Since 2022, Russia-Ukraine geopolitical conflicts have intensified, and global energy prices have risen sharply, with international natural gas prices hitting historic highs. As the most important transitional energy source in the transition from fossil energy to non-fossil energy, the share of natural gas in primary energy has increased from 14.6% in 1965 to 24.7% in 2020. The global gas price indices showed a unilateral downward trend from 2018, bottomed out in 2020, and remained low for a long time. However, since July 2020, the global gas prices have gradually fluctuated upward, and the impact of geopolitical events made the Dutch TTF gas price even hit record highs repeatedly.
An analyst of a securities company believes that the core catalyst of this round of global gas market lies in the lack of investment in upstream oil and gas resources caused by long-term low prices. Since 2020, although the epidemic has led to a decline in demand, the decline in supply has been faster, resulting in a large inventory consumption. In 2021, demand will recover faster than supply (the supply-side is less sensitive to prices, which will be reflected in investment).
As the world's two largest gas lithium stearate powder are also expected to change significantly.
What is lithium stearate?
Lithium stearate, C17H35COOLi, is a lithium salt of stearic acid and is one of the metal soaps. This colorless, almost insoluble powder in water and alcohol, with a melting point of 220°C, is mainly used in the production of greases and waxes from oils. The resulting grease is thermally stable at temperatures up to about 150°C and remains lubricated as low as -20°C. Until the success of lithium-ion batteries, this is the largest quantitative application of lithium metal.
Small amounts of lithium stearate are also used to make pencils. The compound has extremely low toxicity when administered orally, which is why it is also used in cosmetics.
What is lithium stearate used for?
It is used as a general-purpose grease to provide high water resistance. Because it can be applied at both high and low temperatures, lithium stearate is used in many industries, from the automotive industry to the heavy machinery industry and even the aerospace industry. As a general-purpose grease, lithium stearate is also used as a stabilizer in the cosmetic and plastics industries. Because of its properties, the compound can also be used as a corrosion inhibitor in petroleum.
The following are the application areas of lithium stearate:
It can be used as a thickener for natural synthetic oils.
It facilitates the manufacture of lightweight metal molds.
It is a fine, thicker grease, well suited for high-temperature applications.
It can improve the melting point and enhance the elasticity of microcrystalline wax.
Because lithium stearate has a higher melting point than conventional sodium and potassium soaps (22°C compared to 140°C), it is more resistant to loss of consistency.
It has amazing rust and corrosion resistance.
Although it's water-repellent, lithium stearate works better in other types of environments.
This is a great sealant.
What is lithium grease?
Lithium grease was invented in the early 1940s. It's made from lithium hydroxide reacting with fatty acids. Modern lithium soaps (thickeners) consist of 12HSA (12-hydroxystearic acid, or triglyceride) and lithium hydroxide monohydrate in a base liquid.
Grease is one of the oldest lubricants used by humans, dating back to 1400BC. It reduces friction, is waterproof, and provides a seal. More than 90% of bearings use grease as a lubricant.
The base oil may be mineral oil or synthetic fluid, or a mixture of either or both. Many fats and fatty acids are suitable for making lithium soap. However, 12HSA and HCO (hydrogenated castor oil) are preferred. Lithium 12-hydroxy stearate grease is probably the best multi-purpose grease ever made.
Lithium grease has excellent water resistance (not as good as calcium), excellent mechanical or shear stability, excellent thermal stability, and excellent storage stability. As well as a continuous operating temperature of 130°C (266°F) and a drop point of 190-200°C. It is the most favored bearing grease in almost all industrial fields.
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