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1. Ganesan, Aravind. Development of a modern catalytic system for the production of C3+ aliphatic alcohols by the Fischer-Tropsch method.

Degree: Energy Technology, 2019, KTH

This thesis deals with converting a mixture of H2 and CO, also referred to as syngas or producer gas, to higher or mixed alcohols and other fuels through a process called Fischer Tropsch Synthesis (FTS). It is a beneficial pathway that minimizes the dependence on oil and similar fossil fuels which contribute to rapid climate change by releasing harmful greenhouse gases. The syngas used in FTS, is generally obtained through gasification of biomass to make the entire process renewable and to make the resulting fuel carbon neutral. The products are pure due to prior cleaning of syngas mixture to remove oxides of nitrogen, sulphur and other particulate matter, before the process, thereby drastically reducing the net exhaust gas emissions. The major objective of this project is to design a novel catalyst system and subject it to a series of experimentation for testing its selectivity towards alcohols. This is because the present catalytic systems are either very expensive to assemble or confer to a low yield. Two cobalt (Co) based catalysts, one without a promoter and the other which is promoted by zirconium (Zr), are prepared. The activity and selectivity of Co catalysts are finally compared with the existing Swedish Biofuels AB’s Iron (Fe) based catalyst promoted by copper (Cu) and chromium (Cr) along with characterization of the optimum reaction parameters like temperature, pressure, GHSV and syngas ratio for FTS. Aqueous incipient impregnation approach was adopted wherein the Co active metal and Zr promoter (only in second catalyst) are introduced step-wise on a ϒ-alumina support to synthesize the catalyst after which it is heat treated through drying, calcination and reduction to obtain the active Co metal catalyst. A high temperature FTS, was employed for the yield of alcohols and other gasoline derivatives according to literature. Finally, the liquid and gaseous products are analyzed through GC or GC/MS analysis techniques. The unpromoted Co catalyst’s activity is regarded as a failure due to satisfactory results. There were a few problems associated with the catalyst alone like poor mechanical stability that could be attributed to the use of an incorrect binder. Other problems included methanation due to haphazard temperature variations and inefficient catalyst reduction. For the promoted Co catalyst, the yield of alcohols and hydrocarbons was significantly higher than the unpromoted Co catalyst. A temperature of 300 °C, a GHSV of 360 h-1 , a pressure of 10 bar and a H2:CO ratio of 1.3:1 were the optimal background conditions for FTS. Higher temperature caused methanation and reduced the chain growth probability factor, α, that resulted in the formation of lower hydrocarbons only. Any increase in gas ratio and GHSV, also increased the rate of methane formation and caused diffusion limitations. For a one-stage setup with the reversal of exhaust gases, the conversion rates of CO and H2 were quite promising. This success can be attributed to a higher calcination temperature that increased the degree of…

Subjects/Keywords: syngas; Cobalt; Fischer-Tropsch; alcohols; hydrocarbons; syngas; kobolt; Fischer-Tropsch; alkoholer; kolväten; Energy Systems; Energisystem

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APA (6th Edition):

Ganesan, A. (2019). Development of a modern catalytic system for the production of C3+ aliphatic alcohols by the Fischer-Tropsch method. (Thesis). KTH. Retrieved from http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-259958

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Ganesan, Aravind. “Development of a modern catalytic system for the production of C3+ aliphatic alcohols by the Fischer-Tropsch method.” 2019. Thesis, KTH. Accessed November 30, 2020. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-259958.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Ganesan, Aravind. “Development of a modern catalytic system for the production of C3+ aliphatic alcohols by the Fischer-Tropsch method.” 2019. Web. 30 Nov 2020.

Vancouver:

Ganesan A. Development of a modern catalytic system for the production of C3+ aliphatic alcohols by the Fischer-Tropsch method. [Internet] [Thesis]. KTH; 2019. [cited 2020 Nov 30]. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-259958.

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Council of Science Editors:

Ganesan A. Development of a modern catalytic system for the production of C3+ aliphatic alcohols by the Fischer-Tropsch method. [Thesis]. KTH; 2019. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-259958

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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