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F-T µ-technology scales up towards the pilot phase   

By Gerald Ondrey |

Following the successful operation of a biomass-to-liquids (BTL) demonstration plant at the biomass gasification facility in Güssing, Austria, the Oxford Catalysts Group’s (U.K.; www.oxfordcatalysts.com) F-T (Fischer-Tropsch) microchannel reactor technology is now moving towards a full pilot plant phase. The Oxford Catalysts Group has received its first order for a full-scale commercial reactor from the Portuguese incorporated holding company SGC Energia (SGCE). The F-T microchannel reactor, comprised of tens of thousands of full-length microchannels will be used in a 25-bbl/d pilot plant at Güssing to produce liquid fuel from biomass. The pilot plant, designed for the small scale distributed production of biofuels via the Fischer-Tropsch reaction, will be operated jointly by SGCE and Velocys, Inc., the U.S.-based member of the Oxford Catalysts Group The existing demonstration plant — which is jointly operated by the Oxford Catalysts Group and SGCE — incorporates an F-T microchannel reactor comprised of over 900 full-length microchannels. This reactor has been performing effectively at Güssing since July 2010. In the demonstration plant — which produces over 0.75 kg of high quality synthetic F-T…
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