Clariant, Shanghai Huaxi partner hydrogen production projects in China
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Clariant, Shanghai Huaxi partner on hydrogen projects in China

4:27 AM, 5th February 2018
Clariant, Shanghai Huaxi partner on hydrogen production projects in China
First row (left to right): Alix Jiang, business director, Shanghai Huaxi; Zhiyuan Ji, general manager of Shanghai Huaxi; Thomas Wenger, head of Clariant BU catalysts, China, Kevin Chen, head of market segment methanol/hydrogen, Clariant BU catalysts.

SHANGHAI, CHINA: Clariant International Ltd said that its catalysts business unit has formed a strategic alliance with Shanghai Huaxi Chemical Industry Science & Technology Co Ltd, regarding hydrogen production projects in China.

According to the agreement, Clariant's catalysts will be qualified and recommended for Shanghai Huaxi's medium temperature shift (MTS) process licenses. Clariant will provide a range of catalysts for reforming, hydrodesulfurization, and the water gas shift process. The deal combines Shanghai Huaxi's advanced process technology with Clariant's state-of-the-art catalysts to provide a highly efficient and economical solution for hydrogen producers.

Shanghai Huaxi is a leading chemistry and technology enterprise with extensive experience in hydrogen production. The company’s sophisticated hydrogen production technology increases production rate per unit of raw feedstock while decreasing overall energy consumption. Furthermore, the process reduces manufacturing and equipment costs by simplifying MTS inlet temperature control and waste heat boiler (WHB) design.

Clariant brings a long history in hydrogen production to the partnership, along with highly active catalysts and adsorbents designed to maximize productivity and efficiency. As per the agreement, Shanghai Huaxi will recommend Clariant's ReforMax series catalysts for the reforming process, and HDMax series catalysts for the hydrodesulfurization of the feed stream. For the water gas shift process, Shanghai Huaxi will endorse Clariant's high-performance ShiftMax 300 catalyst in all awarded projects.

ShiftMax 300 is a copper/zinc medium temperature shift (MTS) catalyst with highly dispersed and extremely stable copper crystallites. The catalyst's unique design ensures high reaction rates at low temperatures such as 185°C, as well as an excellent performance at low steam-to-carbon ratios. Thanks to its high copper content and optimized dispersion properties, ShiftMax 300 offers high sulfur resistance without affecting catalyst activity.

The catalyst's robust domed structure and the special calcination procedure ensure outstanding thermal stability at elevated temperatures of up to 325°C, as well as a steady pressure drop. Together, these features make ShiftMax 300 ideally suited for water-gas shift reaction conditions.

"At Shanghai Huaxi, we are always looking for ways to further boost the benefits of our hydrogen production technologies. With Clariant, we have found the right partner to do so. Their catalysts perfectly complement and enhance our processes, so that we can offer even greater efficiency to hydrogen producers with more value," said Zhiyuan Ji, general manager of Shanghai Huaxi Chemical Industry Science & Technology Co Ltd.

"Earlier in 2017, Shanghai Huaxi and Clariant agreed to collaborate in several new hydrogen projects. Now, we are very pleased to be intensifying our partnership with such an experienced industry leader. Our combined strengths in MTS hydrogen production, and an equal commitment to service will bring significant advantages to Chinese customers," added Thomas Wenger, head of business unit catalysts at Clariant in China.

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