Develop Transport Fuels While Maintaining Greenhouse Gas Reduction Values

IH² reactors demand specific catalyst composition and form factor to get the full cost, operating, and environmental benefits of the IH² process. These catalysts efficiently convert biowaste into valuable transportation fuels that meet product specifications without compromising environmental and commercial benefits.

Our advanced biofuel catalysts developed for IH² technology:

  • Are specialised to function in the hydropyrolysis and hydroconversion reactors used in the IH² process.
  • Maximise the conversion of oxygen-rich fragments from the breakdown of biowaste into molecules typically found in transportation fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel.
  • Improve hydrocarbon yield while maintaining environmental and cost benefits for operators, including the very high greenhouse gas reduction values unique to the IH² technology.

Significant R&D investments have been made by Shell Catalysts & Technologies in the development of IH² technology. Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (STCB) is home to several bench-scale operating units and high throughput testing facilities, as well as catalyst preparation equipment focused on advancing the technology. A new pilot scale facility has recently begun operation at STCB.

A dedicated catalyst development program has been funded by Shell Catalysts & Technologies since 2010 at STCB with the aim to develop new catalyst formulations that fulfill the process requirements in the hydropyrolysis and hydroconversion reactors in the IH² process. Both reactors demand specific catalyst composition and form factor, dictated by the bubbling fluidised bed technology in the hydropyrolysis step and the fixed bed technology in the hydroconversion step.

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Continuous investment in IH² technology catalysts optimises processes and raise product yields, lowers cost, and yields environmental benefits.

We continuously improve on our advanced biofuel catalysts for IH² technology to create high-performing formulations that yields environmental, operational, and financial results. To date, more than 30 process and catalyst patents have resulted from consistent development efforts.

Shell Catalysts & Technologies is consistently working to develop the next generation of catalysts for IH² technology, solving challenges as they arise and helping operators more effectively convert feedstock to transportation fuels.

Integrated Hydropyrolysis and Hydroconversion

Convert a wide range of organic wastes to liquid hydrocarbon transportation fuels efficiently.

Biomass to Fuels: IH² Commercial Process Optimisation

More than 30 process and catalyst patents have resulted from efforts at Shell Technology Centre Bangalore in collaboration with GTI.

IH² Demonstration Facility

Operating at 5 metric tonnes per day, this facility converts forestry, agricultural and urban waste into fungible hydrocarbon transportation fuels.