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C123 - Methane oxidative conversion and hydroformylation to propylene

Propylene production is classified as the 4th largest emitter of greenhouse gases among the major chemical compounds. As the polypropylene market is huge and still growing, it is essential to find alternatives to current, energy-intensive production processes to meet the European environmental challenges. The C123 project’s main goal is the validation in a relevant environment of an efficient and selective transformation of current generally accessible, unexploited, cheap methane resources like stranded gas and biogas, to propylene in particular and C3 products in general.

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To this aim, C123 will develop new catalytic materials in novel process configurations and related operating procedures allowing the conversion of these resources to propylene through Oxidative Conversion of Methane, leading to an ethylene, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen mixture with an optimised composition for further HydroFormylation into propanal and/or propanol, ultimately being dehydrated into propylene, either in an integrated manner or as a stand-alone step.

Partners: SINTEF, UGent, Total, CNRS, Arkema, JM, PDC, Linde, ANAS, Ayming, Axel'One.
SINTEF is the coordinator in the project.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 814557

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Project duration

2019 - 2023

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