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A young engineer, molasses, and failed sand drains

October 7th, 2009 / By: / Feature, Separation

By Bob Koerner Prior to 1959, the chemical industry used sugar cane (mainly from Cuba) for its source of the carbohydrate sucrose used to produce ethyl alcohol for the manufacture of munitions and alcohol. When Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, this nearby source was abruptly eliminated and the alternative was molasses. Of course, […]


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