Lab and Pilot Facilities
EFT’s laboratory was purpose built for Fischer Tropsch R&D and product upgrading R&D. It operates 24/7 year round. Here is a partial list of equipment:
Reactor Operations – General Equipment:
20 lab scale reactor stations that can be configured as fixed-bed, trickle bed or continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR).
In addition the lab has 4 high temp reactor stations (700-1800 F).
Full commercial scale tubular (fixed-bed) FT reactor (1 BPD) at ThermoChem Recovery International’s demonstration facility in Raleigh Durham, NC. Synthesis gas processed is up to 30,000 scf per day from either biomass or MSW.
|Steam cooled commercial scale-up reactor station with 4 interchangeable tubular reactor configurations including high-pressure gas recycle capability.|
Reactor Process Support Equipment:
|1||Dual core PLC system|
|3||Graphic User Interface (GUI) stations|
|2||Hewlett-Packard gas chromatograph (GC) systems configured for standard refinery gas analysis|
|4||Hewlett-Packard micro GC systems configured for standard refinery gas analysis; and
Custom hardware and software sample interface to combine GC and process data into database files for process analyses and engineering calculations.
Product Analysis Equipment:
|3||GC systems configured to conduct high and low temperature applications and ASTM simulated distillation calculations|
|1||D-86 distillation system|
|1||D-445 system for high and low temperature viscosity analyses|
Catalyst Analyses and Related Equipment:
|Termo-gravimetric analyzer with mass spectrometer – TGA/MS;|
|Nitrogen porosimetry analyzer for BET and related analyses|
|Chemisorption analyzer set-up to conduct both hydrogen and carbon monoxide experiment|
Our Engineering Capabilities are described in the Lab Services Section