Direct primary coal liquefaction via an innovative co-processing approach with waste and petroleum feedstocks

Funder : EU RFSC
Duration: 01 July 2016 – 30 June 2019
Staff Involved: Dr Ye Huang

DIRPRIMCOAL is a three year project funded by the EU Research Fund for Steel and Coal (RFSC). The main goal of the research is to improve the viability and environmental performance of direct coal liquefaction (DCL) by providing a framework to develop it within the EU without the need for extremely large-scale plant. It will establish a distributed approach to enable DCL as a technology suitable for co-processing a variety of wastes, including plastics, tyres and bio-wastes which can thermally decompose into effective solvents. The liquefaction products will be assessed specifically for co-processing with petroleum feedstocks in existing refinery facilities. The results will be used to design DCL modules as the basis for future pilot plants.