Solid-acid alkylation process development is at crucial stage

Pradip Rao Consultant San Jose, Calif. Sorab R. Vatcha Consultant Mountain View, Calif. The refining industry is seeking more environmentally acceptable and economical methods of producing reformulated gasoline (RFG). Alkylate, the cleanest gasoline-blending stream produced in a refinery, is a prime blend stock for RFG production. Alkylation with solid acid catalysts has potential environmental and safety advantages over conventional liquid-acid alkylation. This is especially true for the HF alkylation process. Industry and academia have been researching and developing solid-acid catalysts for more than 25 years. Several processes have reached the pilot-plant stage, but non...

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