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AIChE Annual Meeting

Nov 05, 2023 to Nov 10, 2023
Orlando, FL, United States
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SwRI will be exhibiting at the AIChE Annual Meeting, booth no. 254.

We specialize in many areas of research, including chemical engineering. We:

  • accelerate process development with the design, building, and operation of pilot plants
  • conduct proof-of-concept processing experiments
  • operate our standard refinery pilot plants to produce test quantities of fuels or refinery products
  • help our clients troubleshoot and optimize chemical and petroleum processes
  • independently test samples for the oil and gas industry

Please join us for the following presentations.

Monday, Nov. 6

9:30 a.m. – 9:48 a.m., Plaza International Ballroom F
“High Pressure Fluidized Bed Reactors,” Eloy Flores

The use of high pressure circulating fluidized bed (HPCFB) reactors has recently emerged as a promising technology in chemical conversions, particularly for sustainable fuel and chemical processes. These reactors have several advantages over conventional reactors, including higher rates of heat and mass transfer, improved mixing of reactants, and the ability to recycle catalysts with high recirculating solid flow rates for heat recovery. HPCFBs are particularly suitable for high-temperature, high-pressure processes such as gasification, pyrolysis, and hydrotreating.

Our goal at SwRI is to advance HPCFB technologies through fundamental research, process development, and industrial realization, with the aim of promoting a sustainable energy and material economy. Through numerous and diverse projects completed over several decades, we are constantly striving to achieve this goal. This presentation will provide an overview of the various uses and advancements in HPCFB for low-carbon fuel and chemical production.

10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Regency Ballroom O
“Decarbonized Solutions,” Michael Hartmann

The global need for effective technology to capture, use, and store CO2 has intensified due to increasing public and governmental awareness of the importance of meeting climate goals while sustaining energy demands. This presents a lucrative opportunity for the chemical and process industries to take advantage of. With the advent of CO2 capture technologies in the 1970s, existing facilities around the world have the potential to capture over 40 MtCO2 annually. There has been a growing impetus in this field, supported by investment incentives and the civic responsibility of achieving climate targets. Chemical absorption and physical separation are the two most frequently utilized technologies, which have proved successful for decades.

We strive to advance CCUS technologies through fundamental research, process development, and industrial application. Our years of diverse and numerous projects make us a leading promoter of achieving sustainability and curbing global warming. Our presentation will provide insight into various CCUS approaches.

12:30 p.m. – 12:47 p.m., Challenger 38/39
“Scaling Up Sustainable Petrochemicals,” Hsiang Yee Hoekstra

One of the main aspects of promising solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable energy production has been green petrochemicals. Derived from renewable and sustainable sources, such as biomass, plastics and civic waste streams, petrochemicals are processed using advanced technologies to produce fuels and chemicals with low environmental impact. To replace conventional fossil fuels from the transportation and industrial sectors, renewable gasoline, diesel, and sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) have been proposed as the candidates with the highest potential.

Sustainable aviation fuels require a more stringent approach to design and performance requirements of the aviation industry. We have prior experience in producing SAFs from feedstocks like biomass, municipal solid waste and plastics as well as upgrading from petroleum sources. SAFs have been approved for commercial flights and have already demonstrated significant reduction in greenhouse emissions. Through numerous and diverse projects completed over decades SwRI promotes an achievable and sustainable energy and material economy. This presentation will cover the different facets of scaling-up and upgrading different feedstocks to renewable petrochemicals while competing with fossil-based petrochemicals.

For more information, please contact Michael Hartmann.