Future Challenges for Refineries

How parallelized testing technology helps to support refineries, engineering companies and catalyst suppliers with shifting product requirements towards petrochemical products and the conversion of renewable feedstocks

Refineries have never before faced such pressure, as the demand for classical products such as fuels is dwindling and foreseen to decline further for years to come. In order to maximize the profitability, refineries are forced to expand their product portfolio towards other product classes such as olefins or aromatics (petrochemicals). This paradigm shift has led to the increasing utilization of sustainable feedstocks such as vegetable oils, used cooking oils, tallow or pyrolysis oils.

It is essential for refineries and catalyst suppliers all over the world to adapt to the changing market demands. Parallelized high throughput and bench scale technology can help generate experimental data at an unprecedented speed to support crucial decisions. From catalyst change outs to the processing of renewable feedstocks, hte provides with its broad toolbox a sustainable support to refineries and catalyst suppliers.


  • how to support refineries, engineering companies and catalyst suppliers with hte’s technologies and integrated workflows for catalysis R&D, quality control and catalyst benchmarking
  • hte's testing capabilities and solutions addressing not only refining and petrochemical catalytic processes but also novel processes
  • case studies supporting refinery operations in a variety of conversion processes from hydrotreatment of residues to maximizing aromatics in naphtha reforming and maximizing propylene production in FCC 

In which catalytic processes can hte support your R&D efforts?

Gas Phase

  • Naphtha Reforming (CCR)
  • Aromatization of Paraffins & Naphthenes
  • Alkylations
  • Transalkylations
  • Methanol to Aromatics
  • Methanol to Gasoline
  • Methanol to Olefins
  • Methane to Aromatics
  • Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH)
  • Oxydative dehydorgenation
  • Olefin Metathesis
  • Olefin Oligomerization (to LAO, Gasoline or Kerosene)
  • Pyrolysis gasoline (Pygas) hydrogenation
  • Purification of Olefin streams (Acetlyene/ MAPD/ Butadiene conversion)
  • Naphtha Isomerization 
  • LAO Hydrogenation
  • Naphtha Hydrodesulphurization 
  • Light naphta cracking
  • rWGS

Trickle Bed

  • Oxygen removal form Biogenic feedstocks
  • Diesel Dewaxing
  • Wax Production from VGO
  • UCO Dewaxing to produce Lubricant base oils
  • Hydrofinishing of base oils to produce white oils
  • VGO Hydrocracking (first and second stage)
  • Max diesel or max naphtha Hydrocracking
  • Gas oil Hydrocracking
  • Coprocessing of biofeeds for renewable fuels
  • Hydrotreated vegetable oils
  • Fischer Tropsch Wax Hydrocracking/Coprocessing for renewable fuels
  • Hydrogenation of olefinic waxes
  • Hydrotreating Tackifier Resin and Rosin dispersions
  • Bio-Oil Hydrotreatment

Fluidized bed

  • Catalytic cracking of VGO
  • Catalytic cracking of (Pretreated )Residues
  • Catalytic cracking of Biofeeds
  • High severity Cracking (HS-FCC) to maximize Olefin Production
  • Propane Dehydrogenation in fluidized bed
  • Fluidized bed aromatics alkylation
  • Methanol to Olefins


The webinar has been held successfully on September 28 and 29, 2021. We communicate new dates soon. If you are interested further information on the topic, please don't hesitate to contact us meanwhile. 


Dr. Xavier Sanz

Sr. Business Development Manager

T +49 6221 7497 298
M +49 172 451 9096
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Dr. Jean-Claude Adelbrecht

Dr. Jean-Claude Adelbrecht

Sr. Business Development Manager 

T +49 6221 7497 473