August 2014

Trends and Resources

HP Industry Perspectives: Second-generation petrochemical processes take lead

Ethylene is the bellwether petrochemical. Almost all petrochemicals begin with ethylene and proceed to other major petrochemicals, including polyethylene (PE), ethylene dichloride, ethylbenzene and et..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ethylene is the bellwether petrochemical. Almost all petrochemicals begin with ethylene and proceed to other major petrochemicals, including polyethylene (PE), ethylene dichloride, ethylbenzene and ethylene oxide (EO). Renewables have been the main focus for fuels. Now, technologies are finding new routes to produce bioethylene. Biobased processes The new pathway is ethanol-to-ethylene (E2E); it involves the dehydrogenation of ethanol to produce ethylene. BP Downstream Technology announced its “green” ethylene process, Hummingbird, in late 2013. The success of BP’s process followed 10 years of research and development to fine-tune the dehydrogenation process, using mild ope

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