While existing catalysis technology has remained unchanged for the last 40 years, Unifrax is now offering revolutionary fiber-based technologies for industrial applications and automakers.
Unifrax has developed a new fiber-based catalyst media – FlexCat™– used in industrial catalysis to increase effectiveness with enhanced outputs for any reaction – including hydrogen, industrial emission control, and chemical feedstock applications. The industry has relied on alumina supports to execute chemical reactions, and the process has remained unchanged for more than 40 years. But it comes with many issues, such as inefficient performance, expensive costs, and harmful environmental emissions.
Meeting these issues head-on, Unifrax has designed a fiber mat catalysis solution that has 50 times more specific surface to maximize yield while minimizing side products and coking. This allows for increased output using existing equipment and a smaller reactor footprint for the future. Additionally, FlexCat can be incorporated into existing refining and petrochemical plant emission control systems to drive lower carbon footprints, allowing companies to meet stricter EPA standards and enhance ESG strategies.
Building on our automotive market experience, Unifrax has taken its first step into automotive catalysis with a new fiber-based nanostructured alumina catalyst technology, Eco-lytic™. This technology lives within a vehicle’s catalytic converter and is designed to extend the combustion engine’s life for automotive manufacturers, as well as improve energy density and provide considerable cost savings as the market begins to transition to electric vehicles (EVs). In the face of increasingly strict government regulations on combustion engine emissions, particularly with the industry-wide adoption of EVs moving forward at a rapid pace, Eco-lytic offers automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the ability to meet these regulations without compromising fuel economy or horsepower.
While the industry has long since relied on traditional catalytic converters with PGM-coated honeycomb structures, Unifrax is offering fiber-based material to reduce the overall footprint of the catalytic converter canister. Eco-lytic not only improves efficiency and lowers costs, but it also creates a bridge to an EV-based fleet, reduces the amount of PGMs required to meet regulations, and provides OEMs unique packaging options other technologies simply can’t.