15 November 2012 22:38 [Source: ICIS news]
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (ICIS)--Catacel will begin using its Stackable Structural Reactor (SSR) catalyst system with propane, after years of using the technology for steam reformation of methane, a company representative said on Thursday.
The company has tested the concept, which differs only in the use of a different feedstock with a catalyst that can tolerate the propane, reaction technology manager Larry Cirjak said on the sidelines of the ChemInnovations 2012 Conference.
Catacel began using SSR for steam methane reformation more than four years ago at a plant in ?xml:namespace>
SSR involves coating highly active catalysts onto engineered foil fans that go inside tubular systems.
Compared to traditional steam methane reformation using ceramic pellet catalysts, SSR’s fans increase surface area, delivering more heat transfer at the same or lower pressure, Cirjak said.
The result is lower heat input and less energy used, he said. Performance readings have shown 15-30% reduction in natural gas consumption.
Using the same amount of energy to increase syngas throughput is another use for the SSR application, which is more ideal for a new plant,, Cirjak said.
However, steam reforming is not the only reaction, and SSR could be part of any reaction that uses tubular systems where heat transfer is a factor, he added.
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