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How Grace Built a Better Vanadium Trap

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Grace launches technology for more sustainably produced fuels

This October we announced our latest innovation in a long line of technology breakthroughs in FCC catalysts for helping refiners produce transportation fuels and lower their carbon footprint.

PARAGON™ FCC catalyst incorporates a novel, rare earth-based, Vanadium (V) trap into a high matrix surface area catalyst solution for the FCC unit. With PARAGON™ technology, refiners can widen their FCC operating window and increase flexibility to process a range of feedstocks for greater profitability. Importantly, this technology leads to maximum bottoms upgrading of feedstocks along with improved conversion at constant coke yield, allowing refiners to produce fuels in a more sustainable manner.

PARAGON™ catalyst is the result of a multi-year R&D program to develop an advanced Vanadium trap and builds on the metals tolerance of Grace’s popular MIDAS® catalyst platform.

“With the adoption of carbon taxation and emissions trading systems on the rise, refiners are under pressure to produce fuels in a more sustainable manner,” said Luis Cirihal, President, Grace Refining Technologies. “PARAGON™ catalyst, with its improved coke selectivity, will help FCC operators produce higher yields of fuels per unit of CO2 emission from the FCC. This technology not only benefits the environment more broadly but provides a strong economic incentive,” he said.

“One of the trends we see is that the economics of upgrading resid in the FCC are very strong. Our customers are taking advantage of this trend, processing heavier, higher metal laden feeds. Using generic economics, in one trial we estimated use of PARAGON™ catalyst resulted in $0.65/bbl of value delivery which translates into $14MM per year for an average size FCC,” explained Dr. Bani Cipriano, FCC Segment Marketing Manager, Grace.

As the leading FCC catalyst producer, Grace continues to invest in R&D and its plants to introduce new catalyst technologies into the FCC market. Grace is recognized as a global leader in specialty inorganic catalysts used in energy and refining, polyolefins and plastics, as well as petrochemical, and other chemical manufacturing applications. For the refining industry, Grace specializes in fluid-catalytic cracking (FCC) and hydroprocessing applications for the vital transportation fuels that keep our world moving. 

View our webcast, “How Grace Built a Better Vanadium Trap,” about PARAGON™ technology via Hydrocarbon Processing’s webcasts on demand or read our technical article in the September issue of Hydrocarbon Processing for more information.

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