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- 12/20/2016

Hte deploys fully automated hydrocracking catalyst testing workflow at Chevron Richmond Technology Center

Chimica Oggi-Chemistry Today

Hte  –  the  high throughput experimentation company supplied Chevron Energy Technology  Company  (ETC), a subsidiary  of Chevron Corporation, with a workflow solution to increase the efficiency and speed of hydrocracking catalyst research.
After  several  years  of  successful  research  collaboration,  Chevron ETC  purchased  a  hydrocracking  catalyst  testing  workflow  from  hte for the efficient combination of key steps in R&D. The fully automated lab  4.0  solution  comprises  the  latest  generation  of hte’s  X4500  16-

fold hydrocracking catalyst testing system as well as accessories for reactor  tube  filling,  elaborate  analytical  equipment  and  sample handling tools. The applied software solution myhte4™ merges data from all high throughput processes in the laboratory, from Design of

Experiments (DoE), through reaction, sampling and analysis, right up to data processing and fast reporting.  
Hte’s  technology  was  delivered  and  implemented  at  Chevron’s Richmond Technology Center in California in early 2016. “We have been operating this research solution for over nine months now and have seen excellent results. The data quality matches our pilot data,” said Bob Saxton, Manager of the Catalysis division at Chevron ETC.  

“To reduce our R&D costs and increase efficiency at the same time, we  opted  for  downscaling.  After  many  years  of  close  collaboration,

we selected hte to modernize our laboratory,” he added. “The relationship between Chevron and hte has grown stronger over the years. I am delighted that the cooperation with our key customer Chevron ETC has now resulted in the selection of our state-of-the-art hydrocracking  workflow,”  commented Wolfram  Stichert,  CEO  at  Hte GmbH.


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