Syngas to Fuel Syngas – The Fuel for the Post–Oil Era?

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Plenty of research is being done around the world on fuel to be used after post-oil era. STF project is one of such researches, which has successfully developed an innovative process for providing fuel from wide range of feedstock.

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Syngas to fuel facilities can use natural gas or bio gas as the basic feedstock
Syngas to fuel facilities can use natural gas or bio gas as the basic feedstock
(Picture: CAC-Chemnitz)

The global reserves of crude oil and ultimately supply of fuel is limited. The closer we approach the post-oil era, the greater the demand for true alternatives will become. Therefore, Syngas to Fuel (STF) project from Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz (CAC) took on the quest for a method for generation of fuel from gas.

Natural gas or biomass can be used as the basis for feedstock. The quality of the syngas may significantly vary in the process. The production of the fuel happens in two process stages - a methanol and gasoline synthesis. The quality of the newly generated fuel complies with the Euro IV standard.


Syngas Catalysts – Technological Innovation

The STF process is based on a new combination of various process parameters. In addition to using one of the newly developed catalysts, it is primarily the realised design of the heat transfer, which makes the process unique. This process has two parallel running poststages – gasoline stabilisation by distillation and methanol recovery by catalytic reaction. The advantage of methanol recovery is obvious, because residual water is recycled and reused as feed water in the process.

Using A Variety of Feedstocks: Focus on Flexibility

One of the key advantages of the STF method is the flexibility in the selection of the feedstock for syngas. Variety of feedstock options such as natural gas, crude oil associated gas, refinery gases, coal and renewable resources make the process sustainable.