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New Air Products Lab will help oil recyclers optimize hydrotreatment processes

By Gerald Ondrey |

Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; www.airproducts.com) is building a hydrogen laboratory at its corporate headquarters in Allentown, Pa., that will support the fast growing oil recycling industry. A key feature of the new laboratory is a hydrotreatment unit capable of performing high-pressure and high-temperature hydrogenation reactions. Air Products will use the new hydrogen laboratory, which is scheduled to be operational in the third quarter of 2015, to help oil recyclers optimize their hydrotreatment processes. Air Products’ new hydrotreatment unit has been designed to test the hydrogenation of various feedstocks over continuous flow fixed-bed catalytic reactors. The company will use the hydrotreatment unit to evaluate for its customers the impact of feed quality, catalysts, and other operating parameters on product quality, throughput, and process economics. “If hydrotreatment is not carried out under optimal conditions, an inferior quality of base oil is produced that has to be either reprocessed or sold at a discounted price,” says Vipul Dholakia, senior applications engineer at Air Products. “The testing capability of the new hydrogen lab, combined with our knowledge and experience as a hydrogenation…
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