October 2014

Misc

Consider integrated ethanol-to-EO/EG processes

Ethanol-based production of ethylene, ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol (EG) dates back to the 1960s. The process is commercially proven and has been extensively applied industrially. Recent tre..

Schneider, R., Scientific Design Co.; Goyal, S., The Scientific Design Company, Inc.

Ethanol-based production of ethylene, ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol (EG) dates back to the 1960s. The process is commercially proven and has been extensively applied industrially. Recent trends in small, purpose-built EO-only plants with no nearby source of ethylene, and the consumer push for bio-monoethylene glycol (MEG)-based green packaging, have created new opportunities for this once-thought-to-be-obsolete know-how technology. ETHANOL TO ETHYLENE Industrial ethanol dehydration catalysts were developed in the 1960s.1 By the 1980s, the first commercial ethanol-to-ethylene (E2E) process was licensed.1 While newer catalysts are touted to be more active than alumina-based catalys

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