Total, IFP Axens form bio-ethylene technology alliance

Total, IFP and Axens form bio-ethylene technology alliance

12:26 PM, 26th March 2011
Total, IFP and Axens form bio-ethylene technology alliance
Total headquarters.


RUEIL-MALMAISON, FRANCE: Total Petrochemicals, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and its subsidiary Axens recently announced an alliance with the objective to develop a new optimized technology for the production of bio-ethylene by dehydration of ethanol. The proprietary technology will address large-scale units and the quality of the monomers will be in line with modern derivative production processes.


Based on Total Petrochemicals original proprietary catalyst development, this new technology will open the way to a competitive production of bio-ethylene from renewable resources with lower energy consumption and lower CO2 emissions.


The goal of this co-development is to implement a new generation of catalysts, envisioning the highest possible carbon-yield for ethylene and to use advanced techniques to minimize energy consumption for the production of polymer-grade ethylene. It is expected that the technology will be ready for industrial implementation around end of 2011. The alliance is also covering other olefinic monomers production from bio-derived higher alcohols which will be developed in parallel within the same technology platform.

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