Modular Conversion of Stranded Ethane to Liquid Fuels
- Long term stability and performance of the CL-ODH redox catalysts
- Efficiency of oligomerization of ethylene rich olefin mixtures from CL-ODH to gasoline and mid-distillates
The M-ETL technology can lead to 80% reduction in energy demand for ethane conversion. This will also result in corresponding reductions in carbon dioxide and NOx emissions. Due to the simplified process scheme compared to conventional GTL, 20+% savings in capital cost can be achieved. Therefore, significant improvements in energy productivity is expected from M-ETL. This modular system can be particularly suited for valorization of stranded ethane at shale gas production sites. Moreover, the CL-ODH component of M-ETL can also potentially used for polymer grade olefin production in centralized facilities with significantly reduced energy intensity and emissions compared to existing approaches.
The North Carolina State University team is equipped with multiple sets of fully automated gas delivery and product analyses systems for CL-ODH demonstrations. The team is also fully equipped with catalyst-synthesis, characterization, and mechanistic investigation/simulation tools. EcoCatalytic (ECT) LLC has extensive experience with converting light olefinic products to liquid fuels. ECT also pursues significant Technology Transfer and Outreach activities related to commercialization of the modular units including creation of a commercialization plan.