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Topsoe Blog

Refiners can make a sweet deal from sour fuel gas

20.11.2017
An excess of very sour fuel gas can be the result when a refinery process heavy feedstocks into modern low-sulfur fuels. But refiners can in fact turn a profit from the additional fuel gas and even reduce sulfur emissions with fuel gas hydrotreatment.

Compliance without compromise for sulfuric acid plants

09.11.2017
A new, highly active catalyst offers sulfuric acid plant operators a significantly more effective way to achieve compliance with emissions standards without compromising on performance. The LEAP5™ catalyst was introduced by Haldor Topsoe at the Sulphur 2017 conference.

Bio-based chemicals one step closer to commercial breakthrough

09.11.2017
Braskem and Haldor Topsoe partner to validate the MOSAIK™ sugar-to-biochemicals solution for production of MEG (monoethylene glycol) in a demonstration plant. The new partnership accelerates the development of the MOSAIK™ solution that forms the basis for a growing portfolio of bio-based chemicals produced through patented processes. MEG is a key...

234 more family houses in Frederikssund will stay warm with Topsoe heat this winter

06.11.2017
Thanks to the installment of a new condenser, Topsoe will not only provide more excess heat to the neighboring houses in Frederikssund, but also help reduce the CO2 emission from the district heating plant.

New knowledge about copper-zeolite catalysts for diesel emissions control – get access to Topsoe’s Perspective published in Science

11.09.2017
The active sites of a Cu-zeolite catalyst for diesel emissions control are not static, but are created and dissolved on the fly as the reaction proceeds.

Nature Communications publishes break-through scientific evidence: Nano-design can reduce air pollution

22.08.2017
In the latest edition of the Nature Communications journal, Topsoe’s Stig Helveg shares scientific evidence that nano-designed titanium crystals can improve catalysts that reduce air pollution. The optimized titanium oxide crystals boost the reactivity of vanadium oxide in their vicinity. This discovery was made by Topsoe in collaboration with the...

Revenue and EBIT growth from continuing business – half-year results impacted by sale of business areas

15.08.2017
Revenue and EBIT from Topsoe’s continuing business increased 5% and 8%, respectively, in the first half of 2017, when adjusting for one-time effects of restarted contracts in 2016. The financial results were significantly impacted by Haldor Topsoe’s recent divestment of its emissions control business areas which involved a total estimated loss of...

A low CAPEX path to higher profitability

01.08.2017
     Delayed coking MARPOL regulations are creating uncertainty about how best to invest in conversion capacity to comply or shift production to more profitable products.

Make the most of what you have

01.08.2017
     Feed stream management In the not-so distant past, crude oil prices were hitting records everyday worldwide as downstream operators saw their margins decrease. 

A cost effective way to convert sulfur compounds from oils

01.08.2017
     Hydrogen technology – Steam reforming hydrocarbons Treating fuel oils to meet the strict MARPOL sulfur regulations 2020 will require hydrogen. It is by far the most economical way to convert the sulfur compounds found in oil. When this organic sulfur is converted to H2S, it can be processed into commercial grade sulfuric acid or elemental...

Upgrade heavy fuel oil to meet MARPOL regulations

01.08.2017
     Atmospheric Residue De-Sulfurization (ARDS) The introduction of new MARPOL regulations is expected to have a major impact on demand patterns in our industry. While this will present challenges to refineries, it will also create opportunities for those companies who optimize assets.

Deal efficiently with soot from heavy fuel oil

01.08.2017
     Soot and particulate removal Shipping, unlike land-based transportation, has not been subject to strict environmental regulations. It isn’t simply a question of whether or not companies were prepared to pay for technology improvements to reduce emissions. In fact, the technology was simply not available.  

A cleaner alternative to bunker fuel oil

01.08.2017
     Conversion to methanol production The MARPOL legislation on bunker fuel for 2020 requires that sulfur emissions can be no higher than 0.5 wt% of the fuel used. Within these parameters, methanol is emerging as an alternative to bunker fuel because it’s clean and contains no sulfur or NOx and is soot-free.

A bold shift into high value products

01.08.2017
     Slurry technology Thanks to MARPOL, refineries have more incentive than ever to exit the bunker fuel market and shift their production to lucrative products such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel.

A lower cost option for increasing capacity

01.08.2017
     Crude overflash hydrocracking One approach to reducing the dependency on the fuel oil market has been to revamp or install more conversion capacity in refineries. Such projects have been an extremely cost-effective way for a refinery to shift its product slate.

Handling increasing amounts of H2S

01.08.2017
     Sulfur management In the race to achieve more and deeper desulfurization of fuel oil and other refinery products, the challenges faced by refineries are many. For some, the issue is capacity. Existing H2S gas treatment facilities such as Claus plants may not have sufficient capacity to treat additional H2S gas. In other cases, refiners need...

Are you MARPOL ready?

01.08.2017
     NOx reduction On January 1, 2016, a new era for the marine NOx emission reduction industry began. As the first in the world, the US coast became an IMO Tier III NOx Emission Control Area (NECA). NECAs will expand around the world in the near future, raising the bar for shipping companies as more than 50% of all new ocean-going vessels will be...

Topsoe to help HMEL meet BS-VI fuel specification on fast track

26.06.2017
Topsoe delivers a bundled technology solution of diesel hydrotreater unit and revamp of hydrogen generation facility. HMEL refinery will be revamped to deliver BS VI (equivalent Euro VI) fuel specifications under BS-VI Fuel Quality Project BS-VI Fuel Quality Project is planned to be commissioned within just 36 months. Indian refinery company...

Topsoe sharpens focus, sells emissions control areas

20.06.2017
Topsoe sells automotive and stationary DeNOx business areas to Umicore. Topsoe will increase focus on developing new sustainable solutions and expanding core business within catalysts and technology for the petrochemical industry and refineries. The contract value is DKK 900 million plus an earn-out. Today, Topsoe announced that it has sold its...

Can splitting water make hydrogen the energy carrier of the future?

23.05.2017
A new paper from University of Houston describes a cheap and effective electrocatalyst that can help split water into oxygen and hydrogen. Hydrogen burns very clean and is often mentioned as a potential energy carrier of the future. That’s probably the reason why the news from Houston sparked a huge debate on Reddit and inspired many comments...