NICE3: Propane/Butane-based Solvent Recovery System Reduces Wastes from Petroleum Products


A joint cost-sharing grant program of:
U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies and Office of Technical and Financial Assistance
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pollution Prevention

Produced by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
a laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20586

Partners:Lubrizol Petroleum Chemicals Company
CF Systems
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
Texas State Energy Conservation Office
SIC Code:2869
Cost:$11.2 million (Industry share: $10.4 million)
Energy Savings:3.75 billion Btu (4 trillion joules)/yr at each plant
Environmental Benefits:Up to 17.8 million lb (8 million kg) of organic materials would be eliminated annually from any off-site hazardous, class I or class II disposal
Economic Savings:$2.6 million in disposal costs saved/yr at each plant
National Impact (2010):1 trillion Btu (1 quadrillion joules) saved/yr at each plant
Applications:Petrochemical manufacturers
Contact:Bill Ives -- DOE's Golden Field Office: (303) 275-4755

Until now, U.S. industry could not justify the expense associated with resource recovery compared to waste disposal from many waste streams. However, a new technique to recycle and reuse previously disposed petroleum products may provide some financial relief to industry.

With the help of a NICE3 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lubrizol Corporation of Deer Park, Texas, will evaluate the feasibility of using a closed loop propane/butane-based solvent extraction system to recover organic material from solid wastes currently disposed of off-site. In addition, this project may treat waste oil and water streams to permit reusing and recycling petroleum products.

October 1993

Last Updated: September 5, 1995