Conceptual design of glycerol hydrogenolysis plant

Elena Zaharia, Costin Sorin Bildea, Grigore Bozga

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The evaluation of plant performing gas phase glycerol hydrogenolysis is presented. The study is based on experimental data obtained in our laboratory. Information about the glycerol conversion and selectivity towards several interesting products was obtained by experiments performed over a copper-chromite catalyst in a fixed-bed reactor. The main product was 1,2-propanediol, by-products as acetol and propanol being also observed. The following set of operating conditions was selected for further evaluation: reaction at 240°C, 20 bar and 1 Nm3/L hydrogen : glycerol ratio, leading to 93% glycerol conversion and 72% selectivity towards 1,2-propanediol. The design of a glycerol hydrogenolysis plant was performed in AspenPlus. Economic evaluation lead to a Total Annual Cost of 2701 103 US$ / year, for a production of 14500 tonnes/year 1,2-propanediol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-434
Number of pages5
JournalRevista de Chimie
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • Conceptual design
  • Economic evaluation
  • Glycerol
  • Hydrogenolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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