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Title: Process for producing ethanol from syngas

Abstract

The invention provides a method for producing ethanol, the method comprising establishing an atmosphere containing methanol forming catalyst and ethanol forming catalyst; injecting syngas into the atmosphere at a temperature and for a time sufficient to produce methanol; and contacting the produced methanol with additional syngas at a temperature and for a time sufficient to produce ethanol. The invention also provides an integrated system for producing methanol and ethanol from syngas, the system comprising an atmosphere isolated from the ambient environment; a first catalyst to produce methanol from syngas wherein the first catalyst resides in the atmosphere; a second catalyst to product ethanol from methanol and syngas, wherein the second catalyst resides in the atmosphere; a conduit for introducing syngas to the atmosphere; and a device for removing ethanol from the atmosphere. The exothermicity of the method and system obviates the need for input of additional heat from outside the atmosphere.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
ANL (Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States))
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1084059
Patent Number(s):
8,440,867
Application Number:
12/848,496
Assignee:
U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC) ANL
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Krause, Theodore R, Rathke, Jerome W, and Chen, Michael J. Process for producing ethanol from syngas. United States: N. p., 2013. Web.
Krause, Theodore R, Rathke, Jerome W, & Chen, Michael J. Process for producing ethanol from syngas. United States.
Krause, Theodore R, Rathke, Jerome W, and Chen, Michael J. Tue . "Process for producing ethanol from syngas". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1084059.
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abstractNote = {The invention provides a method for producing ethanol, the method comprising establishing an atmosphere containing methanol forming catalyst and ethanol forming catalyst; injecting syngas into the atmosphere at a temperature and for a time sufficient to produce methanol; and contacting the produced methanol with additional syngas at a temperature and for a time sufficient to produce ethanol. The invention also provides an integrated system for producing methanol and ethanol from syngas, the system comprising an atmosphere isolated from the ambient environment; a first catalyst to produce methanol from syngas wherein the first catalyst resides in the atmosphere; a second catalyst to product ethanol from methanol and syngas, wherein the second catalyst resides in the atmosphere; a conduit for introducing syngas to the atmosphere; and a device for removing ethanol from the atmosphere. The exothermicity of the method and system obviates the need for input of additional heat from outside the atmosphere.},
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year = {Tue May 14 00:00:00 EDT 2013},
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