Furukawa Electric‘s patent involves an apparatus for producing a lower olefin-containing gas with propylene. The process includes supplying raw materials, generating a synthesis gas, and detecting propylene. The apparatus utilizes specific catalyst structures with metal fine particles and porous supports to facilitate the production process. GlobalData’s report on Furukawa Electric gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Apparatus for producing lower olefin-containing gas containing propylene

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Furukawa Electric Co Ltd

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11925930B2) discloses an apparatus designed for producing a lower olefin-containing gas containing propylene. The apparatus comprises various units, including a synthesis gas production unit with a first catalyst structure that converts methane and carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and hydrogen, and a lower olefin-containing gas production unit with a second catalyst structure that further converts the synthesis gas into a lower olefin-containing gas containing propylene. The apparatus also includes detection units for monitoring propylene levels and features specific configurations for the catalyst structures to enhance the production process.

Additionally, the apparatus includes provisions for oxygen supply, temperature control during the production process, and the use of specific metal fine particles within the catalyst structures. The apparatus further incorporates separation units for isolating methane and carbon dioxide in the synthesis gas and lower olefin-containing gas, as well as cooling and separation units for separating liquid and gas components in the final product. The patent outlines detailed specifications for the catalyst structures, including the composition of supports, channels, and pore sizes, to optimize the production of propylene within the lower olefin-containing gas. These innovative features aim to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of propylene production processes, offering potential benefits for various industrial applications requiring this essential chemical compound.

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