One of the key successes of Davy Process Technology's proactive R&D programmes has been the invention, application and commercialisation of Reactive Distillation Columns as Counter Current Reactors.
An automated pilot plant was constructed and it has been an integral part of our Butanediol and Natural Detergent Alcohols process technologies.
Reactive Distillation Columns combine reaction and distillation and incorporate our patented 3 phase column reactor.
A Reactive Distillation Column system has optimised residence time with control adjustments for multi-stage operation.
Reactive Distillation Columns provide virtually 100% conversion in one pass.
They have been successfully engineered and were installed in 6 columns scaled up to between 15,000 TPA and 150,000 TPA and first demonstrated in a commercial plant in the Philippines in 1997. Since then numerous plants have been installed.
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