Intensified Alkenyl Benzenes Production via Modular Redox Dehydrogenation
Project Innovation + Advantages:
North Carolina State University (NC State) will develop transformative, autothermal Redox-Dehydrogenation (RDH) technology to flexibly produce a variety of alkenyl benzenes in modular packed beds with integrated air separation and greatly simplified product separation. Styrene alone represents a market of over $50 billion/year and its production emits more than 27 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). NC State aims to demonstrate the feasibility and attractiveness of the RDH technology and its ability to reduce energy consumption, operating costs, energy, and CO2 emissions for styrene and other alkenyl benzenes. With the rapid growth in DVB demands, the RDH technology has the potential to capture a >$70 billion/year market while reducing the related CO2 emissions by 25 million tons each year.
The NC State team plans to reduce the operating cost, energy consumption, and CO2 emission for styrene (and other alkenyl benzenes) production by >75% compared with state-of-the-art dehydrogenation technology.