Cornerstone - Winter 2015 - (Page 57)
Catalyzing Coal Conversion Globally:
An Exclusive Interview With Li Yong-Wang of
By Holly Krutka
Executive Editor, Cornerstone
r. Li Yong-Wang is the founder and president of Synfuels
China Technology Co., Ltd., a Beijing-based company
focusing on advanced conversion technologies for coal,
natural gas, and other energy assets since 2006. Dr. Li has also
built up a series of subsidiary companies around the world.
Synfuels China's business is founded upon the expertise gained
from research and development (R&D), three operational
coal-to-liquid (CTL) plants, and the construction of the largest
CTL plant in the world-producing 100,000 barrels of liquids
per day (bpd), with an investment of about US$10 billion.
Considered one of the world's top scientists focused on
Fisher-Tropsch (FT) technology, Dr. Li is also a leading professor at the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) in the Institute
of Coal Chemistry. As the director of the Chinese National
Engineering Laboratory of Indirect Coal Liquefaction and the
National Energy Research Center for Clean Fuels From Coal,
Dr. Li leads a research team that carries out advanced research
projects in industrial coal and gas conversion processes.
Dr. Li has published more than 400 scientific papers, obtained
more than 50 authorized patents, and holds one software
copyright. His FT-focused research has won several international awards, such as Germany's Alexander von Humboldt
Award, several Chinese National Technology Invention and
Scientific Innovation awards, and CAS's Outstanding Science
and Technology Achievement Prize.
Cornerstone sat down with Dr. Li to discuss what he sees in the
future of coal conversion and the most pressing technological
developments needed to address today's energy challenges.
Q: What do you see as the advantages of Synfuels China's
indirect liquefaction technology?
A: Conventional FT slurry-phase processes operated in lowtemperature mode, �220-250°C, can produce 400 tons of
C3+ hydrocarbon products per ton of iron-based catalyst consumed. Employing a medium-temperature mode, �275°C,
Synfuels China has pushed the productivity even higher, to
1200 tons of high-quality C3+ products per ton of proprietary
iron-based catalyst used. Synfuels China's CTL technologies
and process demonstrates the further following advantages:
Dr. Li Yong-Wang, President of Synfuels China Technology
* The slurry-bed FT reactor can scale to a single-stage design
producing 12,000 bpd, while other technologies can
require dual-stage systems.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Winter 2015
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The Implications of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Upholding Strong Environmental Values:
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The Colowyo Mine: A Case Study for Successful Mine Reclamation
Detailing Yancoal Australia’s Reclamation Best Practices
Reclaiming Indian Mines
Mining Site Restoration by Spontaneous
Processes in the Czech Republic
DICE—A Step Change Opportunity for Coal?Mackenzie
Construction and Operation of the Shenhua Anqing
High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Power Plant
Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ as a Holistic Approach
to a Low-Emissions Energy System
Catalyzing Coal Conversion Globally:
An Exclusive Interview With Li Yong-Wang of Synfuels China
Volume 3 Author Index
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