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Improved Olefin Production in Fischer-Tropsch-Synthesis

21.01.2011
The Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis is an important process to convert coal, natural gas and biomass to a variety of hydrocarbon products of different chain lengths. These products mainly find use as transportation fuels including petrol jet fuel and diesel as well as special waxes. Fischer-Tropsch-Synthesis is, however, also known for its capability of producing chemicals such as olefines which are of a much higher value than low value fuels.

This development describes a process modification which allows one to dramatically improve the olefin selectivity over a wide range on the Fischer-Tropsch reaction, via co-feeding of suitable gases such as ammonia. Notably this can be achieved by means with no or tolerable loss of catalysts activity.

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