Hydrocarbon Reforming

Hydrocarbon reforming type Hydrogen generators are the most preferred systems for large hydrogen flow requirements, reliable and clean production of Hydrogen. Methanol, Natural Gas (Methane), Naphtha are some of the feedstocks that can be used for Hydrogen production.

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TECHNICAL FACTS

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Flow Range

  • We offer compact, small industrial units in partnership with Element One (USA). These are suitable for flow rates up to 10 nm3/hr.
  • We offer large industrial systems in partnership with Caloric (Germany). These are suitable for flow rates starting from 200 nm3/hr.
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Gas Purity

Our systems offer Hydrogen at purity levels ranging from 99% Hydrogen to 99.999% Hydrogen. Customers can optionally purchase online gas purity measurement instruments

HOW IT WORKS

METHANOL REFORMER

Methanol reformers operate on a convenient mix of methanol with water and require little electric power. A mixture of methanol and demineralised water is vaporized in heat exchangers. Whilst passing the heated catalyst, the methanol/water vapor mixture is converted into a syngas consisting of H2, CO, CO2, CH4 and water vapor. The syngas then passes through the purification unit, where the hydrogen is purified and delivered.

Steam Methane Reformer

For producing hydrogen, carbon monoxide or other useful products from hydrocarbon fuels such as natural gas, a method known as Steam reforming is used. This is attained in a processing tool called a reformer which reacts steam at high temperature with the fossil fuel. The steam methane reformer is widely used in industry to make hydrogen. It came into being using a chemical equilibrium model with detailed heat integration. SMR is the most common and economical way to make hydrogen.

NATURAL GAS REFORMER

The feed natural gas (methane) is mixed with a split stream of hydrogen and preheated in the heat exchanger prior to passing through sulfur removal step. The feed is mixed with superheated steam and passes through the catalyst in the reformer tubes. The methane steam mixture gets converted to syngas consisting of H2, CO, CO2, H2O, and CH4.

The hot syngas passes the heat exchanger in which the main part of the sensible heat is utilized, thus adjusting the temperature of the syngas for the subsequent CO-shift. In the cooler following the CO-shift, it passes through the purification unit, where the hydrogen is purified and delivered.

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Applications

Hydrocarbon Reforming Hydrogen Generators are used in:

  • Catalyst reduction and regeneration
  • Refineries
  • Distributed power generation such as remote telecom sites
  • Metallurgical processing (annealing, brightening, sintering)
  • Hydrogenation of fats (food processing)
  • Chemicals processing

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