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Monbaliu J.C.M.,Ghent University | Winter M.,Corning Inc. | Chevalier B.,Corning Inc. | Schmidt F.,Corning Inc. | And 4 more authors.
Bioresource Technology | Year: 2011

A new fuel additive, namely solketal tert-butyl ether (STBE), was developed and optimized under continuous flow conditions using a Corning® Advanced-Flow™ glass reactor. STBE was obtained in two steps from glycerol, a renewable building-block produced in large amount in the processing of biodiesel. The advantages of the highly engineered Corning glass reactor included high mixing and heat-exchange efficiency, chemical resistance under corrosive flow conditions and a small hold-up. A robust, continuous, green and safe industrial-scale process is described. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.


Monbaliu J.-C.M.R.,Ghent University | Winter M.,Corning Inc. | Chevalier B.,Corning Inc. | Schmidt F.,Corning Inc. | And 4 more authors.
Chimica Oggi | Year: 2010

Glycerol, the main by-product of biodiesel production, has been considered a renewable chemical for large scale production of a new potent fuel-additive, namely solketal tertbutyl ether (STBE). Delta Biovalue BV, a major biodiesel manufacturer in the European Union, Corning Incorporated, a manufacturer of modular Advanced-Flow™ glass reactors and SynBioC, a research group with a long-standing interest and know-how in flow and renewable chemistry have collaborated to develop a new process aimed at performing the transformation of glycerol in STBE under flow conditions. The advantages of the highly engineered Corning reactor system, including: high mixing, heat-exchange efficiencies under corrosive flow conditions with low liquid hold-up and high throughput, allowed the development and the intensification of a two-step process with 83 percent global yield. The final goal of this project is to develop a robust, green and safe process being able to produce -12,000 t/y STBE.

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