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Using Renewable Feedstock with BASF Catalysts & Adsorbents

Discover our solutions on the BASF Green Map

Climate change is a major challenge for our industries. We want to live up to our responsibility to protect the climate by creating chemistry for our customers and society. We do so by increasing the volume of renewable and recycled feedstocks from sustainable sources.

In our Green Map, we summarize the catalysts we offer to enable the use of renewable raw materials as feedstocks.

Click here to learn more about sustainability at BASF Process Catalysts.

Learn about our solutions and products by clicking on the applications or to contact one of our experts.

DME

Methanol to DME with Al 3992 E

The dehydration of methanol to DME is an integral part of several important syngas-based routes towards olefins and engine fuels.

BASF has developed in-depth experience on this application and is able to offer a state-of-the-art alumina catalyst portfolio including an advanced trilobular shape.

Our customers benefit from the high activity at low temperature with conversion level close to equilibrium and selectivity towards DME above 99 %.

DME

Green fuel & olefins

Catalysts for oxygenates-to-olefins and olefins downstream chemistry

Olefins are central intermediates for chemical value chains. Established naphtha-based production is energy intensive and a large source of CO2 emissions. The use of CO2-free C feed-stock from dry reforming via methanol or dimethyl ether opens a new way towards “green” olefins.

BASF has developed a zeolite-based catalyst for the conversion of oxygenates to a flexible olefin mix. The catalyst has been approved in pilot scale. It has an excellent lifetime and needs no activation procedure. Our offering extends with several zeolite catalysts designed for olefin upgrading by conversion into fuels.

Green

Green H2

Green hydrogen

Green Hydrogen refers to hydrogen generated by electrolysis with electrical energy generated by regenerative sources (wind, solar, hydropower).

Depending on the application, any oxygen still present in the hydrogen stream needs to be removed and the product stream must be dried.

BASF offers a complete range of product to treat the product streams from electrolyzers.

Green

CO2 methanation

With a new technology and an innovative catalyst concept, CO2 & H2 can be used to produce synthetic natural gas (SNG) via the methanation reaction.

The SNG produced can be certified as carbon-neutral when considering the utilization of CO2 in the process feed.

The carbon-neutral SNG product may be entered into the gas grid at any location. It can later be consumed from the grid to use it at any location.

Methanation

Green syngas

Dry reforming with SYNSPIRE™ G1-110

Production of syngas via conventional steam reforming process is an energy and CO2 intensive technology.

The new SYNSPIRE™ G1-110 catalyst enables a significant reduction of process steam associated to a large share of CO2 import, thus saving energy consumption and reducing the carbon footprint of your syngas operation.

Linde’s DRYREF™ advanced process technology is taking full advantage of the features of BASF’s new SYNSPIRE™ G1-110 catalyst.

Dry

One-step DME

One-step dimethyl ether process

Dimethyl ether (DME), conventionally produced in a
two-step process via MeOH, is a well-known chemical mostly used in LPG blending.

Today, additional applications for DME contribute to address the global environmental challenges, e.g. using DME as alternative fuel or as key intermediate to olefin production.

Using an innovative approach, BASF focused on the efficient usage of CO2 to convert CO-rich syngas to dimethyl ether (DME) in a one-step process, taking advantage of favorable thermodynamics.

One

CO from CO2

Green carbon monoxide production

The reverse water gas shift reaction consumes CO2 and generates CO and H2O, thus leading to green CO when applying H2 from renewable sources.

This reaction opens a pathway to the production of green syngas.

Green syngas is an interesting option to enter downstream applications such as the Fischer-Tropsch process to produce green fuels.

BASF has developed a new, Ni-based catalyst, with high activity and stability proven at miniplant scale.

We look for partnerships and target the demonstration of our performance at a larger scale

CO

CO2-enriched MeOH

Methanol from CO2 & CO

The easy handling, logistics, storage and its various uses are the reasons for the rising MeOH demand.

Accelerated by the megatrend of reducing carbon emissions, MeOH synthesized from CO2 and H2 is getting more and more attractive.

In addition, BASF offers novel MeOH synthesis catalysts (standard process) which are tailormade to perform at CO2-rich feedstock conditions.

Co2

Ethylene

E2E with Alumina 399x series

The ethanol to ethylene process represents an attractive option to enter the diverse ethylene value chains based on bio-feedstocks.

BASF has developed in-depth experience on this application and is able to offer a state-of-the-art alumina catalyst portfolio for the steam-assisted dehydration of different ethanol grades.

Our customers benefit from the best possible raw material utilization with both conversion level and selectivity towards ethylene above 99 % regularly achieved on industrial scale.

Read more about our absorbents for olefin purification.

Ethylene

Ethyl acetate

Dehydrogenation of (bio-)ethanol to ethyl acetate

In the recent years, the interest in the ethanol production from renewable natural sources has strongly grown in the world. The low-cost ethanol availability has also favored the production of different chemicals starting from ethanol as raw material.

The dehydrogenation of (bio-)ethanol provides a sustainable and commercially competitive access ethyl acetate.

BASF offers new Cr-free catalysts with successful commercial track record and unprecedented catalytic performance supporting customer’s transition into commercially attractive and more sustainable value chains.

Ethyl

Ethylene oxide

Ethylenoxide (EO)

In the direct oxidation of ethylene to ethyleneoxide CO2 is the major by-product.

The new BASF EO-catalysts are especially designed to minimize this undesired side reaction.

The unique combination of state-of-the-art production technology and proprietary recipe of this catalyst lead to a superior performance and benefit for our customers.

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Ethylene

VAM/EDC

Oxidation of Ethylene to Vinyl Acetate Monomeres (VAM)

BASF offers a broad range of catalysts and high expertise for VAM production via ethylene.

The excellent selectivity of BASF VAM catalysts reduces carbon dioxide formation as one of the major by-products and allows our customer to minimize their CO2 footprint.

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Dry Reforming

Dry reforming with SYNSPIRE™ G1-110

Production of syngas via conventional steam reforming process is an energy and CO2 intensive technology.

The new SYNSPIRE™ G1-110 catalyst enables a significant reduction of process steam associated to a large share of CO2 import, thus saving energy consumption and reducing the carbon footprint of your syngas operation.

Linde’s DRYREF™ advanced process technology is taking full advantage of the features of BASF’s new SYNSPIRE™ G1-110 catalyst.

Dry

CO2 capture & purification

Carbon capture and storage technology

Carbon capture is enabled by BASF’s OASE® blue technology, CO2 purification by a suite of products suitable for the removal of a variety of impurities, and CO2 dehydration via our Sorbead® aluminosilicate gel product line.

We provide the solutions to separate, dehydrate, purify, transport and store carbon dioxide thus helping our customers to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

BASF provides a full-service package, from design to startup, including material supply, engineering and technical services, process optimization, troubleshooting, and sample analysis.

Green

Sorbitol

Glucose hydrogenation to sorbitol

The production of sorbitol typically is made via the hydrogenation of glucose. For this production process BASF supplies Actimet 8040P. This is a leaching resistant, skeletal Ni catalysts with high activity and fast settlement behavior.

Alternatively, BASF has available a ruthenium on carbon powder catalyst. Compared to Actimet 8040P, this catalyst is at least twice as active, reaching >99 % selectivity towards sorbitol and can be re-used multiple times.

Sorbitol

Proplyene glycol

BASF’s Glycerin to Propylene Glycol Technology
Bio Propylene Glycol Licensing Process & Proprietary Catalyst

Bio Propylene Glycol as an outlet for glycerin is an attractive bulk chemical in a fast-growing market. It represents an alternative to conventionally produced propylene glycol and offers an environ-mental advantage of about 60 % lower GHG emissions.

BASF’s technology for the production of Bio Propylene Glycol is commercially proven since 2012 and successfully operating in two customer's plants. Glycerin is hydrogenated at very high conversion and selectivity in liquid phase with a proprietary BASF copper catalyst.

Propylene

Propanol

New method to produce Propanol
Innovative BASF catalyst in a new process with eni

  • Combining BASF and eni know-how
  • Using “waste“ material glycerin to produce bio propanol
  • Serving the mega trend of reducing the carbon foot print of transportation fuel
  • Propanol upgrades gasoline fuel by its heating value and high ROZ and MOZ
  • Optimized fuel efficiency and raw emissions by improved internal combustion
Propanol

Propylene

C3/C4 alcohol dehydration with Al 399x

The C3/C4 alcohol dehydration to olefin process represents an attractive option to enter the diverse C3/C4 value chains based on bio-feedstocks.

BASF supplies alumina catalyst which have proven their performance for many years on industrial scale.

Our customers benefit from the high catalytic performance with good tolerance towards water levels contained in the alcohol feedstock.

Read more about our absorbents for olefin purification.

Propylene

FAME/Biodiesel

Biodiesel / FAME with TiS

Biodiesel, derived from plants or animals and consisting of FAME, is used as drop-in biofuel.

BASF has developed in-depth experience on this application and is able to offer a state-of-the-art alumina catalyst.

Our customers benefit from the best possible raw material utilization with free fatty acid conversion level above 98 % stably.

Bio

Green acrylics

Oxidation of propylene to acrolein with AA-101

Building on our core competencies in material science and surface chemistry, BASF’s AA-101 offers excellent stability and high selectivity for the oxidation of propylene to acrolein.

AA-101 is a molybdenum based fully active ring tablet for the oxidation of propylene to acrolein (1st stage acrylic acid synthesis). It is typically used at temperatures above 300 °C and slightly elevated pressure.

AA-101 is a robust catalyst that is commercially proven for more than a decade in BASF’s own operations worldwide.

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Green

Butadiene

Ethanol to Butadiene (ETB)

1,3-butadiene is an in the industry highly valued diolefin, which is used as monomer in the production of synthetic rubber.

One way to produce it is by converting ethanol to 1,3-butadiene, which is knows as Lebedev reaction.

Using an innovative approach, BASF cooperates with a 3rd party company to produce metal oxide catalysts for an updated Lebedev reaction*1 to improve the butadiene selection at improved process conditions.

Butadiene

Furfuryl alcohol

Hydrogenation of Furfural to Furfuryl alcohol

Furfural has been identified as one of the most promising chemical platforms directly derived from biomass and the technology for its production is already largely established.

The selective hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol is a commercially established process that occurs either liquid or gas phase technologies.

Furfuryl

Butanediol

bio-Butanediol (bio-BDO)

1,4 Butanediol (BDO) is a low viscosity glycol used as an intermediate i.e., for the production of polymers and is typically produced via an energy intensive petrochemical route starting from acetylene and formaldehyde.

Biomass-derived succinic acid can be used as an alternative entry point into this value chain. The commercially available technology is based on the esterification of bio-succinic acid with methanol, followed by hydrogenation of the resulting ester, and the consequent co-production of BDO, tetrahydrofuran (THF) and γ-butyrolactone (GBL).

Butanediol

Isobutylene

C3/C4 alcohol dehydration with Al 399x

The C3/C4 alcohol dehydration to olefin process represents an attractive option to enter the diverse C3/C4 value chains based on bio-feedstocks.

BASF supplies alumina catalyst which have proven their performance for many years on industrial scale.

Our customers benefit from the high catalytic performance with good tolerance towards water levels contained in the alcohol feedstock.

Propylene

Methyl furan

2-Methylfuran (2MF)
Hydration of Furfural with Cu 0203 T catalyst

BASF’s Cu 0203 T catalyst is the catalyst of choice for conversion of furfural to 2MF. It distinguished by its excellent selectivity for 2MF formation, high mechanical resistance and resistance to multiple regeneration cycles. It is easy to work with in terms of activation-reoxidation-regeneration-reactivation with no significant exotherms during these operations, thus has less probability to catch fire. Also, the copper catalyst E 415T, a Cr-free alternative is available.

Methylfuran

Ethanol

Methanol to Ethanol

Production of high value chemical compounds from various mixed waste streams is of high interest to recycle and make use of valuable, low-cost carbon sources.

Methanol can be readily produced from waste streams via Syngas. BASF now enables the follow-up conversion of this Methanol stream to high value chemical compounds. With the help of BASFs heterogeneous Precious Metal catalysts carbonylation to renewable-source Ethanol and other valuable C2 compounds can be achieved.

Our catalyst solution will enable you to enhance the sustainability and profitability aspects of your waste to chemical process.

Ethanol

Our way to net zero 2050

We are a key enabler in the net zero transformation of base chemicals and downstream value chains. Globally, we want to reduce our absolute CO2 emissions by 25% by 2030 compared with 2018. This means that, compared with 1990, we aim to reduce our global CO2 emissions by 60% by 2030. We aim to achieve net zero CO2 emissions at BASF by 2050.

We are a front-runner in offering customers a portfolio of products to enable their decarbonization.

Sustainability

Sustainability at BASF

We want to contribute to a world that provides a viable future with enhanced quality of life for everyone. We do so by creating chemistry for our customers and by making the best use of available resources.

Carbon footprint

Carbon Footprint

How much greenhouse gas emissions are associated with a product along its life cycle? This question has become increasingly important over the past years and a Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) can help to find answers.

Biomass

Oleochemical Catalysts

The world of chemical raw materials is steadily shifting away from petroleum to oils and fats.

Carbon management

Carbon Management

To live up to our responsibility for climate protection, we focus on many levers to reduce CO2 emissions.