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Oxidative Coupling of Methane followed by Oligomerization to Liquids

Oxidative Coupling of Methane followed by Oligomerization to Liquids

Objective

The general objectives of the OCMOL project, focussed on the development of an alternative chemical route based on oxidative coupling of methane followed by oligomerization to liquids, are twofold: 1. To develop a small-scale process: process intensification via cutting-edge micro reactor technologies will enable to skip the expensive scaling up stage to provide a proof of concept of the OCMOL liquefaction route for companies to make go/ no go decisions. 2. To develop a fully integrated process, which will be self-sufficient through the re-use and the recycling of by-products at every process stages. Such an innovative route offers 4 main advantages: 1. An economic operation at capacities of 100 kT/year, which is nowadays not possible by using state of the art technologies. 2. An operation at more uniform pressure levels 3. The flexibility of product streams 4. Low if not zero CO2 emission thus contributing to face global warming. The OCMOL route to convert natural gas into liquid fuel will encompass methane oxidative coupling, methane dry reforming, membrane/PSA separation and oligomerization. Process intensification, such as the integration between methane oxidative coupling reactor, dry reforming reactor, and membranes integration will be one of the main challenges addressed to improve the energy efficiency of the whole process. A strong focus will be put on cutting-edge material science to develop effective catalysts/membranes which are of paramount importance to implement the innovative processes foreseen. Moreover, micro reactor technologies will be adopted to investigate novel reactor designs necessary to ensure the efficiency and the cost-effectiveness of the OCMOL solution.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Address

Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 880 816

Administrative Contact

Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)

Participants (17)

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INSTITUT FUER MIKROTECHNIK MAINZ GMBH

Germany

BAYER TECHNOLOGY SERVICES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 535 347

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 872 826,40

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 685 772

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 484 147,64

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 499 968

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 831 607,72

LINDE AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 138 338

COMPANIA ESPANOLA DE PETROLEOS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 81 434,40

HALDOR TOPSOE AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 538 379

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 306 355,20

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 343 654,40

AYMING

France

EU Contribution

€ 380 564

BORESKOV INSTITUTE OF CATALYSIS, SIBERIAN BRANCH OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 146 871,24

INEOS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 59 620

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 620 628

ENI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 186 300

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 228953

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2009

  • End date

    31 August 2014

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 312 471,80

  • EU contribution

    € 7 592 629

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium