The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) have distinguished the Maximum Efficiency Hydraulic Fluid (MEHF) concept of Evonik RohMax with recognition in a national challenge on energy efficiency. At the annual AIChE meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Amory Lovins, director of RMI, presented the subsidiary of Evonik Industries with an honorable mention “for the meritorious entry in the inaugural AIChE-RMI 10xE Challenge with Energy Efficient Hydraulic Fluids”. The Energy Initiative 10xE Challenge is a competition on radical energy saving technologies, sponsored by AIChE and RMI.

“The award recognizes the significant benefit achievable through MEHF and validates the message that we offer optimal solutions for improving fuel economy,” emphasized Norbert Westerholt, head of Evonik's Business Line Lubricant Additives (Evonik RohMax). “It is a great honor and reflects the time and great effort many people have put into this project to ensure its success. A special thanks for their passion goes to Christian Neveu, Steve Herzog, Michaël Alibert, Doug Placek, Klaus Hedrich and Michael Zink.”

Evonik RohMax serves the fuel and lubricants industry. One common application of its products is viscosity modification of hydraulic fluids. Using an integrated innovation and engineering approach, Evonik has developed a technology whereby the chemistry of hydraulic fluids can have dramatic positive effects on hydraulic equipment energy efficiency. The technology approach combines established technology platforms from the fields of chemistry, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and mechanical engineering in a novel way to increase energy efficiency by a demonstrated 18 percent, yielding a 26x return on investment and a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

The biggest impediment to the wide adoption of this concept is the need for increased awareness and education. Evonik believes strongly that the recognition and visibility afforded by the 10xE Challenge Award will build awareness and encourage adoption of this technology in industry and the public sector. The benefits to these groups and society at large are compelling. More information can be found at the educational Web site

About Evonik RohMax Additives
Evonik RohMax Additives is a leading global supplier of high performance VISCOPLEX lubricant additives and VISCOBASE synthetic base fluids for use in automotive and industrial lubricants. It also produces dewaxing aids used in refinery processing and cold flow improvers for biodiesel and forms part of the chemicals business area of Evonik Industries.

About Evonik
Evonik Industries is an expert in power generation, from hard coal and renewable energies, and one of the largest private residential real estate companies in Germany. Evonik is active in more than 100 countries around the world. In its fiscal year 2009, approximately 39,000 employees generated sales of about €13.1 billion and an operating profit (EBITDA) of about €2.0 billion.