Biomass Co-processing Pilot Plant
Co-feeding liquefied biomass (Bio-crude) with conventional feedstock in existing refineries, also known as Biomass Co-processing, is a promising option for efficient and smooth energy shift as it does require minimum technical change to running industrial plant. Bio-crude is quite easily produced by pyrolysis and Liquefaction processes, however its significantly high amount of oxygen could lead to fast & severe catalyst deactivation. In addition to covering technical change to meet bio-crude specificity (viscosity, chemical compatibility, stickiness). Vinci’s Technologies pilot plant for biomass co-processing is handling catalytic activity investigation to develop & demonstrate high activity catalyst for bio-crude. Biomass co-processing pilot plant as manufactured by Vinci Technologies is based on Fluid Catalytic Cracking process (FCC) or Ebullated Bed Hydrocracking process.
The biomass co-processing pilot plant can be briefly described by:
• a feed conditioning module (gas & liquid phase)
• a bio-crude introduction module meeting
• a reaction module (Fluidized Bed or ebullated Bed where bio-crude is converted in valuable compounds thanks to an efficient catalyst
• a downstream module where valuable liquid and gas are separated, recovered, characterize and send to storage vessel.
Vinci Technologies provides stat of the art testing tools to investigate operation and performance of new high efficient catalysts capable of biomass co-processing to high added value liquid. Thanks to Vinci Technologies versatile design, accurate catalyst activity investigation can be carried out, to optimize development active and selective catalyst.