The traditional technology used in Olefins production has reached its limits in efficiency and sustainability.
Instead of focusing on improving the existing technology, RDR is a completely new patented technology that replaces the most inefficient and polluting part of the Olefins production process with a cleaner and more efficient method.
Olefins are traditionally produced by steam cracking Ethane or Naphtha at extremely high temperatures in massive cracker furnaces. The core reacting mixture is heated in tubular coils from the outside of the reaction zone through tube walls using non- renewable fossil fuels and massive amounts of energy. It is this part of the process that is the main source of CO2 emissions in Olefins production.
Instead of heating the feedstock mixture from outside the reaction zone, RDR’s high-velocity rotor blades create thermal energy to heat the mixture inside the reaction zone – quickly and much more efficiently. And RDR’s motors have the ability to use renewable electric power, making it the only feasible technology that can use electricity instead of fossil fuels to reach the high cracking temperatures needed in the Olefins production process.
The use of electricity produced from renewable sources can decrease CO2 emissions compared to the existing furnace technology. This means 1.6 million metric tonnes fewer CO2 emissions a year per 1Mt Ethylene plant. When RDR becomes the industry standard, together we will be able to achieve 300 million metric tonnes less CO2 emissions globally.
When it comes to hydrocarbon cracking, the main factors affecting product distribution are the composition of the feed, the temperature of the reacting gas, pressure, and residence time.
Because RDR creates higher temperatures with a shorter residence time, it is able to achieve 20% higher Ethylene yields. For petrochemical producers, that translates into increased annual profits of over 200M$ per 1 million metric tonnes Ethylene plant. Shorter residence times and higher temperatures also mean that RDR is less prone to coking than conventional furnaces, resulting in lower operational costs and increased up time.
And that 20% higher Ethylene yield also means fewer CO2 emissions per Ethylene ton. Taking RDR into use also decreases capital expenditure when building a new Ethylene plant.
According to Industrial Transformation 2050: Pathways to Net-Zero Emissions from EU Heavy Industry, the steam cracking of Naphtha into Ethylene and other high value chemicals and the use of fossil fuels in steam cracking are the most dominant sources of carbon emissions in the production of plastics.
The petrochemical industry and governments have an important role to play in helping to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and moving towards net-zero heavy industry in Europe by 2050.
RDR’s electric motors replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, cutting carbon emissions down to zero and helping petrochemical producers and governments to fulfill their commitments to the Paris Agreement.
High-speed rotor blades generate more heat in less time, and with less energy.
Revolutionary electric motor replaces fossil fuels
with renewable energy.