Laser induced pyrolysis of light hydrocarbons

Ethylene is a basic chemical widely used in the production of everyday items. However, its production is energy intensive and requires availability of a large feedstock volumes to be viable.

Theme 6 is developing a game-changing technology that allows the production of ethylene by inducing the pyrolysis of light hydrocarbons with lasers.


Key objectives

  • To design and demonstrate a novel energy efficient and compact reactor for the production of ethylene


  • Cheaper, environmentally - friendly production of ethylene
  • Production of ethylene in smaller quantities and in remote areas due to reduced reactor size compared to cracking furnaces
  • Eliminated need for cooling in transfer line heat exchangers and associated reduction in capital and operating costs due to lower reaction temperature