The OCMOL project addressed several key challenges in catalysis and chemical engineering, such as oxidative coupling of methane, ethylene oligomerization to liquids, membrane/PSA separation, methane dry reforming, oxygenate synthesis and oxygenate to liquids conversion. For this purpose, OCMOL has developed and implemented high throughput methodologies to accelerate the discovery of new materials, such as catalysts, adsorbents and membranes, and to propose a green integrated chemical process with near zero CO2 emissions.
A considerable number of breakthrough materials have been discovered, demonstrating reduced lab-to-pilot-to-process cycle times, with reduced environmental impact and cost. These achievements have been obtained by developing an advanced process simulation toolkit and high-tech micro-engineering technology as well. This toolkit was systematically applied by the OCMOL partners to the aforementioned chemical objectives.
The main process steps have been implemented in separate test units and were virtually integrated. An economic evaluation of the integrated process resulted into several recommendations for improving the competiveness of the OCMOL process, e.g., increasing the yield towards liquids via ethylene oligomerization. Life cycle analysis indicated that the carbon footprint ‘from cradle to gate’ is smaller compared to other natural gas-to-synthetic diesel processes. Additionally, some key remaining challenges have been identified, in particular the limited ethylene yield of the oxidative coupling of methane and capital expenditures for the separation section.
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