Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

High octane waste: New catalyst and reactor technologies combine for efficient waste to fuel production

24.11.2008
The successful commercial production of liquid fuels from waste by means of the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reaction depends on the marriage of two key technologies: small scale FT microchannel reactors, and highly active metal-carbide-based FT catalysts.

With the acquisition of Velocys Inc., a designer and developer of microchannel process technology, catalyst developer Oxford Catalysts, has taken a big step towards bringing these two technologies together to make small scale FT microchannel reactors a viable option for the commercial production of diesel and jet fuels. Velocys now owns, or has licences to, the largest microchannel reactor patent portfolio in the world.

Microchannel reactors are the best candidates for producing liquid fuels from sources such as agricultural waste, municipal solid waste and associated/flare gas, as well as from stranded gas, and coal. This is because they offer a way to reduce the size and cost of the chemical processing hardware, while still enabling efficient and precise temperature control, leading to higher throughput and conversion. Like the microelectronics technology that revolutionised the computer industry, microchannel technology shrinks processing hardware, while at the same time improving its performance.

To maximise the benefits they offer, microchannel reactors require an FT catalyst with activities an order of magnitude higher than conventional catalysts. The latest FT catalyst developed by Oxford Catalysts fits this bill exactly, and is specifically optimised for Velocys’ microchannel reactor design.

The FT reaction has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuels produced from organic waste by up to 90% compared to fossil fuels. By combining the expertise of the two companies, Oxford Catalysts hopes to refine the processes required to make the commercial production of liquid fuels from a variety of waste sources an economic and environmentally friendly proposition.

Derek Atkinson, Business Development Director, Oxford Catalysts says:

"By working more closely together to optimise and intensify the FT process we will be able to make the production of liquid fuels from a wide variety of sources a more practical proposition. This will also help governments to achieve their carbon reduction commitments."

Jeff McDaniel, Business Development Director, Velocys says:

"By combining our two innovative technologies we believe that we are now in an outstanding position to move forward towards the goal of producing liquid fuels that are cleaner and have a lower carbon footprint."

Nina Morgan | alfa
Further information:
http://www.oxfordcatalysts.com
http://www.veolocys.com

More articles from Power and Electrical Engineering:

nachricht Researchers pave the way for ionotronic nanodevices
23.02.2017 | Aalto University

nachricht Microhotplates for a smart gas sensor
22.02.2017 | Toyohashi University of Technology

All articles from Power and Electrical Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

Im Focus: DNA repair: a new letter in the cell alphabet

Results reveal how discoveries may be hidden in scientific “blind spots”

Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...

Im Focus: Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...

Im Focus: Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Research offers new level of control over the structure of 3-D printed materials

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...

Im Focus: Three Magnetic States for Each Hole

Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".

Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Booth and panel discussion – The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

13.02.2017 | Event News

Complex Loading versus Hidden Reserves

10.02.2017 | Event News

International Conference on Crystal Growth in Freiburg

09.02.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Stingless bees have their nests protected by soldiers

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

New risk factors for anxiety disorders

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

MWC 2017: 5G Capital Berlin

24.02.2017 | Trade Fair News

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>