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SBIR Phase I: Effective Revamping of Idle MTBE Units

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
79599
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0610167
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: SBIR Phase I: Effective Revamping of Idle MTBE Units
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0610167
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project proposes a new process to revamp idled catalytic distillation-based MTBE plants to make alkylate (a clean, high-octane gasoline additive) from field butanes. Phase I of this SBIR project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of the new process chemistry in terms of the achievable reaction rates and catalyst stability in bench-scale reactors. The reduction in energy consumption will also be determined. Finally, a preliminary economic evaluation will be performed to determine if the proposed process can be implemented in a cost-effective way. Converting idled CD-MTBE plants to produce alkylate increases US domestic refining capacity at a minimal cost. The alkylate produced is clean and non-toxic, without the water contamination concerns of MTBE or other oxygenates. Alkylate can also help replace the octane lost by the removal of MTBE from the gasoline pool. The process should also yield significant energy savings compared to MTBE production.

Principal Investigator:

Mitrajit Mukherjee
Mr
9737402350
mmukherjee@exelusinc.com

Business Contact:

Mitrajit Mukherjee
Mr
9737402350
mmukherjee@exelusinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Exelus, Inc.
99 Dorsa Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039

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