Natural Gas to Revolutionize the Chemicals Industry? New Technologies, Processing Plants, and More!

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Jether Blaise back with a vengeance, covering the impact the abundance of natural gas has been having on the chemical industry, and the innovations in process technologies that it has spawned. I look at the contrast between processing petroleum as a chemical feedstock vs. processing natural gas as such. Because of the steep energy costs associated with steam reforming of natural gas, and the Fischer Tropsch process, new approaches have been sought out by chemical engineers to lower the costs of producing syngas, or sidestepping that route altogether.

Also, we take a look at a promising technology for reducing the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, and finish up with a look at China's largest propane dehydrogenation facility.

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The video is a little long, most videos wont be this long going forward (I'll try to limit it to just 10 minutes max).

Here are some links for further information:

Hydraulic Fracturing's Impact on the Chemical Industry:

Methane flaring alternative that relies on electric field:

Link to ACS Paper on Methane Flaring Alternative:

ASME's Mechanical Engineering Article on Atmospheric Water Harvesting:

Honeywell's Press Release on China's Propane Dehydrogenation Unit utilizing its technology:

EPA Research on the impacts hydraulic fracturing has on surrounding water resources:

Wikipedia Article on Hydraulic Fracturing:

Magnetized Viruses for Water Treatment:

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