REACTION-ENHANCED EXTRACTION OF AROMATICS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$499,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
7015
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Kse Inc.
Po Box 368, Amherst, MA, 01004
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr J R Kittrell
(413) 549-5506
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE TOTAL U.S. COMMERCIAL JET FUEL MARKET IS ABOUT 11 BILLION GALLONS ANNUALLY AND IS FORECAST TO GROW AT A RATE OF 3% PER YEAR. APPROXIMATELY 50% OF THE CURRENT JET PRODUCT IS LIMITED BY AROMATICS CONTENT AND/OR SMOKE POINT. FUTURE DEMAND GROWTH AND TRENDS IN CRUDE OIL QUALITY WILL REQUIRE EFFICIENT PROCESSES FOR AROMATICS REMOVAL. CONVENTIONAL EXTRACTION OR CATALYTIC HYDROGENATION PROCESSES EXHIBIT DEFICIENCIES FOR THIS APPLICATION, EXCEPT IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES. THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF A UNIQUE REACTION-ENHANCED EXTRACTION PROCESS IS TO BE EVALUATED FOR THIS APPLICATION IN THE PLANNED PROGRAM. THE ENHANCED DISTRIBUTION COEFFICIENT PERMITS EXTRACTION WITH HIGHER YIELDS AND A REDUCED SOLVENT-TO-OIL RATIO, WITH ASSOCIATED COST AND ENERGY SAVINGS COMPARED WITH ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES. THIS PROCESS APPEARS TO BE ECONOMICALLY VIABLE, TO PROVIDE SUBSTANTIAL ENERGY SAVINGS, AND TO PROVIDE A COPRODUCT OF HIGH END-USE VALUE.

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