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FT microchannel demonstration is up and running

By Gerald Ondrey |

The biomass-to-liquids (BTL) demonstration plant, jointly operated by the Oxford Catalysts Group (Abingdon, Oxfordshire, U.K.; www.oxfordcatalysts.com) and the Portuguese incorporated holding company SGC Energia (SGCE, www.sgc.pt), at the biomass gasification facility in Güssing, Austria, is now up and running. The plant is designed for the small-scale distributed production of biofuels via the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reaction. The demonstration plant, which is being managed by SGCE, has been fully operational for over a month. Initial results indicate that the equipment — including the Güssing gasifier, a gas conditioning unit supplied by SGCE and an FT microchannel reactor skid developed by the US-based member of the Oxford Catalysts Group, Velocys, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio; www.velocys.com) — is all operating smoothly. The FT microchannel reactor, comprised of over 900 full-length microchannels, is working effectively. It is proving to be very efficient at controlling temperatures in highly exothermic (heat-generating) FT reaction and at maintaining isothermal conditions throughout the reactor. The demonstration plant is already producing over 0.75 kg of high quality synthetic FT liquids per liter of…
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