1st generation FT catalyst sample shipped to VTT for benchmarking studies

Achieved result: 25 February 2019
Involved partners: CSIC / VTT

Five grams of a microparticulate solid catalyst for the direct conversion of biosyngas to a mixture of synthetic hydrocarbon products enriched in C5-C10 olefins have been produced and tested in the lab of the CSIC partner and transferred to project partner VTT. This material will be applied in benchmarking studies, i.e. to compare its performance and product distribution with existing commercial catalysts under relevant operation conditions, as well as to assess its sensitivity to different levels of impurities in biosyngas feed streams.

  • Objective: To benchmark the innovative solid catalysts for biosyngas conversion, which are being developed in the project, against existing commercial catalysts and under relevant operation conditions with simulated biosyngas feeds (including selected impurities).
  • Research: The 1st-generation of catalysts was prior knowledge of the CSIC partner, based on lab-scale research activities, and acts as a starting point for catalyst development activities in REDIFUEL.
  • Result: A microparticulated solid catalyst was synthesized and transferred to a project partner.
  • What will it be used for: Results will be used as input for up-scaling and piloting activities in WP4 of the project.
  • Impact: Catalysts for the biosyngas conversion step are at the very core of the process concept proposed at REDIFUEL. The sample exchanged for benchmarking activities, and the results expected thereof, are important to advance the project and to design piloting activities.

Image: Scanning electron micrograph of the microparticulate solid catalyst sample.