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Velocys scales up FT reactors for gas-to-liquids production

Small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) company Velocys says that it has successfully scaled up its Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reactor design to individual reactors with capacities in the range 350 to 1,000 barrels per day (bpd) by adding further standard reactor cores within a single pressure vessel.

Extensive modelling carried out on the design has yielded very positive performance data, according to the company. While the current 175 bpd reactor will continue to be used for plant designs of a few thousand bpd, use of larger reactors will substantially reduce the plant footprint and simplify piping in intermediate size GTL plants.

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Velocys’ FT reactor designs: 700 bpd (left) and 175 bpd (right).

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