By changing how Olefins are produced, RDR reduces CO2 emissions, increases profit, and drives the petrochemical industry forward.Watch the video
Olefins are key components of the petrochemical industry and a mainstay of modern everyday life, used in the production of plastics, chemical products, industrial packaging, and more. As the global population grows, so too will the need for and production of Olefins.
Since the 1960s, the leading Ethylene and Propylene production technology has been the steam cracking of feedstocks derived from crude oil or natural gases.
This process works, but the environmental impact makes it unsustainable, especially as demand increases. It has to change.
RDR is the answer the petrochemical industry, governments and regulators, technology providers, and the planet need now – and for the future.
RDR (Roto Dynamic Reactor) is a revolutionary technology that uses rocket engineering, mechanical engineering and chemistry to solve the biggest challenges in Olefins production today.
Olefins are traditionally produced by steam cracking Ethane or Naphtha at extremely high temperatures in massive cracker furnaces. In the traditional process, the reacting mixture is heated in a fired tubular reactor (radiant coil) through the tube walls, using non-renewable fossil fuels and massive amounts of energy. The furnace is the main source of CO2 emissions in Olefins production.
There is a better, more profitable and sustainable way.
RDR replaces the current inefficient and polluting furnace technology with a cleaner and more efficient alternative that significantly increases Ethylene yield while decreasing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
Instead of using a furnace to create the high cracking temperature, RDR’s high-velocity rotor blades convert kinetic energy into thermal energy to heat the mixture in the reaction zone in just a few milliseconds and without the high wall temperatures in traditional technology. The RDR reactor is also practically the only feasible technology capable of using electric power in the cracking process.
By changing how Olefins are produced, RDR saves energy, raw materials and drastically reduces CO2 emissions, increases productivity and profit, and pushes the industry forward.
High-speed rotor blades generate more heat in less time, and with less energy.
Electric motor replaces fossil fuels with renewable energy.
Replace furnaces with a cleaner, faster and more streamlined production process. 20% higher Ethylene yield, lower capex, decrease in CO2 emissions down to zero by renewable electric power.
Meet 2050 carbon neutrality targets by modernizing Olefins production in your market and cutting CO2 emissions down to zero.
Develop and deliver innovative new products and services with the RDR technology. RDR is especially favourable in endothermic reactions requiring a short residence time and fast heating and cooling. Cracked gas quenching is already integrated into the RDR technology and can be applied in several other chemical processes.
To test and further develop our technology and broaden our partner network, we are building an RDR pilot unit at the pioneering sustainable chemical production facility, Brightlands Chemelot Campus, in Geleen, the Netherlands. The year-long test period will kick off in the first half of 2020.
Coolbrook Pilot Reactor Drivetrain
“The RDR has a potential to bring that step change in the field and really become the new standard in the Olefin production.”
Professor, University of Oxford
“Coolbrook’s Rotodynamic technology is one of few viable solutions for the greenhouse gas emissions, replacing the burning of fossil fuel by renewable electricity as the energy source.”
Dr. Ir. Bert Kip
CEO Brightlands Chemelot Campus