||Avantium Technologies has announced that
it has successfully launched FLOWRENCE - a new parallel
flow reactor platform for fixed bed catalyst testing.
Avantium has supplied the first systems to major oil and
petrochemical companies in Europe and the US. The new
system allows researchers to test sixteen heterogeneous
catalysts in parallel at small-scale, under conditions,
scalable to industrial application.
The FLOWRENCE incorporates several years of Avantium's
high-throughput catalyst testing experience and is the result
of extensive technology development" - says Tom van Aken,
Chief Executive Officer of Avantium. "We are proud to
have a leading oil company as our launching customer and have
gained serious interest from many other oil refining and chemical
companies. This is great recognition of what we have achieved
in developing this high-throughput technology."
Avantium's FLOWRENCE equipment enables customers to
implement high-throughput heterogeneous catalyst testing in
their laboratories. The FLOWRENCE enhances research
capabilities of chemical and oil companies, increasing the
pace and productivity of research.
Avantium has developed several proprietary techniques that
make the FLOWRENCE a unique system. In addition to Avantium's
automated instrumentation and data handling software, the
technology transfer of FLOWRENCE comes with know-how
and intellectual property rights - as well as installation,
support and training, tailored to customer needs.
In 2005 Avantium decided to commercialise part of its proprietary,
in-house research systems by setting up the Avantium Tools
business. Other products in Avantium Tools' business include
FLOWRENCE is a parallel, fixed-bed reactor system suited
for gas and liquid phase, as well as trickle flow operation.
It has developed from 'Nanoflow' technology - originating
from Shell - which was transferred to Avantium at its foundation
Many improvements by Avantium - including proprietary pressure
regulation, reactor design, robust automation, data-storage,
optimal size and increased number of reactors - were implemented
in the FLOWRENCE reactor system.
The FLOWRENCE units at Avantium have proven their
versatility and applicability in a wide variety of catalytic
processes - such as hydrogenation, desulphurisation, gas-to-products,
water-gas shift, hydrotreating and others. Each FLOWRENCE
unit can be tailored to specific applications.
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