Lee Nichols, Vice President/Editor-in-Chief
For nearly 100 yr, catalysts have been used within the
processing industries. These technologies have revolutionized the way refiners
and petrochemical producers process hydrocarbons into the various products used
in everyday life.
As such, Hydrocarbon Processing has followed the
development and evolution of catalyst technology for decades. Hundreds of case
studies have been published in the publication on this topic, each providing
the latest advancements in optimizing plant operations.
The focus on catalyst technology is such an important topic
within the refining and petrochemical industries that Hydrocarbon Processing
has devoted an entire issue’s Special Focus section to this technology.
Catalyst technologies and testing. This issue’s Special Focus section
provides several technical articles on catalyst technologies and services that
are advancing the hydrocarbon processing industries:
These articles comprise a portion of this issue’s focus on
optimizing plant efficiency and processing operations. Other topics include defossilizing
fluid catalytic cracking by blending biogenic and/or residual oils into the
unit’s feedstock, an analysis of cost-effective carbon capture and storage
technologies, how advanced analytic solutions can be used in maintenance and
reliability applications and the challenges of producing ultra-low-sulfur fuels
and high-performance gasoline, among others. HP