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High-Octane Fuel Stocks via Reactive Distillation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
54855
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
60108S00-II
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Exelus, Inc.
110 Dorsa Ave Livingston, NJ 07039-1037
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: High-Octane Fuel Stocks via Reactive Distillation
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-00ER83004
Award Amount: $600,000.00
 

Abstract:

60108 The United States is the largest producer of refined petroleum products in the world, with 25 percent of global production and 163 operating refineries. U.S. refineries are also the largest energy consumers in manufacturing and spend $4-$6 billion annually in pollution abatement costs. Ultimately, such cleaner-by-design process technologies that use ┬┐engineered catalysts┬┐ could cut down significantly on energy usage and bring about a paradigm shift in the petroleum refining industry. This project will develop a light naphtha isomerization technology using catalytic distillation, which will produce isomerate (iso-pentanes and iso-hexanes) having a higher octane rating than conventional fixed-bed technologies. In Phase I, the hydrodynamic feasibility of using a multifunctional catalyst substrate in a multi-phase, counter-current, reactor operation was established. Phase II will develop the multifunctional solid-acid that will be used in a catalytic distillation reactor to produce isomerate from normal paraffins. Multifunctional catalysts will be designed, synthesized, and tested in both fixed-bed and catalytic distillation reactors. Information from the performance tests will be used to optimize catalyst design, reactor configuration, and process parameters. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) has been banned as a gasoline additive in California, and groundwater contamination associated with MTBE has forced refiners all over the world to find a viable alternative. An appropriate blend of C5-C6 isomerates with alkylates would match the volatility of gasoline and be a perfect replacement for MTBE. The new isomerization technology would thus provide U.S. refiners with a viable alternative to MTBE.

Principal Investigator:

Mitrajit Mukherjee
President
9737402350
mm_epsilon@hotmail.com

Business Contact:

Mitrajit Mukherjee
President
9737402350
mm_epsilon@hotmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Epsilon Technologies
99 Dorsa Avenue Livingstone, NJ 07039

EIN/Tax ID: 345765404
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No