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Posted: June 28, 2010
Fisher-Tropsch Microchannel Technology Wins the Chemical Industry Association Innovation Award
(Nanowerk News) A combination of a highly active Fischer Tropsch (FT) catalyst and FT microchannel reactor developed by Oxford Catalysts Group was announced as winner of innovation category of the 2010 Chemical Industry Association Awards at an awards ceremony held at St George's Hall, Liverpool on Thursday 24 June 2010. The FT microchannel reactor was chosen for the award from a strong shortlist of six. Derek Atkinson, Business Development Director at Oxford Catalysts accepted the award on behalf of the Group.
The Group's microchannel reactor and catalyst combination has been also recognised by a number of innovation and commercialisation awards in the past year. These include the 2009 Energy Institute Awards (November 2009); a place on the Clean and Cool Trade Mission to Silicon Valley, California (February 2010); an award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Commercialisation at Clean Equity Monaco 2010 (March 2010); and the CWC World XTL Award 2010 (May 2010).
The FT microchannel reactor can be adapted for use in small scale biomass to liquids (BTL) and gas to liquids (GTL) processes. It can operate economically when producing just 500 barrels per day of oil equivalent (boe) from a wide variety of carbon-containing wastes while achieving productivities that are orders of magnitude greater than for conventional FT reactors. Potential feedstocks include agricultural, municipal and forestry waste, as well as the associated or stranded gas produced along with oil which would otherwise be disposed of by flaring or reinjection into the reservoir.
Derek Atkinson, Business Development Director at Oxford Catalysts said:
"We are very proud to have won this important award. The FT microchannel reactor and catalyst combination makes it possible to convert a wide variety of carbon-containing wastes into clean synthetic fuels and so will have a major positive impact on the environment. It's a classic example of the implementation of a technology for sustainable development."