HAVELIDE SYSTEMS INC
Havelide is working on gas-to-liquids chemistry, aiming to convert natural gas into a high-energy, octane-like hydrocarbon suitable as a gasoline additive. The additive would boost motor-vehicle fuel economy, thereby continuing to reduce American dependence on foreign oil. Natural Gas (NG), without a costly infrastructure, is problematic to transport great distances. Even more problematic than NG is elemental Hydrogen (H2), whose transport and storage are logistically challenging, even for short distances, and only on a temporary basis. Value added liquid hydrocarbons, compared to natural gas and particularly hydrogen, on the other hand, are storable, safer to transport and worth 2-5 times per kg, in comparison to liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Havelide Systems, Inc. has developed provocative, two-pronged, proprietary method, which facilitates a significantly more efficient means to transforming NG into low-molecular weight, octane-like hydrocarbon liquids. This second step, often called concatenation, will convert 88-89% by weight of the NG into low-molecular-weight liquid hydrocarbons. The remaining ~11wt% (when expressed as hydrogen) is temporarily stored in stable form to be reused for hydrogenation or recovery as H2 gas. The final product, called "light-sweet naphtha" (HavelideTm Naphtha), will be very close in chemical composition to naphtha, a mid-level refinery blend of hydrocarbons with a boiling-point range of 40-120OC.
The Havelide Process of converting Natural Gas (NG) to liquid hydrocarbons affords many advantages to the utility industry. The Havelide Process uses 1/5th the energy to convert NG to liquid hydrocarbons, and does not emit ANY pollutants into the environment (unlike the contemporary processes deployed by industry). It is also modular, which allows the avoidance of costly infrastructure as well as makes accessible stranded sources of NG.