Acetylene Applications

Acetylene is an essential component for chemical synthesis that can be utilized as the carbon-based feedstock for the things we use today.
Transform’s technology produces CO2-free acetylene from hydrocarbon streams.


Adaptable and long-lasting, PVC is the third most common synthetic polymer worldwide. PVC is used in products ranging from construction materials to consumer goods.  PVC is formed by polymerizing vinyl chloride monomer.

Transform’s technology enables the localization of PVC production in regions reliant on imports to meet demand.

Transform’s technology can also be integrated into existing ethylene-based facilities to expand incremental capacity while utilizing low-value hydrocarbon streams on-site.


Acetylene Black (AB)

AB, a fine particulate form of elemental carbon produced by thermal decomposition of acetylene, is highly purified and conductive. These properties equip it for specialized products such as lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and cabling for renewable energy projects. Traditionally, AB is used for rubber reinforcement, printing inks, coatings, composites, and conductive materials.

Transform can provide clean acetylene without the environmental impact of conventional acetylene production. Transform’s modular systems can be deployed quickly and efficiently to match customer demand.


1,4-Butanediol (BDO)

BDO, a building block for manufacturing polymers such as polyurethanes and polybutylene terephthalate, contributes to products ranging from electronic materials to foams and adhesives. It is also used as a solvent in coatings, paints, and resins and as a chemical intermediate for synthesizing a variety of plastics, pharmaceuticals, and fragrances. About 50% of global BDO production uses acetylene as the feedstock.

Transform offers Transform offers on-site acetylene production for BDO producers and can integrate into existing facilities to process waste hydrocarbon streams to reduce Scope 1 emissions


Industrial Gas

Acetylene burns at very high temperatures, making it an ideal industrial gas for welding and metal cutting. Acetylene packaged gas providers rely on chemical acetylene sources and coal-based calcium carbide for production. Each of these require intricate supply chains, extensive manual labor, and often times high transportation costs.

Transform’s technology enables localized clean acetylene production, minimizing logistical challenges and avoiding the use of calcium carbide as a feedstock.


Speciality Chemicals

Acetylene provides a feedstock for synthesizing various chemical intermediates and specialty chemicals. Acetylene-based reactions are used to produce more complex chemicals, such as polyvinyl alcohol (adhesives, coatings, and sealants), vinyl esters (forming thermoset matrix resins), acrylic esters (specialty polymers, resins, and adhesives), solvents such as tetrahydrofuran, and reactive precursors for manufacturing pharmaceuticals and other specialized chemicals.  

Transform’s acetylene is an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional acetylene production for this industry. Transform’s system can be integrated into existing industrial chemistry facilities, providing acetylene on-site and as needed for more complex reactions.



Acrylates are a family of chemicals containing the acrylate functional group, such as acrylonitrile, acrylamide, and acrylate-containing polymers. They have diverse industrial uses, including coatings, paints, sealants, personal care products, adhesives, and adhesive tapes. Acrylates also are building blocks for essential polymers, including superabsorbent polymers and structural polymers such as polymethyl methacrylate and polyacrylates.

Transform’s process offers a cleaner alternative for providing this feedstock since manufacturing acrylates is conventionally prepared from the catalytic oxidation of propylene. These conventional processes are energy-intensive and rely upon combustion-based technologies.