FDCA Manufacture Technology Description

Online FDCA Data: Manufacture, Uses and Applications

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In this page you will find free data about FDCA, including:

  • What is FDCA
  • How to make FDCA
  • FDCA uses and applications

This page presents brief synopsis of FDCA production technology, describing, in a concise way, relevant technical and economic aspects. Each manufacturing process description will consist of:

  • Major process steps
  • Simplified, schematic flow diagram & key equipment
  • Important safety or environmental considerations
  • Economic perspective, comprising capital expenditures and/or operating expenses

Green FDCA Manufacture Technology

Concerns over limited supplies of petroleum-based feedstocks, coupled with the global issue of climate change, have increased demand from consumers and companies for more sustainable products. In this economic environment, chemical and polymer production from renewable resources is increasingly viewed as an attractive area for investment.

Following this global trend, research on the production of 2,5-furandicarboxyllic acid (FDCA) has intensified over the last few years. FDCA has the potential to replace fossil-based purified terephthalic acid (PTA) in the production of polyesters and other polymers containing an aromatic ring. The most promising application segment for FDCA is for the production of polyethylene furanoate (PEF). This polymer exhibits physical properties and applications similar to polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and is produced by the use of FDCA, instead of PTA, in the PET-production process.

Technology Description

The simplified flowsheet below depicts an FDCA production process from a glucose solution via the furan pathway in a process similar to that developed by Avantium Technologies B.V. (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; www.avantium.com). This process can be divided into three main areas: furans production, methoxy methyl furan (MMF) purification, and FDCA production.

Green FDCA Manufacture Technology - Process Flow Diagram

Furans Production

The glucose content of the feed is first enzymatically isomerized to fructose, and the effluent is passed through ...

Economic Evaluation

An economic evaluation of an FDCA plant was conducted, assuming a facility with a nominal capacity of 300,000 ton/yr of purified FDCA constructed on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Storage capacity equal to ...

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