Synthesis of liquid fuels, mainly gasoline and diesel, by Fisher–Tropsch reactions is a complex process. Prediction of products distribution as function of carbon number has been under discussion for many years and, currently, it has not been possible to perform without a comprehensive description of catalyst properties/formulation; therefore, usually experimental data are necessary to study this process. In this work, analysis of experimental data obtained from several literature references is performed by evaluating the total energy release, as consequence of heat of reaction, and entropy and free energy generated during the experiments. It is found that depending on the production objectives and the catalyst used, energy management during hydrocarbons synthesis, mainly paraffins and olefins, could be a criterion to decide how long the hydrocarbons chain should be. Additionally, since total Gibbs’ free energy becomes less negative as hydrocarbons are longer, it is assessed that production of gasoline and LP gas could be more attractive as target than production of diesel.
- Cobalt based catalyst Iron based catalyst Fisher–Tropsch synthesis,
- Liquid fuels,
- Reaction energy release
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