UOP purchases Flowrence® Unit for Catalyst Testing in Refining Applications

Mar 20, 2013

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Avantium is announcing the sale of its Flowrence® parallel fixed bed reactor technology for refining applications to UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, for use at UOP’s research laboratory in Des Plaines, IL. This follows an evaluation program at the laboratories of Avantium in Amsterdam in which the Flowrence® unit was evaluated under a contract services agreement between UOP and Avantium.

“We are very proud to have sold this Flowrence® unit to UOP”, says Tom van Aken CEO at Avantium. “UOP has a leading position in the refining industry and continues to bring novel and improved catalysts and processes to the market. We are confident that UOP can utilize Avantium’s Flowrence® technology to further enhance its catalyst development for refining applications.”

About Flowrence® Technology

Flowrence® technology by Avantium is suitable for high-quality testing of whole extrudates and sieve fractions of catalysts. The Flowrence® can be used for a broad range of industrial applications that operate in gas, vapour and trickle phases. The Flowrence® parallel reactor system combines the reproducibility and accuracy of larger scale reactors with the countless advantages of small-scale reactors. This technology has proven to be leading for refinery, Fisher Tropsch, syngas, green chemistry and many other applications. Broad knowledge of these applications at Avantium combined with the Flowrence® is a powerful cost-efficient method of testing catalysts, and a faster way to bring it to market in R&D laboratories all over the world.

About UOP

UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. UOP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc. and is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group. For more information, go to www.uop.com.

About Avantium and Catalysis

Avantium is an independent company specialized in the area of advanced catalysis R&D and process development for renewables, energy and chemicals. Avantium defines itself as a creative accelerator, a company specialized in groundbreaking innovations and technologies for catalytic R&D services and systems and, based on this knowledge, the creation of commercial Furanics like YXY. Avantium has demonstrated the value and commercial potential of its unique technology and knowledge by collaborating with leading companies in the energy and chemical industries. For over a decade, Avantium has built up a global customer base for its successful R&D services and systems offering, including market leaders such as BP, Shell, IFPEN, Sinopec, CRI, Sasol and now UOP.

Catalysis by Avantium offers solutions ranging from sophisticated R&D systems and services to fully integrated long-term collaborative partnerships. We combine catalytic research based on our Flowrence® technology with a multi-disciplinary team of experts who have the flexible mindset needed to increase research output, improve success rates, reduce costs and accelerate time to market. Our experts have the skills needed to take catalyst research projects to the next level. Avantium offices and headquarters are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit our website at www.avantium.com.

The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges, Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential to make the most significant market impact.

Tom van Aken, CEO Avantium, commented: “Avantium is proud to be on the Global Cleantech 100 list for the 7th consecutive year. We see this as recognition for the continued leadership in renewable chemistry and the progress we are making in our projects. Over the last year we have made progress on our YXY technology for producing 100% biobased PEF. As a result we announced a new partnership with Mitsui in December 2015. This partnership enables us to develop new PEF applications in Japan and Asia, one of the leading and fastest growing markets for packaging materials. Apart from that we are making good progress on our other in-house programs.”

This list is collated by combining proprietary Cleantech Group research data, with weighted qualitative judgments of hundreds of nominations, and specific inputs from a global 100-person Expert Panel. To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange. This year, a record number of nominations were received: 6,900 distinct companies from 60 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 323 companies. Short-listed nominees were reviewed by Cleantech Group’s Expert Panel, resulting in a finalized list of 100 companies from 17 countries.

The 100-member expert panel was drawn equally from leading financial investors and representatives of multi-national corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting across Asia, Europe, and North America. The composition of the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community, from pioneers and leaders to veterans and new entrants. The diversity of panellists results in a list of companies that command an expansive base of respect and support from many important players within the global cleantech innovation ecosystem.

“The Global Cleantech 100 provides us with insight into the collective opinion of key market players on which megatrends and innovation companies are most likely to have a significant impact in the next 5-10 years,” said Michele Parad, Senior Manager at Cleantech Group and lead author of the Global Cleantech 100 Report. “Now in its 7th year, the Global Cleantech 100 program reveals which themes are staying relevant and which sectors are taking center stage.”

About Cleantech Group

Founded in 2002, Cleantech Group’s mission is to accelerate sustainable innovation. Core to this mission is i3, an online platform that connects corporates with innovation, at scale, by allowing them to find, vet, and connect with start-ups—efficiently building an innovation pipeline. The i3 platform comes to life at our global Events, which convene corporates and start-ups, along with other players shaping the future of sustainable innovation. Cleantech Group is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in London. For more information, visit www.cleantech.com.

About Avantium

Avantium is a scale-up renewable chemicals company that develops and commercializes a next generation biobased chemicals and bioplastic. Its most advanced products are the building block FDCA and the polymer PEF. Avantium aims to monetize this tremendous value opportunity through selling manufacturing licenses of its patented YXY production process and application fields. The technology basis of Avantium is a unique capability and expertise in catalysis and chemical R&D. The value of its catalysis technology platform is proven by Avantium’s Catalysis business, a profitable business of providing advanced R&D catalysis services & systems to the world’s largest oil and chemical companies. Avantium offices and headquarters are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Avantium is operating an YXY pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands.

Media contact

Heather Matheson

Cleantech Group
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Email: heather.matheson@cleantech.com

Dominique Levant
Marketing & Communications Officer
Avantium
Tel: +31 (0)20 586 8080
Email: marketing@rds.avantium.com

Flowrence® products specifications

Reactor Section

Easy and quick reactor exchange system. Possibility to use quartz reactors at high pressure.

1 block of 4 reactors

HT = High Temperature max. 800°C nominal, limited to 925°C (<0.5°C reactor to reactor deviation)

4 blocks of 4 reactors

HT  or MT = Medium Temperature max. 525°C (<0.5°C block-to-block deviation)

16 reactors with iRTC

individual Reactor Temperature Control
max. 550°C (<0.5°C reactor-to-reactor)

4 reactors with iRTC

individual Reactor Temperature Control
max. 550°C (<0.5°C reactor-to-reactor)

Temperature Ranges (°C)

100 – 800°C
up 925°C (Option)

50 – 525°C
100 – 800°C
up 925°C (Option)

50 – 550°C

50 – 550°C

Reactor Types

L= Length
OD= Outer Diameter
ID= Inner Diameter
SS= Stainless Steel (< 550⁰C)
Qz= Quartz (< 925⁰C)

L 300 mm 561 mm
OD 3 mm 6 mm
ID SS 2 / 2.6 mm 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 mm
ID Qz 2 mm 2 / 4 mm
300 mm 561 mm 561 mm
3 mm 3 mm 6 mm
2 / 2.6 mm 2 / 2.6 mm 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 mm
2 mm 2 mm 2 / 4 mm
561 mm
3 mm
2 / 2.6 mm
2 mm
561 mm
3 mm
2 / 2.6 mm
2 mm

Maximum Catalyst Bed Length

(isothermal zone tolerance ± 1°C)
Note: isothermal length is dependent on the temperature range

300 / 3 HT 561 / 6 HT
>120 mm @ 450°C >200 mm @ 500°C
>90 mm @ 800°C >150 mm @ 800°C
>140 mm @ 925°C
300 / 3 HT 561 / 3 MT 561 / 6 HT
>120 mm @ 450°C >310 mm @ 450°C >200 mm @ 500°C
>90 mm @ 800°C >150 mm @ 800°C
>140 mm @ 925°C
561 / 3 MT iRTC
250°C ±0.5°C 41cm (4reactors)
350°C±0.5°C 38cm (4reactors)
550°C±0.5°C 28cm (4reactors)
3 reactors at 550°C, 1 reactor 350°C:
550°C=27cm 350°C=41cm ±0.5°C
561 / 3 MT iRTC
250°C ±0.5°C 41cm (4reactors)
350°C±0.5°C 38cm (4reactors)
550°C±0.5°C 28cm (4reactors)
3 reactors at 550°C, 1 reactor 350°C:
550°C=27cm 350°C=41cm ±0.5°C

Catalyst Volume (mL)

(isothermal zone)

0.2 - 0.6 mL 0.4 - 2.0 mL
0.2 - 0.6 mL 0.4 - 1.0 mL 0.4 - 2.0 mL
0.4 - 1.0 mL
0.4 - 1.0 mL

Pressure Ranges (barg)

2 – 80 barg
0.5 – 180 barg (option)

2 – 100 barg
0.5 – 180 barg

2 – 80 barg
0.5 – 180 barg

2 – 20 barg
2 – 50 barg (option)

Reactor Pressure Control

Advanced control RSD ±0.1 barg at reference conditions (gas phase only and 20 barg). For trickle flow Advanced control RSD ±0.5barg.

Standard (±0.5 barg)
Advanced (±0.1 barg) (option)

Standard (±0.5 barg)
Advanced (±0.1 barg) (option)

Advanced (±0.1 barg)

Advanced (±0.1 barg)

Gas Feed Lines

(#Gas Feeds)

Up to 6 + Diluent gas

He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

Up to 7 + Diluent gas

He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

Up to 7 + Diluent gas

He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

Up to 6 + Diluent gas

He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

Online Analysis

Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation (option)

Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation

Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation

Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation

Liquid Feed

 Split feeding 8 + 8 reators (option)

Pump-Coriolis dosing system
(ambient, cooled)

Pump-Coriolis dosing system
(ambient, cooled, heated 80°C)

Pump-Coriolis dosing system
(ambient, cooled, heated 80°C)

Pump-Coriolis dosing system
(ambient, cooled, heated 80°C)

Liquid Distribution

Microfluidic Distribution
(4-channel glass-chip)

Microfluidics Distribution
(4x4-channel glass-chip)
(16-channel glass-chip)
Active Liquid Distribution (option)
(with automatic isolation valves)

Active Liquid Distribution
(with automatic isolation valves)

Microfluidic Distribution
(4-channel glass-chip)

Liquid Sampling

(G/L Separation)

Parallel liquid sampling (4 x 20ml vials) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

Automated liquid sampling (4 rows x 16 vials x 8ml) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

Automated liquid sampling (4 rows x 16 vials x 8ml) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

Parallel liquid sampling (4 x 20ml vials) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

Reactors Effluent Handling

(Off-line Analysis Connection)

Full heated circuit up to 180°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling (option)

Full heated circuit up to 200°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling

Full heated circuit up to 200°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling

Full heated circuit up to 200°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling

Offline Analysis

Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode (option)

Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode

Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode

Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode

Waste Handling

Ambient temperature
Heated wax trapping (option)

Ambient temperature / Cooled containers / Heated compartment (wax trapping, heavies)

Ambient temperature / Cooled containers / Heated compartment (wax trapping, heavies)

Ambient temperature / Cooled containers / Heated compartment (wax trapping, heavies)

Safety

Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

Flowrence® Software

Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

Microfluidics modular gas distribution

Unrivalled accuracy in gas distribution with patented glass-chips for 4 and 16 reactors, with a guaranteed flow distribution of 0.5% RSD. Quick exchange of glass-chips for different operating conditions. Flexibility to cover a wide range of applications.

TinyPressure glass-chip holder with integrated pressure measurement

Compact modular design for gas and liquid distribution. No high-temperature pressure sensors required. Quick exchange of the microfluidic glass-chips, without the need for time-consuming leak testing.

Tube-in-tube reactor technology with effluent dilution

Unique tube-in-tube design with easy and rapid exchange of the reactor tubes (within minutes!). No need for any connections. Use of inert diluent gas (outside of reactor) to maintain the pressure prevents dead volumes and back flow. Possibility to use quartz reactors at high pressure applications.

Automated liquid sampling system

Programmable, fully automated liquid product sampling robot for 24/7 hands-off operation. Robot equipped with a compact manifold aiming at depressurizing the effluent immediately after each reactor to atmospheric pressure. Eliminates the use of high pressure valves.

Reactor Pressure Control (RPC)

The most accurate and stable pressure regulator for a 16-parallel reactors with just ±0.1bar RSD. The RPC uses microfluidics technology to regulate the pressure of each reactor, maintaining equal distribution of the inlet flow over the 16 reactors.

Auto-calibrating liquid feed distribution, measurement, and control

Distribution of difficult feedstocks e.g., VGO, HVGO, DAO. Liquid distribution 0.2% RSD, making it the most accurate liquid distribution device on the market. Option to selectively isolate each reactor.

Single-Pellet-String-Reactors (SPSR)

No dead-zones, no bed packing & distribution effects. The catalyst packing is straightforward and does not require special procedures. A single string of catalyst particles is loaded in the reactors avoiding maldistribution, eliminating channeling and incomplete wetting.

EasyLoad®

Unique reactor closing system with no connections. Rapid reactor replacement minimizing delays, improving uptime and reliability. Stable evaporation by liquid injection into reactor.

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