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Development of ceramic membranes for olefin recovery from liquefied petroleum gases

Objective

Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) processes in the area of crude oil refining lead to Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG's) that contain a high amount of olefins (propylene and butane), which are high value petrochemical feedstock. An alternative to the current research on shape-selective cracking and oligomerization at high temperature (> 400°C) should be a membrane technology in which the olefin selective separation from their respective paraffin counterparts could be achieved at low temperature (< lOO°C). This is now possible taking into account recent advances in zeolite membrane development. The purpose of this project is to develop an innovative separation process that will offer a realistic and cost efficient solution for the removal of C3-C4 olefins from LPG's and the subsequent recovery of these hydrocarbons, by developing highly selective membrane systems, which exhibit high permeability properties.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH 'DEMOKRITOS'
Address
Terma Patriarchiou Grigoriou
15310 Athens
Greece

Participants (8)

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece
Address
Charilaou 6Th Km - Thermi Road
57001 Thermi
ECO CERAMICS BV
Netherlands
Address
Staalstraat 10
1940 EC Beverwijk
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DE CHIMIE DE MONTPELLIER
France
Address
8,Route De Mende 1919
34293 Montpellier
FUNDACION LEIA CENTRO DE DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO
Spain
Address
Leonardo Da Vinci 13 Parque Tecnologico De Alava
01510 Miñano Mayor - Alava
HELLENIC PETROLEUM S.A.
Greece
Address
National Road Athens Korinthos 17 Km
19300 Asprpyrgos
REPSOL PETROLEO SA
Spain
Address
183,Calle Embajadores 183
28045 Madrid
SENER INGENIERIA Y SISTEMAS SA
Spain
Address
Severo Ochoa 4 (P.t.m)
28760 Tres Cantos
UNIVERSITE DE MONTPELLIER II - SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES DU LANGUEDOC
France
Address
Place Eugène Bataillon 2, (015)
34095 Montpellier