Coolbrook and Linde Unite to Decarbonize Ethylene Production with Innovative RDR Technology

  • 15-Mar-2023
  • Journalist: Jaideep

Netherlands [Europe]: Cookbook, a Finnish technology and engineering company, has entered a partnership with Germany's Linde Engineering in order to bring their patented RotoDynamic Reactor (RDR) technology to the world. This innovative approach to heating Ethylene crackers replaces traditional fossil fuels with clean electricity, and if successfully adopted as an industry standard by 2030, would reduce global CO2 emissions by more than 200 million tons per year. This revolutionary technology can be easily integrated into existing Ethylene plants and greenfield projects alike.

“This collaboration is another major step in our strategic aim to build a committed and comprehensive ecosystem around Coolbrook’s RotoDynamic technology to enable the fast commercial implementation at industrial scale,” said Coolbrook executive chairman Ilpo Kuokkanen.

Coolbrook has agreed to a deal concerning the Responsible Design and Retail (RDR) package. The RDR package includes the unit, its electric drive, and the first stage of product cooling equipment. Linde will oversee integrating this technology into the wider process unit, including mass and energy integration with downstream plants and all other engineering or design activities.

Coolbrook has announced that they are in the process of installing a large-scale pilot unit of their revolutionary decarbonizing technology (RDR) in the Netherlands. If all goes according to plan, customers can expect to see first demonstration projects operational as early as 2024, with full commercial deployment expected to start around 2025.

In addition, Coolbrook has signed an agreement with SABIC – one of the world’s largest petrochemicals and plastics industry giants – for assessing the RDR technology for use in decarbonizing Ethylene production.

SABIC, one of the world’s largest petrochemical producers, is making strides in electrically powered steam cracking. The company is already collaborating with BASF and Linde to develop a demonstration facility expected to be commissioned later in 2023. This initial plant will be integrated into BASF's steam cracker located in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Soon, SABIC hopes to have a full-scale commercial electrical cracking furnace running at one of its manufacturing sites.

Coolbrook recently partnered with Braskem, a Brazilian petrochemicals group. The two organizations are planning to collaborate on a pilot project that will determine the feasibility of introducing Coolbrook's technology into Braskem's crackers. This is an important step for both partners in furthering their shared ambitions.

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