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Conversion of Crude Palm Oil into Hydrocarbons over Commercial Raney Nickel
- Studentschnig, Alexander
F. H., Schober, Sigurd, Mittelbach, Martin
- Energy & Fuels 2013 v.27 no.12 pp. 7480-7484
- alkanes, catalysts, diesel fuel, feedstocks, hydrogen, mixing, nickel, palm oils
- Crude palm oil was hydrotreated over commercial Raney nickel as a catalyst at 360 °C and an initial hydrogen pressure of 90 bar. After 5 h, a full conversion into n-alkanes with yields between 54 and 60% relating to the mass of the feedstock was achieved. The obtained products, consisting solely of hydrocarbons, mainly C₁₅ and C₁₇, possess an excellent compound distribution in the diesel range. Hence, their suitability as a replacement or blending component for diesel fuel according to methods given in EN 590 was tested. It can be shown that they are well-suited as blending components. For use as 100% diesel replacement, however, further upgrading, such as hydroisomerization, would be necessary.