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CX-004128: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Launching a New Route to Styrene Monomer
CX(s) Applied: B3.6, B5.1
Date: 09/17/2010
Location(s): Livingston, New Jersey
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Styrene monomer is a vital commodity chemical that consumes vast amounts of energy in its production. A new, energy-efficient route to styrene using novel process chemistry is being developed in this project, enabled by a breakthrough catalytic material. In Phase III, these innovations will be proven at a scale that is an order of magnitude larger than previously attempted. The pilot unit will be designed to mimic the anticipated commercial reactor. Styrene produced in the unit will undergo a battery of tests to verify its suitability for commercial sale. This technology has the potential to cut the cost of production of styrene significantly, providing a strong incentive for adoption in the industry.