1920 - 1929 The Energy Contract

1920

In cooperation with the Elektrokemisk A/S Oslo, Söderberg-Elektrode (Söderberg Electrode) is introduced into the large concern, which means considerable technical advancement for carbide production. Knapsack acquires the lime works GEBRÜDER WANDESLEBEN GMBH, STROMBERG/HUNSRÜCK in order to have lime at their exclusive disposal.

1922

A nitrogen syndicate is founded, which was initiated by the Aktiengesellschaft für Stickstoffdünger (Nitrogen Fertilizer Corporation). Knapsack begins producing ferrosilicon and builds a sodium plant, which only remains operational until 1929.

1924

A technological innovation, namely a furnace with a triangular arrangement of electrodes, is introduced into carbide production.

1925

Merger of German chemical companies to become IG FARBENINDUSTRIE AG

The first large scale dry developer in the world used in the production of acetylenes is commissioned in Knapsack, where it was also developed.

1928

Director Dr. Max Bachmann takes over the management of the works after the demise of Dr. Constantin Krauss.

1929

In 1928 the first large scale carbide furnace goes into operation. An active charcoal production plant is built in the same year.

 

A sizable electricity supply contract is signed with RWE. The operation of existing power plants is taken over by RWE.

 

The ABWASSER-GESELLSCHAFT KNAPSACK GMBH is established by Hoechst, RWE and Degussa to meet the common needs of waste water treatment.

Dr. Max Bachmann
The chemical industry and its surroundings

ENERGY SUPPLY

The reliable and economical supply of sufficient energy is one of the most important prerequisites for the chemical industry. The chemical park operator InfraServ Knapsack provides the manufacturing companies with the necessary energies in the form of electricity and process steam.

The continuous main load of the energy supply is borne by the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant of E.ON Energy from Waste, where up to 300,000 tons of refuse-derived fuel are thermally utilized every year. This service is complemented by the combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant of the Norwegian energy company Statkraft. With 800 MW of installed capacity it is one of the largest CCGT power plants in Germany. A further combined gas turbine power plant with capacity of 400 MW is currently under construction. The energy supply of the Chemiepark Knapsack is thus guaranteed, also at peak load time. 

ENERGY SUPPLY

The reliable and economical supply of sufficient energy is one of the most important prerequisites for the chemical industry. The chemical park operator InfraServ Knapsack provides the manufacturing companies with the necessary energies in the form of electricity and process steam.

The continuous main load of the energy supply is borne by the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant of E.ON Energy from Waste, where up to 300,000 tons of refuse-derived fuel are thermally utilized every year. This service is complemented by the combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant of the Norwegian energy company Statkraft. With 800 MW of installed capacity it is one of the largest CCGT power plants in Germany. A further combined gas turbine power plant with capacity of 400 MW is currently under construction. The energy supply of the Chemiepark Knapsack is thus guaranteed, also at peak load time.