Advanced Process for Hydrogen Production By Steam Conversion
By Dr. Dmitri Astanovsky, Vice President, Fast Engineering,
The greater demand for hydrogen in ammonia and
methanol production, refinery, motor vehicles, etc., is advancing processes
for steam catalytic hydrocarbon conversion and catalytic CO conversion in
Fast Engineering, Ltd., located in Moscow, Russia,
has created a new design reactor for carrying out catalytic processes and
heat exchange. The use of this equipment for cleaning hydrocarbons from
sulfur, steam catalytic hydrocarbon conversion, and catalytic CO conversion
and heat exchanger processes in hydrogen production reduces energy consumption
and capital investment and solves environmental problems.
The reduction of energy consumption by around
5-10% is carried out at the expense of decreased pressure drop of equipment
and more intensive use of heat.
The capital investment needed is decreased by
a factor of three to five times (depending on unit capacity) at the expense
of considerable size reduction of equipment and materials consumption (metals,
The use of a catalytic burner for a new design
reactor for steam catalytic hydrocarbon conversion solves environmental
problems, providing discharge stack gases having no adverse components.
The newly designed catalytic reactor for steam
hydrocarbon conversion enables creation of hydrogen production units for
specific capacity in a wide range of pressures. These units will be reliable
in operation and be able to operate in a wide range of load.
The use of new designs enables creation of space-saving
production units as well as modular units. The reactor for hydrocarbon conversion
(instead of tubular reactors) for large-scale units of ammonia and methanol
production, refinery, etc., can be manufactured and supplied to the customer
fully assembled by railway, road, and sea transport.
The Fast Engineering heat exchanger design has
low pressure drop, maximum specific surface for heat exchanging in unit
volume of cylindrical equipment and can carry out the heat exchanging process
at high temperatures (up to 1,000°C) and in high temperature and pressure
drops of heat exchange mediums.
Taking into account the above, the new designs
are highly prospective both for reconstruction of existing plants for hydrogen
production and construction of new ones.
For additional information, contact: Dr. Dmitri
Astanovsky, Vice President, Fast Engineering, Ltd., Novocheremushkinskaya
Ul.21-1-191. Phone/Fax: +7.095.718.8196. Fax: +7.095.718.8196. E-mail: [email protected].
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