Integration of Experimental Hydroprocessing and FCC Data with Process (Aspen Plus) and Refinery Optimization (Aspen PIMS) Models

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NREL's Economic, Sustainability, and Market Analysis (ESMA) team develops process models in Aspen Plus to support techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA) of conversion pathways from renewable and circular resources to fuels and chemicals. These tools are being applied to assess probable operational constraints or bottlenecks associated with refinery co-processing and repurposing opportunities. The team also utilizes optimizable refinery models to quantify opportunities for biofuel and bioproduct pathways through integration with existing refining infrastructure. The goals of analysis are to model the transition of refineries to renewable and circular feedstocks and quantify the costs production and CO2 abatement through utilization of existing refineries. At the core of the ESMA team's work is the process data derived from conversion experiments on hydroprocessing and fluid catalytic cracking performed at NREL. The objective of this presentation is to highlight new analysis approaches and capabilities in pathway analysis and refinery optimization modeling with specific emphasis on integration of experimental data.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety, 12-16 March 2023, Houston, Texas

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5100-85489


  • diesel hydrotreating
  • fluid catalytic cracking
  • hydrocracking
  • hydroprocessing
  • optimization model
  • process model
  • refinery integration
  • refinery processes
  • TEA

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