Dow ICIS Best Process Innovation Award
Dow FCDh technology selectively produces targeted olefins from abundant shale gas resources while enabling greater than 20 percent capital savings versus other commercial processes and reducing energy requirements per pound of olefin produced
MIDLAND, Mich. - October 13, 2017 - DowDuPont Materials Science, the business division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) to be named Dow, was awarded the ICIS Best Process Innovation for its patented Fluidized Catalytic Dehydrogenation (FCDh) technology. ICIS, the world’s largest petrochemical market information provider, presents these awards to companies and individuals that demonstrate high levels of innovation in products and processes, provide benefits to the environment and show progress toward sustainability.
Selected from numerous submissions, this process technology selectively produces targeted olefins from abundant shale gas resources while enabling greater than 20 percent capital savings versus other commercial processes and reducing energy requirements per pound of olefin produced. Furthermore, it is easily integrated into existing or new production processes for propylene, ethylene and other valuable hydrocarbon intermediates.
“We are always working to improve our products and processes,” said A.N. Sreeram, senior vice president, Research and Development, and chief technology officer for Dow. “Many things have to fall into place to advance a technology like Fluidized Catalytic Dehydrogenation. Dow has the technical depth in catalysis, reaction engineering, solids processing, analytical and other critical disciplines required to make big process advancements.”
According to Doug May, president of Dow’s Olefins, Aromatics and Alternatives business, “Dow’s competitive advantage is built on innovation and integration. The FCDh technology delivers on both by providing a novel on-purpose propylene process that delivers more flexibility, higher reliability, and ultimately higher returns for our downstream businesses and shareholders. As ethylene and propylene production continue to decouple, FCDh will provide much needed flexibility.”
Dow’s FCDh technology can be integrated into existing or new ethylene crackers to help increase production or tailor these facilities for the desired amount of ethylene and propylene capacity. This enables producers to “flex” their production ratios using shale gas resources in their existing processes, allowing them to quickly respond to changing market dynamics, while saving capital and energy versus existing commercial processes. In addition, it can be used in other aliphatic and alkyl aromatic dehydrogenation processes.
By pursuing solutions that address many of the world’s most challenging problems, Dow continues to be recognized as one of the most innovative organizations in the world.
About DowDuPont Materials Science Division
DowDuPont Materials Science, a business division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. The division has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. DowDuPont Materials Science’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. DowDuPont intends to separate the Materials Science division into an independent, publicly traded company.
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