American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
Annual Meeting — March 2012
At the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers annual meeting in 2012, Rive Technology provided background on Rive’s Molecular Highway™ technology and discussed, with a representative from the initial refinery trial site, the results from the first commercial refinery trial in the U.S., focusing on the applicability of the trial results to the broader U.S. refining community.
There is an opportunity to improve the economics of the FCCU and the refinery with new catalyst technologies that improve both coke selectivity and upgrade bottoms upgrading into high quality blending stocks for transportation fuels, diesel, and gasoline. But FCC catalyst innovation the last decade has largely focused on achieving these results through improved matrices, binders and additives, rather than improvements to the zeolite component of the FCC catalyst.
Rive has focused its research efforts on the zeolite component of the FCC catalyst and has developed Molecular Highway™ technology for introducing, in a controlled manner, mesoporosity into Y zeolites. The enhanced porosity leads to improved catalyst product selectivity, resulting in higher yields of desirable products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, and light olefins, and less of undesirable products like heavy cycle oil, fuel oil and coke.
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