PID ENG & TECH Just Installed at KAUST the First Multipurpose Automated Catalysis Laboratory Available in the World

By Process Integral Development Eng Tech pid Eng Tech, PRNE
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

company specializing in the design and manufacture of reactors and plants on
a pilot or laboratory scale, just installed the first multi-catalysis and
automated laboratory available in the world. The installation was at the King
Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and consists of 24
independent catalytic Microactivity-Reference reactors for the KAUST
Catalysis Center.

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The Microactivity-Reference reactor supplied to KAUST includes
the following patents, which make it unique in the world of catalysis and
appropriate to the objectives of the KAUST Catalysis Center, currently
directed by renowned Professor Jean Marie Basset.

    1) WO-2006008328 / EP-1757930 / US-2008063565 Automated
       Microreactor universal system with high performance and

    2) WO-2006021603 / EP-1775504 / US-2007241296 Pressure control
       System that minimizes the pulsing flow through the reactor.

    3) WO-2006021604 / EP-1757911 / US-2007238753 Micro-level
       Control sensor at L/G separator that reduces by 100 times the standard
       Volume of these systems.

    4) P200930603 (Patent Pending) Application of micro-level
       Control to GTL reactions where two liquid phases need to be separated.
       A new, open door to the Catalyst's future.

All these Patents have been developed in collaboration with and
licensed from the Spanish Council of Scientific Research to PID Eng&Tech.

The particular configuration of the Microactivity-Reference
reactor allows it to be used for very different types of chemical reactions
of any nature. Because of its universal design it will allow the KAUST
Catalysis Center to quickly deal with the development needs prevailing in a
country like Saudi Arabia, where the Chemical Industry (especially
Petrochemistry) increasingly demands an effort to develop catalysts with
maximum energy savings and maximum respect for the environment.

Eight of the twenty-four units supplied to KAUST incorporate the
most recent contributions of PID Eng & Tech into the rapid development of the
Science of Catalysis, and consists of a phase separator at the product output
of the high-pressure reactor which, with no dead volume allows the real-time
separation of two immiscible liquid phases (water and hydrocarbons, standard
products in the conversion reactions of gaseous hydrocarbons into liquid
hydrocarbons using F-T) and non-condensing gases.

This allows the design of experimental techniques that will
greatly reduce a catalyst's development time, precisely in a strategic and
rapidly developing area over the coming years.

About PID Eng&Tech

PID Eng&Tech was born in 2003 as a spin-off company of the Spanish
Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) with 20 years of previous accumulated
experience. The Process Control Group of the Institute of Catalysis and
Petrochemistry (ICP) of the CSIC have devoted its activity since 1989 to the
development of technologies dedicated to improving design, construction and
operation mode of laboratory-scale reactors and micro-scale pilot plants, and
their data acquisition, supervisory and control systems.

PID Eng&Tech was awarded with the "Contest of Ideas for Spin-off
companies of Researchers" prize, granted by the Universities and Research
General Management.

PID Eng&Tech primary target market are universities and research centres,
in both private and public sectors, which fulfil their research activities
within the fields of basic chemistry, petrochemistry, environment, catalysis,
agrochemistry and food technology, supercritical fluid extraction and new
energies. In addition, the company has a worldwide net of distributors that
cover the following countries and areas: The United States of America, Canada
and Mexico, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Belgium,
Italy, the Netherlands, Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.


The KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC) will be a world-leading node for the
establishment of a multidisciplinary approach to "catalysis by design." The
world's energy needs will increase throughout this century, driven by
population and economic growth. Meeting these needs will require both the
development of new energy resources, especially carbon-free ones, and the
efficient and environmentally responsible utilization of fossil fuels. In
this context, catalysis is a critical enabling science for our energy future
and our clean environment. It is the number one technology for transforming
raw materials into technologically useful forms - whether for the chemical or
petroleum industries or for the newly-emerging energy industry. Catalysis has
a huge impact on the industrial, agricultural, and consumer sectors and
catalysts are enablers for a broad range of devices including sensors, fuel
cells, exhaust gas converters, and water purifiers. Development of new
catalytic processes across the chemical, petroleum, and new energies
industries will increase resource and energy utilization efficiencies and
reduce waste and overall environmental footprints. It is one of the most
promising tools for sustainable development and green chemistry.

    Juan Antonio Valverde Andreu


Juan Antonio Valverde Andreu, pid at, +3-49184-59930

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