One would expect that the current low energy prices and market uncertainties should have their impact on the willingness to develop and invest in more energy efficient and bio-based processes. In industry, we indeed see less interest in energy efficiency. Meanwhile, the development of bio-based technology just continues, although one observes more interest in chemicals than in fuels. Clearly, bio-based developments represent a strategic consideration on the long run, while energy efficiency is just a cost saving option needing short payback periods.
PDC recently launched the idea to develop a public Membrane Expert Module for selection and design of membrane separation units. The plan is to develop the module, which will be based on PDC’s existing PROSYN® MEMPERT system, in close collaboration with the membrane community consisting of industry, vendors, universities and knowledge institutes. The project is to be sponsored and coordinated by the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology.
The ultimate objective is to allow technologists to search for suitable membranes to perform a certain separation and help them find the way to vendors, universities and research institutes.
In May 2015 the CARENA project finalizes and PDC completed a Catalytic Membrane Reactor (CMR) expert module for the selection, design and evaluation of CMRs. The CARENA project is a 4-year EU-funded collaborative effort focused on combining membrane, catalyst and reactor technologies for an efficient conversion of light alkanes and CO2 into higher value chemicals.
The project highlights will be presented at the workshop “Catalytic Membrane reactors, what’s next?” organized at ECN in Petten, The Netherlands, on 29-30 April 2015. More information about the workshop: http://www.ispt.eu/media/Programme-workshop-Catalytic-Membrane-Reactors-whats-next.pdf
In Europe “gasoline” contains at least 70% petrol and according to the European Fuel Quality Directive “gasoline” is allowed to contain maximum 10% ethanol. Gasolines containing over 30% ethanol are not subject to this directive.
This is why PDC started testing hydrous E31 as a fuel. A higher water content works as an anti-corrosion additive to avoid dry corrosion of aluminum fuel line materials as shown by well-respected research labs in Japan, Germany, USA and Korea.