Safe, Environmentally Acceptable Resources Recovery from Oil Refinery SludgeEPA Contract Number: 68D10034
Title: Safe, Environmentally Acceptable Resources Recovery from Oil Refinery Sludge
Investigators: Calderon, Albert
Small Business: Calderon Energy Company of Bowling Green Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Project Period: September 1, 1991 through March 1, 1992
Project Amount: $49,724
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1991) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , SBIR - Waste , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Description:Petroleum refineries are unavoidably generating waste streams of oil sludge in the amount of approximately 30,000 tons per year per refinery. The waste stream com- prises sediment from storage tanks, bottoms from distilla- tion units, spent catalyst, and waste water. Disposal of this refinery sludge is a challenge to the petroleum industry.
Calderon Energy Company of Bowling Green, Inc., be- lieves it will be possible to confirm the feasibility of recovering clean energy from refinery sludge in an environ- mentally acceptable manner by mixing it with the bitumi- nous coal being processed through the Calderon Coal Conversion System Process Development Unit (PDU) now in operation in Alliance, Ohio. By measuring and analyzing the coal and sludge entering, and products, byproducts, and emissions leaving the PDU, it will be possible to confirm the following objectives: (1) conversion of refinery sludge to a valuable byproduct, (2) meeting EPA regulations for solid, liquid, and gaseous emissions, and (3) optimization of the process for Phase 11 and collection of accurate capital and operating cost data.