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International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) Americas

Sep 26, 2022 to Sep 27, 2022
Houston, TX, United States
Go to International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) Americas event

SwRI will be exhibiting at the International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) Americas, booth no. 21.

SwRI is an independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organization headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, on 1,200 acres with more than 2,600 employees and an annual research volume of nearly $584 million. We accelerate process development by expediting the design, build-up, and operation of pilot plants. Our capabilities include working with a variety of pilot plant types including circulating fluidized beds and fixed bed reactors; conducting laboratory validation or proof-of-concept experiments; modifying and operating standard refinery pilot plants to produce test quantities of materials (liters to drums); conducting process development R&D; helping our clients troubleshoot, optimize, and scale up chemical and petroleum processes; provide services such as hydrotreating, hydrocracking, and distillation; and independent third-party testing and analysis for the oil and gas industries.

Please join us for the following presentation:

Tuesday, Sept. 27

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Track Two, Session Ten

“High-Pressure Fluidized Bed Applications for Conventional and Unconventional Feedstocks,” Eloy Flores

A technology to produce conventional liquid fuels from carbonaceous feedstocks by process intensification using a high-pressure, high-temperature, circulating fluidized bed technology is being developed at SwRI. SwRI has worked with industry to develop new processes to monetize or improve the efficiency of low-value petroleum bio-based feedstocks in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve overall economics, including projects such as the production of fuels from chicken fat and using supercritical methanol to continuously produce biodiesel. A circulating fluidized bed has the main advantages of being able to continually regenerate catalyst, maximize surface area for catalyst activity and mixing, and reduced temperature gradients. SwRI conducted small-scale experiments and is evaluating the overall fundamental technology for scale-up and process intensification as construction materials continue to evolve to support higher-pressure and -temperature systems. A developing technology utilizes a high-pressure circulating fluid bed for the direct conversion of carbonaceous materials to fuels and integrates pyrolysis and deoxygenation, maximizing hydrogen usage in one single fluidized bed reactor. The high-pressure reactor takes advantage of higher partial pressures needed for hydrogenation and any benefit of supercritical conditions to work on typically low hydrogen bio-derived or hydrogen-depleted feedstocks. Initial testing is focused on pyrolysis and hydrotreating in a single reactor using reactor design and catalyst development capabilities. The goal is to create adaptable reactor design and operation that can be tuned to various product slates to support fuels, refinery feedstocks, or petrochemicals. SwRI will describe high-pressure circulating fluidized bed technology, lab-scale data, future applications, and process development data.

For more information, please contact Eloy Flores.