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Dynamically Operated Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis in PtL-Part 1: System Response on Intermittent Feed

Institute of Micro Process Engineering (IMVT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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ChemEngineering 2020, 4(2), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/chemengineering4020021
Received: 15 February 2020 / Revised: 23 March 2020 / Accepted: 27 March 2020 / Published: 28 March 2020
Society is facing serious challenges to reduce CO2 emissions. Effective change requires the use of advanced chemical catalyst and reactor systems to utilize renewable feedstocks. One pathway to long-term energy storage is its transformation into high quality, low-emission and CO2-neutral fuels. Performance of technologies such as the Fischer-Tropsch reaction can be maximized using the inherent advantages of microstructured packed bed reactors. Advantages arise not only from high conversion and productivity, but from its capability to resolve the natural fluctuation of renewable sources. This work highlights and evaluates a system for dynamic feed gas and temperature changes in a pilot scale Fischer-Tropsch synthesis unit for up to 7 L of product per day. Dead times were determined for non-reactive and reactive mode at individual positions in the setup. Oscillating conditions were applied to investigate responses with regard to gaseous and liquid products. The system was stable at short cycle times of 8 min. Neither of the periodic changes showed negative effects on the process performance. Findings even suggest this technology’s capability for effective, small-to-medium-scale applications with periodically changing process parameters. The second part of this work focuses on the application of a real-time photovoltaics profile to the given system. View Full-Text
Keywords: Fischer-Tropsch synthesis; microstructured reactors; dynamic processes; heterogeneous catalysis; decentralized application; compact reactor technology; PtX; PtL Fischer-Tropsch synthesis; microstructured reactors; dynamic processes; heterogeneous catalysis; decentralized application; compact reactor technology; PtX; PtL
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Loewert, M.; Pfeifer, P. Dynamically Operated Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis in PtL-Part 1: System Response on Intermittent Feed. ChemEngineering 2020, 4, 21. https://doi.org/10.3390/chemengineering4020021

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Loewert M, Pfeifer P. Dynamically Operated Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis in PtL-Part 1: System Response on Intermittent Feed. ChemEngineering. 2020; 4(2):21. https://doi.org/10.3390/chemengineering4020021

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Loewert, Marcel; Pfeifer, Peter. 2020. "Dynamically Operated Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis in PtL-Part 1: System Response on Intermittent Feed" ChemEngineering 4, no. 2: 21. https://doi.org/10.3390/chemengineering4020021

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