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Bifunctional Zeolite based Catalysts and Innovative process for Sustainable Hydrocarbon Transformation

Bifunctional Zeolite based Catalysts and Innovative process for Sustainable Hydrocarbon Transformation

Objective

In the past there have been a number of semi-industrial trials and even commercial processes to obtain on-purpose petrochemical feedstocks from methane and/or propane (more generally, C1-C4 hydrocarbons). However, their commercial success has been limited due to several reasons: from technical drawbacks (low conversions and selectivity) to economics (high capital investment and high operation costs are often obtained). Furthermore there is a need for lowering the carbon footprint of gas and oil industry, i.e. refining industry, contributing to an evolving scenario of sustainable economy in such field. BIZEOLCAT is addressing the use of light alkanes as raw material for specialty chemical industry and not as feedstock for fuels in the current oil refining process, becoming part of this transition.

BIZEOLCAT will aim developing 4 new processes of light alkanes (methane, propane and butane) conversion to olefins (propylene, butadiene) and to aromatics demonstrating higher performance, cost efficiency and environmental sustainability, using innovative methodologies for catalysts preparation and membrane reactor design. A refining company, TUPRAS, will run the pilot unit experiments. Two large companies, CEPSA and PERSTORP, will validate propylene and propylene and benzene, respectively as part of TR5 validation.

sLCA have demonstrated that the expected reduction in the greenhouse emissions related to the manufacturing of propane dehydrogenation developed within the project and also the Aromatization process in comparison to current Oleflex® and benzene production from a reformate plant is far over the target value of 20%.

A joint venture creation is part of BIZEOLCAT exploitation plan.

The BIZEOLCAT consortium comprises 14 partners: 2 technology centres, 2 research institutes, 3 universities, 1 Standardization body, 1 international association and finally 4 large industry and 1 SME from 10 countries (7 EU members, 2 associated countries to H2020, 1 third country).
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Coordinator

FUNDACIO EURECAT

Address

Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)

Spain

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 847 400

Participants (12)

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UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 519 562,50

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 561 250

SINTEF AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 1 233 750

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 628 000

KEMIJSKI INSTITUT

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 451 302,50

Turkiye Petrol Rafinerileri Anonim Sirketi

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 439 625

PERSTORP AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 330 500

STRANE INNOVATION SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 357 500

European Research Institute of Catalysis A.I.S.B.L.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 210 000

ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 78 125

NEXTCHEM SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 746 250

COMPANIA ESPANOLA DE PETROLEOS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 168 572,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 814671

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 571 837,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 571 837,50

Coordinated by:

FUNDACIO EURECAT

Spain