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  Heavy crude UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com) plans to do further development of its Catalytic Crude Upgrading (CCU) technology through an agreement with Brazil’s Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro) and Albemarle Corp. (Baton Rouge, La.). CCU is a process for upgrading heavy oil in the field so that it may be pumped through a pipeline. Based on UOP’s fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) technology, CCU upgrades a portion of the heavy raw crude to create cutter stock to dilute the remainder of the crude. Under the agreement, Albemarle will provide an improved FCC catalyst and Petrobras, which has piloted the process, will do further testing. Foam reactor A porous foam reactor that is ten times more energy efficient than conventional packed-bed reactors is being developed at the Laboratory of Chemical Reactor Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands, www.tue.nl). The reactor features a solid foam made of aluminum and carbon, which serves as a gas-liquid contactor as well as a catalyst support. Because the foam consists of up to 97% open space, the pressure drop over the foam was demonstrated, experimentally, to be ten times lower than that of a packed bed at the same gas and liquid velocities, says researcher…
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