Linde and Shell are collaborating on ethane-oxidative dehydrogenation (E-ODH) technology for ethylene production.

The catalytic process is an alternative route to ethane steam cracking, offering the potential of economic advantages, acetic acid co-production and significantly lower overall carbon footprint through electrification of power input.

The two companies have been developing E-ODH independently for many years and this new collaboration brings together their complementary patent positions, expert know-how and common commitment to a lower-carbon future.

The agreement will enable accelerated deployment of this novel technology across the wider chemicals sector, with Linde marketing to customers under the name EDHOXTM.

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Source: Linde

“With the EDHOXTM process, we have not only developed a cost-efficient alternative but are also providing the petrochemical industry with a low-emission process”, said John van der Velden, Senior Vice-President Global Sales & Technology at Linde Engineering.

“For decades, we have been actively developing technologies for more sustainability in this industry - from efficiency improvements to carbon management and new process routes.”

Thomas Casparie, Executive Vice-President of Shell’s Global Chemicals Business, said, “Base chemicals are transformed into a range of finished products that help society live, work and respond to climate change.

“We look forward to our Shell in-house innovation going on to contribute to the collective reduction of carbon emissions from the manufacture of chemicals.”