21 Mar 2017
Clariant launches PolyMax® 850 catalyst for more profitable and sustainable fuel upgrading
- PolyMax 850 catalyst increases yields of high octane fuel at lower temperatures
- Reduces energy consumption, waste and CO2 emissions
- Offers longer service life and can be easily recycled as fertilizer
Munich, March 21, 2017 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today announced the launch of PolyMax 850, a high-performance, sustainable catalyst for petroleum refineries. The new phosphoric acid catalyst increases polygasoline, nonene and tetramer yields at lower operating temperatures, thus reducing costs and boosting productivity. Compared to previous generations of the PolyMax series, the new catalyst offers an even longer service life, helping to minimize waste in the fuel upgrading process.
Phosphoric acid catalysts are used to convert olefins – produced during cracking processes in oil refineries – to gasoline, solvents or starting materials for plasticizers. Moreover, the catalyst allows operation at significantly lower temperatures, thus saving considerable energy. Besides improving quality and cost efficiency, PolyMax 850 also supports sustainable fuel production. Not only does it reduce demand on raw materials, but also significantly decreases greenhouse gas emissions. Preliminary calculations estimate an annual CO2 reduction of around 100,000 tons compared to other state-of-the-art catalysts.
From start to finish, PolyMax 850 is designed to minimize environmental impact. The catalyst is produced from diatomaceous earth and phosphoric acid in a process that does not generate wastewater. After a long service life at the refinery, PolyMax 850 can be completely recycled into fertilizers or other useful phosphorous compounds. Reutilization already occurs with almost 65% of all spent PolyMax catalysts, helping to reduce the consumption of phosphate rock in the production of phosphorus. Clariant actively works with international partners to further increase recycling rates with the aim of achieving complete lifecycle management for PolyMax series catalysts.
Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President & General Manager Business Unit Catalysts at Clariant, stated, "Due to fluctuations in crude oil prices, the fuel industry is seeking more effective and efficient ways to produce high quality fuels. PolyMax 850 presents a powerful solution. It increases yields and quality, while reducing emissions and waste."
In addition to supplying leading catalyst products, Clariant's Catalysts business unit offers customers comprehensive service regarding the use of its catalysts.
Dedicated support begins with providing process information during the initial stages of plant design and construction, includes start-up assistance when the plant is placed on stream, and continues with follow-up maintenance to ensure optimum operating performance of catalysts.
PolyMax® IS A TRADEMARK OF CLARIANT REGISTERED IN MANY COUNTRIES.
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Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2016 the company employed a total workforce of 17 442. In the financial year 2016, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 5.847 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in four business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis, Natural Resources, and Plastics & Coatings. Clariant’s corporate strategy is based on five pillars: focus on innovation through R&D, add value with sustainability, reposition portfolio, intensify growth, and increase profitability.
Clariant’s Catalysts business unit is a leading global developer and producer of catalysts for industrial processes. It has been part of the Catalysis business area of the Clariant Group since the acquisition of Süd-Chemie in 2011. Clariant Catalysts is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has a total of 16 production sites, 15 sales offices, and 11 R&D and technical centers around the world. Approximately 1 550 employees serve customers across all regional markets. Aimed at delivering sustainable value to customers, Clariant’s catalysts and adsorbents are designed to increase production throughput, lower energy consumption, and reduce hazardous emissions from industrial processes. The broad portfolio also includes products that enable the use of alternative feedstock for chemical and fuel production.