The primary role of the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit in a modern refinery is to maximize gasoline production from heavier crude oil fractions like vacuum gas oil (VGO). However, the ongoing energy transition has led to ideas of integrated biorefineries where FCC units process VGO feeds blended with waste streams like bio-oil and vegetable oil. The direct impact of such blending on FCC equipment and end products remains less understood, which limits the future design and manufacturing of FCC units that would be compatible with highly blended streams.
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