Patent Number: 8,877,986

Title: Process for recovering alcohol

Abstract: Recovery of an alcohol such as ethanol from a crude alcohol product, preferably obtained from the hydrogenation of acetic acid using a low energy process. The crude ethanol product is separated in a column to produce a distillate stream comprising ethyl acetate and a residue stream comprising ethanol, acetic acid, and water. The ethanol product is recovered in a second column as an ethanol side stream.

Inventors: Orosco; Adam (Houston, TX), Salado; Manuel (Seabrook, TX), Sarager; Lincoln (Houston, TX), Warner; R. Jay (Houston, TX), Horton; Trinity (Houston, TX), Johnston; Victor J. (Houston, TX), Lee; David (Seabrook, TX)

Assignee: Celanese International Corporation

International Classification: C07C 27/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00