OCMOL poster - Ind Tech 2014 Athens [Read-Only]

Vaios I. Alexiadis*, Guy B. Marin*
* Laboratory for Chemical Technology, Technologiepark 914, 9052, Ghent, Belgium
http: // www.lct.Ugent.be
Email : Vaios. [email protected]
Scope : As the global energy demand and crude oil price rise, alternative production routes for the same hydrocarbon products are becoming more and more
economically attractive. In this respect, synthetic fuels created from natural gas offer now an alternative to the traditional fuel supply mix. The OCMOL project
aims at developing an innovative chemical route adapted to the exploitation of small gas reservoirs from both a technical and an economic point of view. The
corresponding process is, among others, based on oxidative coupling of methane followed by its subsequent oligomerization to liquids.
OCMOL process
OCMOL workplan and publishable results
Major technological challenges are addressed in the fields of :
methane oxidative coupling (OCM)
methane dry reforming (RM)
ethylene oligomerization
membrane/PSA separation
oxygenate synthesis and
oxygenate to liquids conversion
Different separation scenarios were
Next to preferential oxidation of CO,
selective adsorption has been selected
as prime separation technique.
A standard syngas to oxygenate catalyst
was selected as a benchmark for the
basic design of the global OCMOL
Zeolites have been tested over a range
of conditions for the conversion of
oxygenates to C5+ hydrocarbons. A
benchmark catalyst has been selected.
S. Aguado et al, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (2012) 14635-14637
OCMOL advantages
Economic operation at low capacities ( ~ 100 kT/year), currently not
present in the industry.
Fully integrated industrial process, self-sufficient with the re-use and
the recycling of by-products at every process stage.
An operation at more uniform pressure levels, thus reducing the costs
for compression.
Flexibility of product streams (diesel/gasoline/petrochemicals) will allow
maximum profitability by adapting the outcome to fluctuations in market
Close to zero CO2 emissions, contributing to face global
OCMOL consortium
OCMOL project brings together 17 partners from different countries and
with varied expertise in a competitive consortium.
Modeling of the adsorption units has
been performed.
Composite membranes for dioxygen
enrichment have been developed, tested
and scaled-up. Their stability has been
SEMK modeling was applied to describe
experimental data and to perform
industrial reactor simulations. A selection
of reactor technologies has been made.
OCM comprehensive microkinetic model
has been constructed, which can be used
in the assessment of kinetic data acquired
on an extended range of catalysts and
allow scale up to anticipated industrial
Selection of the most promising
catalysts, after testing more than 100,
has been made taking into account
effects of the most problematic
impurities in the feed. Testing of a
pilot plant has been initiated.
T.V. W. Janssens et al. , J. Catal., 308 (2013) 122-130
: CH4 conversion
: C2 selectivity
Closed: Li / MgO
Grey : Sn – Li / MgO
Open : Sr / La2O3
V. I. Alexiadis et al., App. Cat. B, 150-151 (2014) 496-505
100 + participations of OCMOL partners in scientific events
30 + publications in books and peer reviewed journals
Final public FP7 joint event on 1st July 2014 in Ghent
RM catalyst with good behavior with
respect to coking has been developed,
tested and optimized. The implementation
of the envisaged reactors has been
Possibility of OCM-RM autothermal
operation has been confirmed.
A. Martinez et al., App. Cat. A , 467 (2013) 509-518
experimental data on a benchmark
catalyst has been finalized, allowing
the conceptual design of an industrial
The OCMOL project is supported by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development with up to 7.5
M€, out of a total budget of 11.5 M€. This 5 year project is running from 1st September 2009 and ends on 31st August 2014.
Industrial Technologies 2014, Athens, 9-11/04/2014