February 2008

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Fluid catalytic cracking—a diesel producing machine

Advanced catalyst systems maximize middle distillate yields

Pouwels, C., Yung, K. Y., Albemarle Catalysts BV

Worldwide demand for transportation fuels continues increasing. Noticeably, the increase in diesel demand will exceed demand for gasoline, especially in Europe. The fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit has proven to be an excellent machine to convert vacuum gasoils and residual feedstocks. Traditionally, the focus has been on producing high-quality gasoline blending components. New catalyst developments can provide novel solutions to maximize diesel production over gasoline by catalytic crackers. Evolving demand for transportation fuels. Global demand for motor gasoline and diesel is expected to increase. Growing demand for gasoline and diesel will vary depending on the region. However, dem

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