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Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis as Key for a Decentralized Sustainable Kerosene Production

Version 1 : Received: 26 January 2021 / Approved: 27 January 2021 / Online: 27 January 2021 (15:04:53 CET)

How to cite: Meurer, A.; Kern, J. Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis as Key for a Decentralized Sustainable Kerosene Production. Preprints 2021, 2021010564 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0564.v1). Meurer, A.; Kern, J. Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis as Key for a Decentralized Sustainable Kerosene Production. Preprints 2021, 2021010564 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0564.v1).

Abstract

Synthetic fuels play an important role in the defossilization of future aviation transport. To reduce the ecological impact of remote airports due to long range transportation of kerosene, a decentralized on-site-production of synthetic paraffinic kerosene is applicable, preferably as near-drop-in fuel or alternatively as blend. One possible solution for such a production of synthetic kerosene is the Power-to-Liquid process. The basic development of a simplified plant layout addressing the specific challenges of a decentralized kerosene production which differ from most current approaches for infrastructural well-connected regions is described. The decisive influence of the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis on the PtL process is shown by means of a steady-state reactor model which was developed in Python and serves as basis for further development of a modular environment able to represent entire process chains. The reactor model is based on reaction kinetics according current literature. The effects of adjustments of the main operation parameters on the reactor behavior are evaluated and the impacts on up- and downstream processes are described. The results prove the governing influence of the Fischer-Tropsch reactor on the PtL process and show its flexibility regarding the desired product fraction output, which makes it an appropriate solution for a decentralized kerosene production.

Subject Areas

alternative fuels; power-to-liquid; synthetic fuel; synthetic kerosene; aviation fuel; sustainable fuel; power-to-x; e-fuel; fischer-tropsch; renewable fuel

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