Hydrochemolytic™ Technology (HCT) is an innovative, highly effective way to chemically upgrade heavy oils and make them pipelineable. Among the important distinctives compared with traditional approaches are: application of low-value, readily-available metal compounds to catalyze specific reactions that deconstruct asphaltenes; stabilization reactive intermediates by hydrogen equivalents generated in situ from bio-based materials such as glycerol and cellulose; and use of water as a medium to promote heat and mass transfer in addition to the Hydrochemolytic™ reactions. Besides simple implementation, the HCT process is highly efficient, operating at relatively low temperatures (<370 °C) compared with traditional approaches. This, combined with the use of hydrogen equivalents from renewable sources, offers the possibility to dramatically lower the carbon emissions associated with heavy oil upgrading. This presentation will share new data for the process based on bitumen processing in a continuous-flow reactor. Additionally, we will discuss the extension of HCT to upcycle post-use polyethylene and other plastics to generate hydrocarbons suitable as platform chemicals or as naphtha-weight feedstocks to ethylene crackers.
September 13 & 14, 2023 • Suncor Community Leisure Centre Fort McMurray, Alberta