Dow and Shell Demonstrate Progress in Joint Technology Development

Following the announcement of a joint development agreement in June 2020, Dow and Shell reported progress on their technology program to electrically heat steam cracker furnaces. This new route has the potential to significantly reduce CO emissions2 emissions from one of the central processes in the chemical industry.

The companies confirm that the joint program received 3.5 million euros (US $ 4.2 million) as part of the funding for the Research, Development and Innovation (MOOI) program focused on mission by the Dutch government. They also announce their association with the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT). This multi-company collaboration aims to accelerate key milestones for short-term progress and the longer-term breakthroughs needed.

In the first year, the program advanced electrification solutions for today’s steam crackers while pursuing breakthrough technologies for new, longer-term electrified cracker designs. The dual track approach aims to support the emission reductions needed to meet companies’ CO 2030 targets2 ambitions and their targets to achieve net zero emissions companies by 2050 or before, in line with the Paris agreement. Joint teams in the Netherlands and the United States deployed their expertise in electrical design, metallurgy, hydrocarbon technology and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to refine concepts, validate emissions benefits, advance patents, demonstrate the durability of electric heating elements and partner with material suppliers.

The companies are currently evaluating the construction of a multi-megawatt pilot plant, with a potential start-up in 2025, subject to investment support.

The two new employees bring additional expertise and a common commitment to a low-carbon future. TNO has extensive knowledge of high temperature heat transfer applications and plays a leading role in identifying innovative electrical technologies that could be deployed in industry. It is a founding partner of the advanced industrial electrification laboratory in Rotterdam. ISPT focuses on the integration of preferred concept systems, linking the dynamics of disruptive technologies with those of public services and chemical industry infrastructure through the energy transition.

Thomas Casparie, Executive Vice President of Global Chemicals at Shell, said: “Being selected for Dutch government funding is a vote of confidence in the initial progress of this joint electronics cracking program and its potential to help transform the industry. ‘chemical industry. This effort is an example of true business-to-business collaboration to accelerate decarbonization, and it’s great to have our two new partners on board. “

“Our multidisciplinary team has forged a solid foundation from which to work and made significant progress in the first year of our multigenerational plan,” added Keith Cleason, vice president of Dow Olefins, Aromatics and Alternatives business. “We are delighted to add ISPT and TNO to the joint program, as they bring complementary expertise and share the same desire to bring viable and low-carbon technologies online as soon as they are feasible.”

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