TITLE: Heterogeneous catalytic process for alcohol fuels from syngas. Final technical report.
AUTHOR: B. D. Dombek.
INST. AUTHOR: Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics Co., Inc., South Charleston, WV. Technical Center.
SPONSOR: Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
PUB. TYPE: Technical Report
PUB. COUNTRY: United States
SOURCE: Department of Energy [DE], Mar 96, 175p.
NTIS ORDER NO.: DE96050287INW
The primary objective of this project has been the pursuit of a catalyst system which would allow the selective production from syngas of methanol and isobutanol. It is desirable to develop a process in which the methanol to isobutanol weight ratio could be varied from 70/30 to 30/70. The 70/30 mixture could be used directly as a fuel additive, while, with the appropriate downstream processing, the 30/70 mixture could be utilized for methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) synthesis. The indirect manufacture of MTBE from a coal derived syngas to methanol and isobutanol process would appear to be a viable solution to MTBE feedstock limitations. To become economically attractive, a process fro producing oxygenates from coal-derived syngas must form these products with high selectivity and good rates, and must be capable of operating with a low-hydrogen-content syngas. This was to be accomplished through extensions of known catalyst systems and by the rational design of novel catalyst systems.
REPORT NUMBER: DOE/PC/90046-T18
CONTRACT NUMBER: AC22-91PC90046