BASF, Linde, Thyssen Krupp aim to use CO2 to produce synthesis gas

02 July 2013 16:19  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--BASF, Linde and ThyssenKrupp Uhde have begun a three-year project aimed at producing synthesis gas from natural gas and waste carbon dioxide (CO2), ThyssenKrupp Uhde said on Tuesday.

The process potentially could be used on chemical and steel production sites and consume CO2 emissions on an industrial scale.

“Our competences regarding the construction and operation of hydrogen plants, synthesis gas plants and coke oven plants complement each other exceptionally well in handling this complex task," said the development heads from ThyssenKrupp Uhde and Linde, Jens Wagner and Harald Ranke.

The engineering and industrial gases companies will work with the BASF catalyst company hte AG and scientific partners VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut, Dusseldorf, and TU Dortmund University to develop a two-stage process with the aim of producing solid carbon and industrially-useful hydrogen.

The carbon may be used to replace hard coal in the coke and steel industries. Synthesis gas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon dioxide can be used to make ammonia, methanol, fuels and lubricants.

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research has granted a total of €9.2m ($12m) to support industry/academia cooperation on the project.

ThyssenKrupp Uhde said that the first step of the new process involves an innovative high-temperature technology to thermally convert natural gas to hydrogen and carbon without the addition of oxygen or water. “Compared to other processes, this technology produces very little CO2,” it said.

Hydrogen is then reacted in a catalytic step with large volumes of CO2, potentially from other industrial processes, to give synthesis gas.

Large amounts of waste heat are recycled immediately in the process.

BASF will coordinate the project and carry out gas decomposition and catalyst development. Pilot plant development will assess whether the process can be used on existing chemical and steel production sites.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Nigel Davis
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