SWAPSOL in Houston’s Sulphur 2011 Nov. 10 on H2S processing breakthrough

November 9th, 2011

Media Alert

SWAPSOL Corporation tomorrow will present its breakthrough sulfur recovery technology that can reduce hydrogen sulfide to below detectable levels and yield valuable products in a low temperature catalytic reaction.

Sulphur 2011 / Intercontinental Houston / Houston, TX
11:50am, Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Session: Stream A: Sulphur and Sulphides
Presenter: Wolf Koch, CEO / SWAPSOL Corp.

The SWAP: A breakthrough in hydrogen sulfide processing
SWAPSOL is developing commercial processes around a recently discovered chemical reaction, which reduces hydrogen sulfide (H2S) below detectable levels while reacting with carbon dioxide (CO2) to form water, sulfur and carsuls, a carbon-sulfur polymer. The SWAP stands to fundamentally simplify sulfur removal technology as it consumes carbon dioxide in an exothermic reaction under relatively mild process conditions. Alternatively, hydrogen sulfide may be reacted to form hydrogen and sulfur. The SWAP will have applications in landfill gas, sour gas, industrial flue gas cleanup, Claus tail gas cleanup and may serve as an alternative to Claus technology. A related process allows for the destruction of waste hydrocarbons by reacting them with sulfur to form hydrogen sulfide and carsuls.

The primary reactions and variants have been independently verified and the chemical kinetics determined by a third party laboratory. Swapsol has filed US and international patent applications covering all aspects of the technology. Laboratory scale development of the various Swapsol processes is nearing completion and the company is exploring opportunities for pilot plant development programs with potential partners.

For more information:

Evan Howell / evan.howell@swapsol.com

SWAPSOL in Hydrocarbon Engineering Magazine on sour gas, landfill gas cleanup

October 12th, 2011

This month, editors at Hydrocarbon Engineering Magazine, Europe’s premiere refining trade publication, took a look at the SWAP’s application in cleaning sour gas which has potential for dramatic savings for refiners.  A new outside report shows the SWAP can beat costs of traditional methods (Claus) by as much as 70 percent.

In early 2011, an independent comprehensive process design and cost analysis was commissioned for the SWAP sour gas application, covering a design for a typical well and one for cleaning landfill gases. The outside contractor was chosen because of his renown expertise in sulfur recovery technology and process design.


“What is clear from the data is that the SWAP can provide cost advantages over competing processes, especially in view of the fact that thecompeting cost data needs to be inflated for a four year time period. Compared to the industry standard (the Claus process), the SWAP provides a cost advantage in excess of 40 % (after adjustments for inflation); the advanced SWAP process increases the potential advantage to 70%.”

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Wolf Koch Named CEO of SWAPSOL

September 19th, 2011

Former Amoco veteran leads efforts behind industry breakthrough of the SWAP

Wolf Koch before shareholders in NYC, March 2011

Wolf Koch before shareholders in NYC, March 2011

The SWAPSOL Board of Directors has named Amoco Oil veteran Wolf Koch president and chief executive officer of N.J.-based SWAPSOL on the eve of a major expansion of business development activities by the company.

The new appointment surrounds the company’s patented green chemistry breakthrough, the SWAP, designed to mitigateCO2 and turnpollutants into valuable materials for a wide range of industries. Koch is President and Founder of the Sterling-based consulting firm Technology Resources International, Inc.

Board chairman and company co-founder Ray Stenger said Koch will have responsibility for business operations, strategy, and partnership negotiations as the company moves forward; he will divide his time between the Company’s office and labs in Eatontown, N.J. and his Sterling office.

“We couldn’t have a better man at the helm,” Stenger said. “Wolf’s many years of experience in the oil industry and his vast network of industry relationships make him the ideal choice in leading us forward.”

The SWAP is a suite of hydrocarbon refining applications based on a self-sustainable chemical reaction. The reaction instantaneously eliminates noxious pollutants, such as hydrogen sulfide and reduces CO2 levels in natural gas and refinery streams. The SWAP has applications in landfill gas-to-energy projects, hydrogen generation, industrial flue gas cleanup and carbon fiber-like material development. Independent engineering and cost analyses show the SWAP can reduce costs in some hydrogen sulfide removal operations by as much as 70 percent and significantly lower a plant’s carbon footprint. SWAPSOL is currently engaging industry on joint development and joint investment opportunities in the commercialization of the technology.

Koch recently served as Director of Planning and Development for SWAPSOL and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and worked in the oil and gas sector for more than 30 years, including 20 years at Amoco Oil. He frequently presents on the SWAP to industry both in the United States and abroad, and he will continue these activities as CEO.

“SWAPSOL is armed with an innovative marketing team and a strong cadre of negotiating experts,” Koch said. “Backed by independent commercial analyses showing the economic and environmental benefits of the SWAP, I’m confident industry will embrace our technology’s potential in the marketplace.”

SWAPSOL TECHNOLOGY MAY ALTER WASTE INDUSTRY FUTURE

May 9th, 2011

SWAPSOL Corp. announced its breakthrough technology that may fundamentally alter traditional methods for waste disposal and waste-to-energy operations. The SWAP, a suite of HC processing solutions is verified to reduce H2S to below detectable limits in a self-sustaining low-temperature catalytic reaction.

“Landfill gas cleanup may likely be the easiest application of the SWAP to implement quickly. This type of cleanup is expected to experience significant growth in the future as a renewable energy option,” said Wolf Koch, Ph.D., SWAPSOL director of planning and development. “Each landfill is normally a standalone application close to an urban location and requires little integration activities with existing processes.”

Waste disposal revolution: Landfills early adopters
The SWAP can also can destroy most common HC wastes via a reaction with molten sulfur, H2S and carsuls (a carbon-sulfur polymer), which will depend on the HC feed. As landfills accept large quantities of construction and demolition (C&D) debris along with regular municipal solid waste (MSW), they generate increasing amounts of H2S. That H2S may be reacted to generate usable sulfur and hydrogen. Carsuls may be utilized to yield carbon polymer materials. The sulfur may be used for destruction of additional HC waste.

SWAPSOL COO Wolf Koch

Wolf Koch at Landfill Workshop during WasteExpo

Turning waste plastics into usable polymers

SWAPSOL has experimented with the destruction of most plastics, including PVC and polystyrene, as well as used motor oils and cellulosic materials. SWAPSOL President Raymond Stenger said the utilization of carsuls presents potential commercial opportunities as building blocks for other materials.

“We’re very excited about applying this technology in the waste management sector,” Stenger said. “Given the wide range of opportunities, particularly within the waste management sector, we are already in discussions with potential pilot partners.”

Engineering & cost studies toward pilot construction
An independent engineering and comparative cost analysis has shown operational costs for the SWAP to be 70 percent lower than traditional (Claus) technology. These scoping analyses will form the blueprint for pilot development. Work is underway to identify potential partners in establishing the first commercial landfill application in mid-2011.

“We look forward to a successful demonstration of the SWAP will lead to further implementation of the technology within other industries,” Koch said. “We are already in talks with natural gas and power industry representatives discussing cooperation toward sour gas and flue gas cleanup.”

SWAPSOL presents its waste disposal breakthrough May 9 at Waste Expo 2011 in Dallas

May 5th, 2011

SWAPSOL will present Monday, May 9 at Waste Expo 2011 in Dallas, where they will discuss the SWAP technology and how landfill operators and engineers can benefit by a near instantaneous reduction of H2S to below detectable levels in a low-temperature reaction.

They will also discuss the SWAP application in waste disposal – its ability to destroy any hydrocarbon waste to yield sulfur, hydrogen and carsuls – which may be utilized into materials.

WASTE EXPO 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
10:30 a.m.
Dallas Convention Center
Landfill Workshop I:  Current Developments for Landfill Owners and Operators

Wolf Koch, Ph.D.
SWAPSOL Corporation

SWAPSOL has experimented with the destruction of most plastics, including PVC and polystyrene, as well as used motor oils and cellulosic materials. The utilization of carsuls presents potential commercial opportunities as building blocks for other materials.

The SWAP reaction has broad applications in other process areas, including sour gas processing and flue gas cleanup. SWAPSOL has presented its technology to hydrocarbon refining conferences in the United States and abroad.
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SWAPSOL CORP NAMES JAMES BUCCINI TO BOARD

April 13th, 2011

Redding Consultants partner, former Koch Industries director adds new layer of marketing, management savvy to N.J.-based environmental R&D Firm

SWAPSOL Corp (www.swapsol.com) has named James Buccini, a partner in Connecticut-based management firm Redding Consultants, to its Board of Directors. SWAPSOL President Raymond Stenger welcomed Buccini who is expected to play an important role in business and management operations.

“Jim will be a great asset to us in successfully positioning the SWAP in the market,” Stenger said. “He is an expert at navigating through the global business space, and we are thrilled to have him on board.”

The company is developer of the SWAP, a suite of hydrocarbon refining processes shown to eliminate industrial pollutants and reduce CO2.

Buccini’s expertise includes product and technology commercialization, merger integration, operations, marketing, supply chain, and commodity risk management.  Since 2001, he has led major strategy and performance improvement projects at Redding for a wide range of industrial and consumer product clients.  Buccini also has extensive international leadership experience, including lengthy in-country assignments in China, Brazil, Romania, England, and Luxembourg.

“I’m excited to be part of the SWAPSOL family,” Buccini said. “I look forward to working with this great team and playing a role in building industry partnerships.”

Buccini was previously a principal of the global management firm, A.T. Kearney, Inc. Prior to this, he served as a senior executive for Koch Industries Inc., the largest privately held corporation in the United States. There, he served as vice president of structured products trading for Koch’s Petroleum Group; president and managing director of John Zink Europe, Koch’s process equipment business based in Luxembourg; and served as director of Koch’s 20+ person internal management consulting group.

He began his career at UOP LLC, now a subsidiary of Honeywell, and has also served on corporate boards in the United States and Europe.

Buccini holds an MBA from The University of Chicago – Booth School of Business with a specialization in marketing and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York.

SWAPSOL Corporation
SWAPSOL is an environmental R&D firm based in Eatontown, N.J. It is the developer of the SWAP, a suite of hydrocarbon refining solutions, stemming from the discovery of a reaction between carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Refining operations already have sulfur plants and gas streams containing H2S, increasing the feasibility of integrating SWAP technology.

Waste & Recycling News interviews SWAPSOL on landfill cleanup application

March 29th, 2011

The U.S. has 3,091 active landfills and over 10,000 old municipal landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

New technology is being used to turn garbage into power by removing noxious hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and producing methane to use for electricity generation. Technology is being developed and used, but arguably, waste-to-energy projects are still in the early adoption stages.

However, Waste & Recycling News interviewed SWAPSOL and learned about their unique landfill cleanup application that instantaneously eliminates H2S, is cost-effective and requires minimal integration into existing systems.

SWAPSOL recently attended the EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program Conference and Expo in Baltimore, where they met with potential partners and other industry representatives. Company executives point out that the landfill application is part of a multi-pronged approach to showcase the SWAP’s wide range of potential applications.

Gastech 2011 – SWAPSOL PROCESS CUTS GAS REFINING COSTS 70 PERCENT

March 22nd, 2011

Low-temp, catalytic process set for Q2 pilot, new partner discussions on horizon
GASTECH /Amsterdam (22 March, 2011) – SWAPSOL announced today its pre-pilot sulphur disposal technology may help refiners eliminate nearly two-thirds of their current gas processing costs. Company director Wolf Koch (Cook), Ph.D., cited data from an independent cost and engineering analysis when he presented the news at Gastech.

SWAPSOL Director, Wolf Koch

SWAPSOL Director, Wolf Koch

“This new data shows how the SWAP can both improve a gas processors bottom line and make a positive contribution to a cleaner environment simultaneously,” Koch said.

The report shows the SWAP disposal costs estimate to be $0.46 ($/1,000cf), compared to $1.40 ($/1,000cf) with current Claus technology. The cost comparison is based against published U.S. Department of Energy data on competing processes adjusted from 2004 to 2008 – the reference time frame for the present study.

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SWAPSOL SHARES LOW-COST LANDFILL GAS CLEANUP PROCESS DISCOVERY AT JANUARY EPA/LMOP CONFERENCE

January 17th, 2011

Operators given novel choice: Eliminate H2S and reduce CO2, or turn H2S into fuel

EATONTOWN, N.J. (Jan. 17, 2011) – SWAPSOL Corp. executives will be in Baltimore, Md., to explain how the Stenger-Wasas Process (SWAP) can give landfill operators a cost-effective solution to turn their sites into sources of clean, affordable power.  They will also discuss their latest research on directly converting hydrogen sulfide (H2S) into hydrogen (H2) for fuel. SWAPSOL will exhibit at the 14th Annual LMOP Conference and Project Expo at the Baltimore Hilton Jan. 18-20.

“Landfill gas cleanup may likely be the easiest application of the SWAP to implement quickly. This type of cleanup is expected to experience significant growth in the future as a renewable energy option,” said Wolf Koch, Ph.D., SWAPSOL director of planning and development. “Each landfill is normally a standalone application close to an urban location and requires little integration activities with existing processes.”

The SWAPSOL Sulfur Cycle

The SWAPSOL Sulfur Cycle

The SWAP
The SWAP is a suite of hydrocarbon (HC) processing applications independently verified to convert H2S with three possible reaction paths and may be applied to cleaning landfill, sour, flue, and other industrial gases. The process may be used to eliminate NOx, SOx, O3, CO, COS, and stoichiometrically reduce CO2 by using H2S. Alternatively, air may be used to react with H2S. Laboratory work has shown that the SWAP has the ability to also convert H2S into H2 for fuel. The SWAP reacts CO2 in the presence of H2S, forming water, sulfur, and carbon-sulfur polymers (carsuls). The alternate reactions produce sulfur and either water or hydrogen. The SWAP has been shown in the laboratory to eliminate H2S to below detectable limits.

No pre-separation required: Landfills early adopters
A variant of the SWAP has the ability to destroy most common HC wastes via a reaction with sulfur, producing additional H2S and carsuls. As landfills accept large quantities of construction and demolition (C&D) debris along with regular municipal solid waste (MSW), they generate increasing amounts of H2S. The SWAP eliminates the need for pre-separating the H2S, lowering operating costs for gas cleanup.

“We’re very excited about applying this technology in the waste management sector,” Koch said. “Not only can the SWAP clean landfill gas in ongoing operations, but operators may also use the technology to generate power from capped sites.”

Engineering & cost studies toward pilot construction
An independent engineering and comparative cost analysis is being completed to form the blueprint for pilot development. Work is underway to identify potential partners in establishing the first commercial landfill application in mid-2011. Koch said he hopes the successful demonstration will lead to the SWAP’s further implementation into the natural gas and coal-fired power generation industries.

“The SWAP is not a CO2 capture process, but a CO2 elimination process,” Koch said. “The SWAP vision is to enable carbon-emitters to profit by not polluting, to substantially lower their carbon penalties, and to earn carbon credits.”

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SWAP at Global Refining Summit

July 7th, 2010
From the Chementator / Chemical Engineering Magazine
Recently at the Global Refining Summit Swapsol Corp. introduced a completely new sour-gas-cleanup process that reduces hydrogen sulfide levels below detectable levels (under 4 ppb) while reacting with carbon dioxide to form water, sulfur and a polymer of sulfur and carbon (carsul). Although still in the laboratory stage of development, the process promises to have application in cleaning up landfill gas, sour-gas, fluegas and Claus tailgas, as well as serving as an alternative to Claus technology, says COO Wolf Koch. Named after its discoverers, the Stenger-Wasas Process (SWAP) involves the reaction of H2S and CO2 at temperatures of 70–200°C and ambient to moderate pressures. The exothermic reaction is carried out in a catalyst-packed tubular reactor and produces sulfur, water and carsuls. The catalyst is a naturally occurring mineral ore that is pretreated in a manner analogous to common hydrotreating catalysts. Sulfur can be recovered from carsul by simply heating it, leaving behind a polymer of carbon that may have applications as a construction material. Thus far the company has performed the reaction in 1- and 2-in.-dia. tubular reactors, and believes scaleup to a commercial process with a large shell containing multiple tubes is not a problem. Swapsol is now planning to start testing its applications in a pilot plant and move to the first commercial application — most probably a landfill-gas-cleanup operation — during 2011.
Source http://www.che.com/chementator/Combined-CO2-mitigation-and-H2S-removal_5735.html

SWAPSOL in May had the good fortune of being able to briefly discuss the SWAP with Gerald Ondrey at Chemical Engineering Magazine for a story that appeared in last month’s “Chementator.”

He writes:

Recently at the Global Refining Summit Swapsol Corp. introduced a completely new sour-gas-cleanup process that reduces hydrogen  sulfide levels below detectable levels (under 4 ppb) while reacting with carbon dioxide to form water, sulfur and a polymer of sulfur and carbon (carsul). Although still in the laboratory stage of development, the process promises to have application in cleaning up landfill gas, sour-gas, fluegas and Claus tailgas, as well as serving as an alternative to Claus technology, says Director Wolf Koch.

Named after its discoverers, the Stenger-Wasas Process (SWAP) involves the reaction of H2S and CO2 at temperatures of 70–200°C and ambient to moderate pressures. The exothermic reaction is carried out in a catalyst-packed tubular reactor and produces sulfur, water and carsuls. The catalyst is a naturally occurring mineral ore that is pretreated in a manner analogous to common hydrotreating catalysts. Sulfur can be recovered from carsul by simply heating it, leaving behind a polymer of carbon that may have applications as a construction material. Thus far the company has performed the reaction in 1- and 2-in.-dia. tubular reactors, and believes scaleup to a commercial process with a large shell containing multiple tubes is not a problem. Swapsol is now planning to start testing its applications in a pilot plant and move to the first commercial application — most probably a landfill-gas-cleanup operation — during 2011.

Source http://www.che.com/chementator/Combined-CO2-mitigation-and-H2S-removal_5735.html