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Innovations in Renewable Base Fluids, Possibilities and Limitations

Innovations in renewable base fluids have opened up new possibilities in the realm of sustainable lubricants while also presenting certain limitations. These innovations offer several advantages, including reduced carbon footprint, improved biodegradability, and decreased environmental impact compared to traditional petroleum-based fluids. 

However, challenges remain in terms of achieving the same level of performance and durability as their petroleum-based counterparts. Additionally, the availability and cost of bio-based feedstocks pose constraints on large-scale production and commercial viability. Despite these limitations, ongoing research and development efforts are focused on overcoming these obstacles and unlocking the full potential of renewable base fluids. This session aims to unpack the latest innovations in renewable base fluids, while also weighing performance and cost viability when compared to petroleum-based products. 

Discussion Points:  

  • What are the key advantages of using renewable base fluids in lubricants compared to traditional petroleum-based fluids, and how do these innovations contribute to sustainability goals? 
  • What are the limitations or challenges associated with renewable base fluids? 
  • What role does the availability and cost of bio-based feedstocks play in the widespread adoption of renewable base fluids?  
  • What strategies can be employed to overcome these limitations and promote their use in various industries?