting reactants to control heat production, product viscosity etc. (fine chemicals)
|Cargill’s Acme admixtures deliver a range of performance enhancements to mortar and concrete masonry units (CMUs). Acme admixtures help maintain the construction and design integrity of your building projects by repelling water, controlling efflorescence, reducing color bleeding and fading and increasing block and paver strength.||The Oxi-Cure® product line of of oils and esters is specially designed to help our paint and coatings customers achieve low VOC levels in their coating formulations.
For the oilfield industry, select the Oxi-Cure® 500 series products. These are 100% natural polyglycerols that provide a variety of functional benefits in drilling mud formulations, particularly shale inhibition. They are available in various degrees of polymerization to allow the formulator to zero in on the exact performance requirement. Polyglycerols can also be used as a component feedstock to make esters, emulsifiers and other derivatives.
The Oxi-Cure® 100 Series are recommended as “no-bake” oils in hardwood manufacturing that lower energy usage and reduce emissions
|Emission of volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants can contribute to a variety of unhealthful conditions. Soy flour adhesives, like Cargill’s Prolia™ soy flour – a co-product that remains after oil is extracted from soybeans – are a natural replacement for formaldehyde and phenol-based resins that have been targeted for removal from wood materials. Research finds that soy flour requires less drying time, uses less water and produces less waste than conventional plywood glues.
Soy flours can be used for
Replacing formaldehyde resins in plywood, paneling and particleboard.
|Polyols for carpeting:
In the carpet market, polyurethane foam made with BiOH polyols is used to provide cushioning for several types of floor coverings. The foam can be applied directly to the floor covering or it can be manufactured as a stand-alone pad. Reducing their dependence on petroleum-based materials without sacrificing performance.
Polymers for carpeting:
BiOH® polymers are effective plant-based resins developed for carpet and flooring manufacturers with binding, adhesive and foaming applications. Engineered to displace chemicals derived from heavy and light crude oil, BiOH polymers significantly reduce manufacturing costs while meeting the growing consumer demand for eco-friendly goods at reasonable prices. BioH polymers have broad application in multiple binder systems.Can replace up to 60% of latex. Increase line speed by 10-20% or drying energy
Other manufactures like Demilechttps://www.demilec.com have introduced spray insulation products like the Heatlock Soy 200 PLUS which its brochure state a R-Value of 7.4 per inch which surpasses most on the market.
Soy’s demand has definitely increased over the past 2 fiscal years as it has also proven itself to be a valuable asset in almost all industries. The commodity itself has more than doubled in the last year and will be on the minds of most farmers and political agenda’s as the demand increases; while domestic oil production continues to dwindle.
The Buy American, Infrastructure and Climate milestones set fourth in the current roadmap for the U.S. will continue to put high demand on soy for uses in RAP asphalt pavement mixes and biopolymer emulsions as well with continued research and development expected. Prices seen with soy like everything are a sign of such changes and point to the logic that there will not be just one miracle product but a assembly of different components coming to market as well.