In general the Laboratory's research activities fall into the following areas:

Production of clean fuels. Main emphasis is given in the production of environmental friendly fuels. Especially this concerns the FCC gasoline and the hydrogenated petroleum fractions. Based on a novel FCC pilot plant, technology was developed which predicts the composition of FCC gasoline from the FCC operating variables, type of feedstock and type of catalyst. Emphasis is given on the production of novel fuels with high hydrogen content.

Reformulated fuels and Catalytic Cracking

Major accomplishments:

•  Acquisition of new equipment and improvement in the infrastructure for developing new technology in the areas: i) refinery catalyst testing in the HDS and FCC process, ii) new process technology for producing 10 ppm S diesel, iii) fuel quality control according to ISO 9002 procedures and ISO 17025

•  Remote monitoring of pilot plant operation and data distribution to customers through a virtual fully computerized environment

•  Formulation of a detailed control based model of the CPERI FCC pilot plant

•  Development of new experimental methods for testing HDS catalysts in small scale, measuring the attrition characteristics of FCC catalysts, and establishing new metal deactivation protocols

•  Design and construction of a permeation unit for membranes evaluation regarding LPG olefin separation

•  Software for the combined operation of the HDS-FCCU for the Hellenic Petroleum / Aspropyrgos Refinery in a user-friendly form. The model is used for both predictions and optimization of the main FCC products

•  Establishing experimental procedures and protocols for evaluation of gasoline S reduction additives. Elaboration of kinetic scheme affecting S compounds formation and destruction under FCC process (catalyst properties, process conditions, feeds)

•  New catalysts and FCC process scheme for reducing gasoline sulphur below 50 ppm