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Methane oxidative conversion and hydroformylation to propylene

Objective

Propylene production is classified as the 4th largest emitter of greenhouse gases among the major chemical compounds. As the polypropylene market is huge and still growing, it is essential to find alternatives to current, energy-intensive production processes to meet the European environmental challenges. Other C3 derivatives, more specifically propanol and propanal, are also very high added-value chemicals with growing markets, obtained via waste-generating and energy-consuming processes.
Today, unused carbon resources are widely available and most of the time wasted.The C123 project’s main goal is the validation in a relevant environment (TRL5) of an efficient and selective transformation of current generally accessible, unexploited, cheap methane resources (stranded gas (CH4) and biogas (CH4+CO2)) to propylene in particular and C3 products in general.
To this aim, C123 will develop new catalytic materials in novel process configurations and related operating procedures allowing the conversion of these resources to propylene through Oxidative Conversion of Methane, leading to an ethylene, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen mixture with an optimised composition for further HydroFormylation into propanal and/or propanol, ultimately being dehydrated into propylene, either in an integrated manner or as a stand-alone step.
C123 will adopt an integrated approach, not studying each step separately but considering the process as a whole, optimising recycling, avoiding separation, using variable feedstocks, and increasing resource and carbon efficiency.
The process will be evaluated and validated for implementation both as decentralised localised units (~10 kt/y) – the modular route, and in existing large facilities (>140 kt/y) –the add-on route.
Throughout the development and thanks to the perfect complementarity of the partners and the very strong industrial commitment, emphasis will be put to maximise further exploitation of the results through industrial implementation.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SINTEF AS
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 121 627,71

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 136 966,03
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TOTAL RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY FELUY
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 230 000
Address
Zone Industrielle C Feluy
7181 Seneffe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 904 583,75
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARKEMA FRANCE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 193 750
Address
Rue Estienne D Orves
92700 Colombes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 568 178,75
Address
Farringdon Street 25 5Th Floor
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROCESS DESIGN CENTER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 584 375
Address
Catharinastraat 21F
4811 XD Breda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LINDE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 693 580
Address
Dr.-carl-von-linde-str. 6-14
82049 Pullach I.isartal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PRESIDIUM OF AZERBAIJAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Azerbaijan
EU contribution
€ 304 062,50
Address
Husein Cavid Avenue 31
AZ 1143 Baku
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AYMING
France
EU contribution
€ 148 750
Address
185 Avenue Des Gresillons
92622 Gennevilliers Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AXEL'ONE
France
EU contribution
€ 467 500
Address
Rond Point Echangeur Solaize
69360 Solaize
Activity type
Research Organisations