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The design and implementation of a bio-based BTX reactor

Doevendans, T.C. (2015) The design and implementation of a bio-based BTX reactor. Master's Thesis / Essay, Industrial Engineering and Management.

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Global warming is one of the major challenges faced by today¡¯s generation. In order to keep the average temperature increase under the desired 2¡æ, fossil fuel dependency should be reduced. The petrochemical commodities benzene, toluene and the xylene isomers (BTX) are currently mainly produced from the crude oil derived naphtha stream. Interest in producing BTX from lignocellulosic biomass as a green alternative has grown substantially in recent years, however, until now it has been proven extremely difficult to do so in an economically feasible way. This thesis focusses on the design and implementation of a lab-scale reactor, which should have the economic potential of converting lignocellulosic biomass into BTX on an industrial level. To do so, an extensive literature review was executed, after which the design of the lab-scale reactor was realised, tested, and its economic feasibility of scaling the process up to an industrial level determined.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:10
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:10

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