Lummus Technology has unveiled its ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) process technology, which is now available commercially.
The technology offers a safe and reliable solution by integrating ethanol to ethylene (EtE), olefin oligomerization and hydrogenation technologies in a process configuration that maximizes the final yield to SAF while minimizing costs and carbon emissions.
Leon de Bruyn, president and chief executive officer of Lummus Technology, explained, “Lummus’ extensive commercial experience in all steps, including conversion of ethanol feedstock and production of the SAF process, gives us a unique advantage to help our customers produce sustainable fuels. Our process leverages proven, commercial-scale technologies that we integrate to meet the aviation industry’s growing demand for SAF and support its decarbonization efforts.”
As part of the process, Lummus has partnered with Braskem to produce green ethylene, which accelerates the use of bioethanol and supports the industry’s efforts towards a carbon neutral economy.
Braskem’s ethanol dehydration unit in Brazil, which has been operating since 2010, uses EtE EverGreen technology to produce 260 kilotons per year of ethylene from ethanol. Lummus has integrated this dehydration process with its light olefins oligomerization and advanced hydroprocessing technologies through Chevron Lummus Global, a joint venture with Chevron.
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