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Steam cracker electrification (high value chemicals)


Technology Description

Steam cracking is a process in which long-chain hydrocarbons are broken into simpler ones, for example splitting naphtha into olefins and aromatics for further processing. Due to high temperature requirements, steam crackers are currently fossil fuel-fired. However, exploration is underway to run steam crackers on electricity.

Relevance for Net Zero

The viability of this technology is partly tied to the price of electricity, which will likely be in high demand in a low carbon world. However, this option is being pursued heavily by large scale producers.

Key Countries

Belgium, Germany, Netherlands

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