Efficient process for OME production

Efficient process for OME production

New catalysts enable a significantly more efficient production of the synthetic fuel oxymethylene ether

Intellectual Property and Innovation Management

Deniz Bayramoglu, +49 6151 16-57215

Robert Heitzmann, +49 6151 16-57228

Status quo

Oxymethylene ethers (OME) are potential low emission synthetic fuels/additives. They can be produced from renewable resources and renewable energy. Thus, they represent a solution in the future sustainable mobility mix. Several routes are known for their production. The actual OME formation has so far been achieved by oligomerization, e.g. with zeolites or ion exchange resins as acidic catalysts. However, the productivity of these catalysts is limited.

Our technology: Catalytic OME process

Heteropoly acids catalyze the formation of short-chain OME with significantly higher activity and selectivity than conventional acidic catalysts.

Advantages

  • Heteropoly acids catalyze the formation of short-chain OME with significantly higher activity and selectivity than conventional acidic catalysts.
  • good scalability and variable reaction control for flexible process design
  • investment and operating costs lower than with conventional technologies

Current stage of development

Technology-Readiness-Level (TRL): Level [3].

The process is currently being further developed in the laboratory.

Application possibilities

The applicability of heteropoly acids is an essential basis for process development in OME production. A flexible process design is enabled with different options for reaction control such as a continuous suspension/membrane reactor in the liquid phase or a fixed-bed reactor with easy implementation of the necessary separation technology.

Commercialization opportunities

For the implementation of the technology we are looking for interested companies who would like to extend their product portfolio or open up new business fields. There are various possibilities for cooperation between the industrial partner and TU Darmstadt: from an exchange with the know-how carriers of the technology up to a close cooperation in case of further development needs. The technology is protected by intellectual property rights and can be used by the industry partner after a sale or licensing agreement.