Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG)
Definition - What does Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) mean?
Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) is an essential component used as raw material in diverse industrial processes such as the manufacture resins, polyester, fibers and various types of films. It is a colorless liquid which has a syrup-like consistency. An interesting fact about MEG is that 21 million tons are manufactured around the globe and 45% of it is consumed in China. A single plant has the capacity to produce virtually 750,000 tons of MEG in a year.
Petropedia explains Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG)
Mono Ethylene Glycol is used as solvent couplers, chemical intermediates for resins, and humectants. Apart from this, it also plays a crucial role in the production of coolants, antifreeze and solvents. It is slightly viscous in nature and shows miscibility with alcohols, water, and aldehydes. It proves too harmful if swollen by animals or human beings. It is transported or stored in stainless steel tanks to prevent contamination with iron. During shipping, the tanks are properly dried and nitrogen purging is done to ensure that any remains for chloride, ashes, or iron are removed.