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The Fuel for Thought Podcast is the world’s first podcast about renewables for the refinery industry. Each episode features a conversation with an industry expert covering topics including the future of the industry, the impact of legislation, emerging technologies and market trends.

The Fuel for Thought Podcast Haldor Topsoe A/S

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The Fuel for Thought Podcast is the world’s first podcast about renewables for the refinery industry. Each episode features a conversation with an industry expert covering topics including the future of the industry, the impact of legislation, emerging technologies and market trends.

    Refinery and pyrolysis: is it a match?

    Refinery and pyrolysis: is it a match?

    What if… new pyrolysis upgrading possibilities can open up commercial opportunities?

    Once again, Topsoe’s Sylvain hosts David Dayton, a Senior Fellow at the American non-profit, RTI International (The Research Triangle Institute). This time they discuss the commercial aspects of pyrolysis. Sylvain also talks to Topsoe’s R&D Director Jostein Gabrielsen and Research Scientist Magnus Zingler Stummann to discuss what it takes for refineries to take advantage of the technology.

    Run time notes:
    David and Sylvain discuss:
    00:01:00 Pyrolysis units currently in service
    00:03:20 Main challenges for upscaling
    00:05:40 Outlook for unit types, price range, and greenhouse gas savings
    00:09:45 Current technical challenges
    00:11:18 Outlook for unit types and sizes, commercial viability

    Jostein, Magnus and Sylvain discuss:
    00:17:40 Pros and cons for different technologies
    00:20:28 Unit placing. Transportation and storage of feedstock
    00:23:46 Upgrading insights
    00:29:49 Upgrading strategy
    00:33:30 Future trends, outlook for pyrolysis technologies

    Mikala and Sylvain discuss:
    00:36:50 Possibilities and barriers for different pyrolysis technologies
    00:41:30 Outlook for pyrolysis implementation in refineries

    • 46 min
    Is pyrolysis a game changer for advanced biofuels?

    Is pyrolysis a game changer for advanced biofuels?

    What if…pyrolysis is a key to turning waste into biofuel?

    Topsoe’s Sylvain hosts David Dayton, a senior fellow at the major American non-profit, RTI International (The Research Triangle Institute). They discuss the possibilities with pyrolysis, covering the basics of the technologies, advantages and disadvantages, feedstocks and output.

    Run time notes:
    David and Sylvain discuss:
    00:01:45 The history and basics of pyrolysis
    00:07:09 The possibilities of pyrolysis with regard to biofuel
    00:09:05 Chemical reactions with different feedstocks
    00:13:00 Technological advantages and disadvantages
    00:15:36 Feedstocks and feedstock preparation
    00:21:00 Alternative feedstocks potentials
    00:24:20 Process output and waste products
    00:31:06 Utilization options with bio-crude
    00:37:40 Quality of output

    Mikala and Sylvain discuss:
    00:39:23 The different types of pyrolysis and feedstocks

    • 46 min
    Pretreatment, the critical insurance against contaminants

    Pretreatment, the critical insurance against contaminants

    What if… pre-treatment technology can make biofuel production more profitable?

    Topsoe’s Sylvain hosts Global Commercial Director at Crown Iron Works, Bill Morphew and Market Unit Manager for Oils and Fats at Alpha Laval, William Younggreen. They discuss how pre-treatment works, the possibilities for refiners and what it takes to integrate the technology.

    Run time notes:
    Sylvain, Bill and William discuss:
    00:01:30 Why do we need pre-treatment of oils and fats to produce biofuels?
    00:04:26 Global status and developments in the field
    00:06:30 How pre-treatment works, step by step
    00:12:16 Process needs: Powders, filters, unit seizes, waste-water handling and more
    00:16:33 Yields, yield loss, feedstock design and phosphor removal
    00:21:18 Use of enzymes and membrane separation. Support systems and processes
    00:25:02 Preparation for pre-treatment integration. Feedstock considerations and trends
    00:30:24 The chemistry and handling of contaminants and impurities
    00:36:23 Investment needs, costs and factors influencing costs
    00:39:55 Pyrolysis oil, GHG emissions, and future outlook

    • 53 min
    How will our future depend on hydrogen?

    How will our future depend on hydrogen?

    What if… hydrogen technologies are ready to power the green transition?

    Sylvain from Topsoe hosts Product Line Director at Topsoe, Sandra Winter-Madsen. They discuss the future of hydrogen in the industry, from the technological possibilities and coming breakthroughs to the political outlook and price range.

    Run time notes:
    Sandra and Sylvain discuss:
    00:02:04 hydrogen’s history, current role, and outlook in the industry
    00:05:39 Hydrogen terms and definitions
    00:06:55 The impact of new technologies
    00:10:53 The future of SMR (Steam Methane Reformer)
    00:15:38 Renewable Hydrogen
    00:17:22 Production costs and price ranges
    00:21:51 Electrolysis technology
    00:27:30 Future outlook for hydrogen; technologies, politics, pricing

    Mikala and Sylvain discuss:
    00:36:38 The four types of hydrogen
    00:39:33 Feedstocks

    • 43 min
    How ambitious business goals can lead the way towards decarbonization

    How ambitious business goals can lead the way towards decarbonization

    What if… decarbonizing a refinery was easier than you thought?

    Topsoe’s Sylvain hosts Business Developer Åsa Håkansson and Development Engineer Eva Lind Grennfelt from Preem, Sweden’s largest refinery. They provide you with an insight into Preem’s renewable journey. Learn about their overall strategic thoughts, the renewable revamp of their Gothenburg refinery, advanced feedstock focus areas and more.

    Run time notes:
    Åsa, Eva and Sylvain discuss:
    00:01:55 Preem’s renewable journey
    00:06:10 Feedstock selection
    00:08:15 Swedish legislation and fuel types
    00:11:35 Gothenburg refinery development
    00:15:06 Feedstock supplies
    00:16:30 LC and greenhouse gas calculations
    00:19:00 Contamination of feedstocks
    00:21:00 Advanced feedstock focus areas and projects in Preem
    00:22:43 Future feedstocks
    00:30:02 Evaluation of technologies
    00:31:40 Political involvement
    00:35:00 Aviation and maritime fuel
    00:36:55 Preem’s new targets

    Mikala and Sylvain discuss:
    00:38:39 Learnings from Preem’s strategy and approach

    • 46 min
    Trends in advanced biofuels and hydrogen: where are we heading?

    Trends in advanced biofuels and hydrogen: where are we heading?

    What if…
    … advanced biofuels were at your doorstep?

    Sylvain and Mikala, your host and co-host from Topsoe, are back with season two of The Fuel for Thought Podcast. They discuss what is happening in the world of renewables, including The European Green Deal and new legislation in North America. They also compare future feedstocks and discuss how the new developments will affect the green journey for refineries.

    Run time - Sylvain and Mikala discuss:
    00:02:36 Status and new trends in the world of renewables
    00:08:56 The European Green Deal
    00:10:24 Legislation in North America
    00:13:15 CORSIA
    00:14:25 Pyrolysis
    00:16:37 Hydrothermal Liquefaction
    00:17:43 Future feedstocks comparison
    00:18:49 Chemical recycling/use of plastic waste
    00:20:22 Electrification in refineries
    00:21:53 General outlook for renewables

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

LarsJorgensen ,

Very interesting and enlightening facts

This podcast is very interesting and luckily free from “sales and marketing”. It is fact based and enlightens the listener to the world of renewable hydrotreating, with regards to legislation, technology, limitations ect.
Very nice work!

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