Cost Effective Fischer-Tropsch Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-03ER83653
Award Id:
61798
Agency Tracking Number:
72039S03-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
99 Dorsa Avenue, Livingston, NJ, 07039
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mitrajit Mukherjee
(973) 740-2350
mm_exelus@hotmail.com
Business Contact:
Mitrajit Mukherjee
(973) 740-2350
mm_exelus@hotmail.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
72039S03-I Converting natural gas to liquids will enable the economic development of stranded gas reserves, which are estimated at more than 4,000 trillion cubic feet and account for about 80% of all known gas reserves worldwide. The initial gas-to-liquids (GTL) technologies, implemented in the 1980s and early 1990s were not commercially successful ¿ the main reason being that they were far too expensive. This project will develop a practical, step-out Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology, using a multifunctional catalyst, that has the potential to reduce costs of the FT portion of a GTL facility by 35% or more. The cost reduction potential of this approach should provide a very strong springboard for overall GTL economic viability. During Phase I, the multifunctional catalyst and a slurry catalyst will be synthesized and tested in a three-phase reactor for the conversion of syngas to olefins via the Fischer-Tropsch reaction. The superior hydrodynamics of the multifunctional catalyst is expected to increase syngas conversion and enhance the selectivity to C5+ hydrocarbons over a slurry catalyst system. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: The technology has the potential to reduce both fixed and variable costs by allowing simpler reactor designs and reducing raw-material consumption through better product selectivity. It could be applied to a wide variety of multi-phase reactions, such as the cost-effective conversion of stranded natural gas to clean-fuels via the Fischer-Tropsch¿s reaction.

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