Issuing time:2022-07-06 08:42
The technology collaboration between the two companies is underway to bring together complementary expertise for a low-carbon future
Global energy major Shell and the US-based Dow have jointly started up an experimental unit to speed up technology to electrify ethylene steam crackers, which supply chemicals used to make products that people use every day.
According to the energy major, steam crackers rely on fossil fuel combustion to heat their furnaces, making them carbon-intensive.And as the energy grid becomes increasingly renewable-led, using renewable electricity to heat steam cracker furnaces could become the preferred technology to decarbonise the chemicals industry.
“The challenge is to develop a technologically and economically feasible solution,” Shell wrote in a statement.
The statement noted that the collaboration between the two companies is already underway and brings together their complementary expertise and common commitment to a low-carbon future.
“Innovation project teams, in Amsterdam and Terneuzen, the Netherlands and Texas, USA, are focused on designing and scaling ‘e-cracker’ technologies,” Shell said in the statement.
They will work, in the coming years, to first prove out process technology innovations in laboratory and pilot operations, and to then scale to commercial crackers.
Commenting on the development, Keith Cleason, vice president Dow olefins, aromatics and alternatives business, said: “Continuously improving the sustainability of our operations is an inherent part of how we operate at Dow.”
陶氏烯烃、芳烃和替代品业务副总裁 Keith Cleason 在评论这一合作时说：“不断提高我们运营的可持续性是我们在陶氏运营的固有特性。”
He said companies need significant technological breakthroughs to reduce the industry’s energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, which will require companies to step out of their comfort zones and work together to achieve bold and ambitious new goals.
“Our partnership with Shell is an important step in making this vision a reality,” Cleason said.
According to Thomas Casparie, executive vice president of Shell’s global chemicals business, said: “Steam cracking makes base chemicals, which are transformed into a range of finished products that help society live, work and respond to climate change.”
壳牌全球化学品业务执行副总裁托马斯·卡斯帕里 (Thomas Casparie) 表示：“蒸汽裂解制造基础化学品，这些基础化学品转化为一系列有助于社会生活、工作和应对气候变化的成品。”
“This new work with Dow has the potential to contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions from the manufacture of chemicals and to Shell’s ambition of becoming a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner.”
“与陶氏的这项新合作有可能有助于减少化学品制造的碳排放，并有助于壳牌在 2050 年或更早之前成为净零排放能源企业的雄心。”