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Lurgi–Ruhrgas process

The Lurgi–Ruhrgas process is an above-ground coal liquefaction and shale oil extraction technology. It is classified as a hot recycled solids technology; the Lurgi–Ruhrgas process was invented in the 1940s and further developed in the 1950s for a low-temperature liquefaction of lignite. The technology is named after its developers Lurgi Gesellschaft für Wärmetechnik G.m.b. H. and Ruhrgas AG. Over a time, the process was used for coal processing in Japan, the United Kingdom and former Yugoslavia; the plant in Japan processed cracking petroleum oils to olefins. In 1947–1949, the Lurgi–Ruhrgas process was used in Germany for shale oil production. In Lukavac and Herzegovina, two retorts for liquefaction of lignite were in operation from 1963 to 1968; the capacity of the plant was 850 tons of lignite per day. The plant in Lincolnshire, the United Kingdom, operated in 1978–1979 with capacity of 900 tons of coal per day. In late 1960s and early 1970s oil shales from different European countries and from the Green River Formation of Colorado, the United States, were tested at the Lurgi's pilot plant in Frankfurt.

In the United States, the technology was promoted in cooperation with Dravo Corporation. In the 1970s, the technology was licensed to the Rio Blanco Shale Oil Project for construction of a modular retort in combination with the modified in situ process. However, this plan was terminated. In 1980, the Natural Resources Authority of Jordan commissioned from the Klöckner-Lurgi consortium a pre-feasibility study of construction of an oil shale retorting complex in Jordan using the Lurgi–Ruhrgas process. However, although the study found the technology feasible, it was never implemented; the Lurgi–Ruhrgas process is a hot recycled solids technology, which processes fine particles of coal or oil shale sized 0.25 to 0.5 inches. As a heat carrier, it uses spent char or spent oil shale, mixed with sand or other more durable materials. In this process, crushed coal or oil shale is fed into the top of the retort. In retort, coal or oil shale is mixed with the 550 °C heated char or spent oil shale particles in the mechanical mixer.

The heat is transferred from the heated char or spent oil shale to the coal or raw oil shale causing pyrolysis. As a result, oil shale decomposes to shale oil shale gas and spent oil shale; the oil vapor and product gases pass through a hot cyclone for cleaning before sending to a condenser. In the condenser, shale oil is separated from product gases; the spent oil shale, still including residual carbon, is burnt at a lift pipe combustor to heat the process. If necessary, additional fuel oil is used for combustion. During the combustion process, heated solid particles in the pipe are moved to the surge bin by pre-heated air, introduced from the bottom of the pipe. At the surge bin and gases are separated, solid particles are transferred to the mixer unit to conduct the pyrolysis of the raw oil shale. One of the disadvantages of this technology is the fact that produced shale oil vapors are mixed with shale ash causing impurities in shale oil. Ensuring the quality of produced shale oil is complicated as compared with other mineral dusts the shale ash is more difficult to collect.

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1930 Walker Cup

The 1930 Walker Cup, the 6th Walker Cup Match, was played on 15 and 16 May 1930, at Royal St George's Golf Club, Kent, England. The United States won by 10 matches to 2; the United States won three foursomes matches and seven of the singles matches. Four 36-hole matches of foursomes were played on Thursday and eight singles matches on Friday; each of the 12 matches was worth one point in the larger team competition. If a match was all square after the 36th hole extra holes were not played; the team with most points won the competition. If the two teams were tied, the previous winner would retain the trophy; the United States team of eight was announced in January, together with two reserves. The initial team included Jess Sweetser but he withdrew for business reasons in early April and was replaced by Roland MacKenzie. Maurice McCarthy became the first reserve but did not travel to the UK. Seven members of the Great Britain and Ireland team were selected in March, with Roger Wethered as captain; the last three members of the team, Campbell and Lang, were announced in mid-April.

Great Britain and Ireland used the same eight players for singles. Harris and Lang being left out. & Playing captain: Roger Wethered William Campbell Robert Harris Rex Hartley Ernest Holderness John Lang John Nelson Smith Bill Stout Cyril Tolley Tony Torrance Playing captain: Bobby Jones Jimmy Johnston Roland MacKenzie Don Moe Francis Ouimet George Voigt George Von Elm Oscar Willing