Chevron, Honeywell Start Up Commercial Ionic Liquids Alkylation Unit -- Commodity Comment
By Robb M. Stewart
Chevron Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. Tuesday announced
the commissioning and start-up of what they say is the world's
first commercial-scale ISOALKY process unit that uses ionic liquids
to produce alkylate used to increase octane in motor fuels.
On the technology:
The companies said the technology, first used in Chevron's Salt
Lake City refinery, is designed to meet the refining industry's
needs for a cost-effective alternative to conventional liquid acid
systems that offers process safety advantages. "Using a non-aqueous
liquid salt, or ionic liquid, the revolutionary new catalytic
process is handled with standard personal protective equipment and
produces a valuable high-octane blending component that helps lower
the environmental impact of gasoline."
Bryan Glover, president and CEO of Honeywell UOP, said: "Ionic
liquids have strong acid properties that enable them to produce
alkylate without the volatility of conventional acids, allowing for
simpler handling procedures. Together with Chevron, Honeywell UOP
has commercialized a solution that meets the rising global demand
for cleaner-burning fuels at a lower cost while simplifying complex
ISOALKY technology can be used in new refineries as well as in
existing facilities undergoing capital expansion or retrofit
applications, the companies said. They said the technology has
wider and improved feed flexibility relative to conventional
alkylation technologies. Ionic liquids are regenerated on-site,
eliminating the need for road or marine transportation for offsite
regeneration and polymer byproduct handling.
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