Transitioning towards new feedstocks for development of chemicals involves more than just changing raw materials; it includes developing new techniques, infrastructure, chemical pathways, and processing technologies, requiring major financial and intellectual investments. Hence, the resources needed to achieve this transformation involves long lasting and strong partnerships amongst industries, academics, and governments. Global competitiveness in the chemicals and energy sectors, attainment of sustainability goals, and curtailment of fossil fuel usage greatly depend on efficient and sustained use of unconventional resources for developing various intermediate and end- use chemicals across industries.
This research service profiles emerging technologies that will enable alternative feedstocks to meet future demands for chemicals and analyses how it opens new possibilities to impact and converge with other industries. It also emphasis on how technology developments in the conversion of gas to chemicals value chain are associated with feedstock sources, new chemical conversion pathways and technologies, economic and efficient processing technologies, new materials and products.
The research service also establishes that alternative feedstocks, specifically methane, obtained from unconventional sources can control green house emissions while economically producing commercially viable chemicals.
The research also emphasizes on:
- Attainment of unique global competitive advantage by utilizing abundant methane generated from unconventional sources such as shale oil, natural gas, oil sands, and flue gases for feedstock production.
- Creation of a new manufacturing sector in feedstock supply, preparation, and conversion to carbon building blocks.
- Transition of manufacturing and energy use toward a low-carbon future.
- Emphasis on developing new process technologies/upgrading existing technologies is prioritized across geographies.
1.0 Executive Summary
1.1 Research Scope
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 Need for Alternative feedstocks for Conversion of Gas to Chemicals
1.4 Challenges Faced by Existing Feedstock and Technologies
1.5 Fundamental Goals for Using Unconventional Feedstocks for Conversion of Gas to Chemicals
1.6 Conversion of Gas to Chemicals- An Introduction
1.7 Key Actions: Rules for Success in Conversion of Gas to Chemicals
2.0 Methane as an Alternate Feedstock for Production of Chemicals
2.1 Rising Concerns of Methane Emissions Highlighting the Need for its Effective Use and Re-use
2.2 Methane as a Greenhouse Gas - Current Preventive Measures
2.3 Major Drivers for Using Methane from Unconventional Sources as Chemical Feedstock
2.4 Why Use Methane from Unconventional Sources as Feedstock?
2.5 Converting Methane to Transportable Liquids from Unconventional Sources to be Valorised as Value-added Chemicals
3.0 Alternate Feedstocks of Methane for Conversion into Chemicals
3.1 Unconventional Natural Gas is an Abundant Source of Methane
3.2 Refinery Off-Gas Gaining Importance as a Source of Methane
3.3 Shale Gas is the Most Prominent Source of Methane
3.4 Tar Sands as a Viable Feedstock for Methane
4.0 Technology Development Trends and R&D Focus Areas - Regional Analysis
4.1 North America Leading in Development and Utilization of Unconventional Feedstocks
4.2 Sizable Reserves are Known to Exist in Europe that can Boost use of Unconventional Feedstocks
4.3 Interest toward Shale Gas is Key for Future Development of Methane as an Unconventional Feedstock in APAC
4.4 Need for Effective R&D Activities and Technology Developmental Efforts to Boost Usage of Methane as Feedstock
5.0 Enabling Technologies for Conversion of Methane to Chemicals
5.1 Research and Development Focus for Valorizing Unconventional Methane Feedstock
5.2 Enabling Technologies for Conversion of Gas to Chemicals - OCM
5.3 Enabling Technologies for Conversion of Gas to Chemicals - ATR
5.4 Other Technologies Influencing Paradigm Shift in the Gas to Chemicals Landscape
5.5 Direct Conversion Methods Likely to be Key Technologies of the Future
5.6 Non-catalytic Direct Conversion Methods Are Gaining Importance
5.7 Technology Adoption Roadmap for Methane as an Alternative Feedstock
6.0 Noteworthy Technology Developments
6.1 One-step Conversion of Methane to Methanol
6.2 Conversion of Carbon Dioxide and Methane to Renewable Fuels from Off-gases
6.3 Sorption Method for Recovering Methane from a Gas Stream
6.4 GTL-FPSO Process for Obtaining Synthetic Fuel from Natural Gas
6.5 Mobile System and Method to Manufacture Methanol from Natural Gas and Flare Gas Feedstock
6.6 Methylotrophs for Production of Biopolymers Using Methane
7.0 Strategic Insights
7.1 Perspectives on Technologies for Conversion of Methane to Chemicals
7.2 Methane with Potential to Address the Demand for Unconventional Feedstocks- Key Takeaways
8. 8.0 IP LANDSCAPE
8.0 IP Landscape
8.1 Consistent Increase in Patenting Activity over the Last Five Years
8.2 Key Patents Focused on Gas to Chemicals with Methane as Alternative Feedstock - North America
8.3 Key Patents Focused on Gas to Chemicals with Methane as Alternative Feedstock - Europe
8.4 Key Patents Focused on Gas to Chemicals with Methane as Alternative Feedstock - Middle East & APAC
9.0 Industry Contacts
9.1 Key Industry Contacts
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