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July 15, 2008
Ethanol could be produced for less than $1/gal through a new process developed by ZeaChem, Inc. (Lakewood, Colo.; The company has piloted the process (flowsheet) and plans to start up a 1.5-million-gal/yr full-scale demonstration plant at the end of 2009, says Jim Imbler, chief executive officer. The process starts with acid hydrolysis of biomass to obtain sugars, as in standard...
July 15, 2008
Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France; has commercialized its new Resid Fluid Catalytic Cracking (RFCC) PetroRiser technology for the production of high yields of propylene. This new resid-to-propylene technology is part of the FCC Alliance between Axens, The Shaw Group, Inc. (Baton Rouge, La.), Total S.A. (Paris) and IFP...
June 20, 2008
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; announced today that it has formed an alliance with Rentech, Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.; to jointly offer technology for the production of clean fuels, specialty waxes and chemicals. The non-exclusive agreement between UOP and Rentech will provide a one-stop solution for refiners, petrochemicals and synthetic fuel producers to convert synthesis...
June 15, 2008
Applications Dehumidification by cooling or dessication has a variety of applications, including: Preventing moisture regain. Nearly all materials have some affinity for moisture based on surface characteristics and the amount of surface exposed to humid air. Moisture regain occurs when moist particles stick together. Preventing condensation. Air holds water vapor in proportion to its temperature. Cold...
June 15, 2008
A system for controlling oxides-of-nitrogen (NOx) emissions from catalyst regenerators in fluid catalytic crackers (FCCs) has cut NOx output to below 40 ppm (and as low as 25 ppm under certain conditions) in its first commercial installation, according to its developer, Shell Global Solutions (Houston, Tex.; This compares with about 20 ppm for selective catalytic reduction (SCR)...
June 15, 2008
Dupont (Wilmington, Del.; and its partner Genencor (Palo Alto, Calif.;, a div. of Danisco A/S, plan to invest $140 million to integrate the pretreatment process and fermenting organism — developed with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL...
June 15, 2008
Petroleum refiners can have the option to produce more diesel fuel or propylene from their fluid catalytic crackers, depending on the demand, through a new process offered by Shell Global Solutions ( The process enables a typical FCC (processing a large percentage of residual feed) to produce up to 19.3 wt.% light cycle oil (LCO, for diesel fuel) with 10 wt.% propylene, or about...
May 19, 2008
Drax Group plc (, a power generation business, and Alstom (Paris, France;, a global leader in power generation technology, have today announced the signing of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, of some £50 million, between Drax Power Ltd. (Drax; and Alstom Power Ltd. to build the main processing works associated...
May 15, 2008
Accurate temperature measurement is not difficult. It does, however, require you to think about accuracy from specification and selection, all the way up to installation and operation of your temperature-measurement sensor. There are opportunities to improve accuracy during each of these phases, as well as opportunities to accidentally undermine all of your previous improvement efforts. Determining the...
May 15, 2008
    U.S. petroleum companies are investing in new domestic refining capacity on a scale not seen in decades. Over the next five years the industry will add more than one million bbl/d of distillation capacity (see table), according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA, Washington D.C.; "It’s a step change in expansion,"...
May 15, 2008
  Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an area of technology that has received national and international attention. CCS is seen by some as a way to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the atmosphere and thereby decrease the threat of global warming. Consequently, proponents have increased pressure on state and federal governments to make such reductions mandatory. Although the benefits of CCS...
May 15, 2008
Verenium Corp. (formerly Celunol; Cambridge, Mass.; is starting up a 1.4-million gal/yr demonstration-scale facility at Jennings, La., which will produce ethanol from regional feedstocks (including sugarcane bagasse and specially bred "energy cane") via proprietary cellulosic-ethanol technology. The technology was originally developed at the...
May 15, 2008
BP (London; and ConocoPhillips (Houston, Tex.; have combined resources to start Denali — the Alaska Gas Pipeline. The pipeline will move approximately 4 billion ft 3 /d of natural gas to markets, and is said to...
May 15, 2008
CLC bio (Aarhus, Denmark; and partners from Danish research institutions and crop-enhancing firms have started a project to develop potatoes into a...
May 15, 2008
Carbone Lorraine (CL; Paris, France; is launching a new welded-plate heat exchanger, dubbed Heatex, which features plates made of tantalum CL-Clad. The patented CL-Clad technology involves the brazing of steel onto "reactive" metals, such as tantalum, titanium and zirconium, in order to fabricate columns, reactors and (now) heat exchangers used in corrosive service. Such...
May 13, 2008
Foster Wheeler Ltd. (Hamilton, Bermuda; announced today that its Finnish subsidiary Foster Wheeler Energia Oy, part of its Global Power Group, has been awarded a contract by NSE Biofuels Oy Ltd. for a circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) biomass gasifier to be located in Varkaus, Finland. NSE Biofuels Oy Ltd. is a joint venture (JV) owned 50/50 by Stora Enso Oyj and Neste Oil Corp...
May 8, 2008
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; announced today that work has begun to build a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) power plant at its site in Bernburg, Germany, which is scheduled to supply energy for the production of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide from the spring of 2010. The construction and the operation of the new power plant, which will generate both electricity and steam, will take...
May 7, 2008
Only one month after the acquisition of GEA ViEX Inc. Canada (, the company has received a significant order for GEABloc custom-designed fully welded heat...
May 6, 2008
Süd-Chemie AG ( and Linde Group (both Munich, Germany; have agreed to co-operate on an exclusive basis to develop and market plants for the production of second-generation biofuels. This will involve a biotechnological process to extract fuels, such as ethanol, from plant matter containing cellulose, such as wheat and maize straw, grasses or wood. Based on these...
April 29, 2008
Qatar Petroleum ( has awarded Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France; basic engineering design contracts for the new 250,000 bbl/d Al Shaheen petroleum refinery to be built in the Messaieed Industial City in Qatar. Axens will supply the following process technologies* for the refinery: • Hyvahl — 51,000 bbl/d fixed-bed, 100% vacuum residue desulfurization (VRDS) unit equipped...
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