Linde develops new synthesis gas production process

Linde develops new synthesis gas production process

5:23 AM, 16th October 2015
Linde develops new synthesis gas production process
The Linde pilot reformer will be used to refine steam reforming technology for the production of synthesis gas a mixture consisting of hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO).

MUNICH, GERMANY: Linde Group said it officially opened the new Linde pilot reformer research facility at Pullach near Munich – Linde’s largest location worldwide. It invested approximately €5 million to expand Pullach’s research and development capacity.

If the dry reforming pilot proves successful, there are plans to commercialise the process when the funded project comes to an end in 2017 and build a reference plant for a Linde customer.

The Linde pilot reformer will be used to refine steam reforming technology for the production of synthesis gas a mixture consisting of hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO). The carbon feedstock for synthesis gas can be in the form of natural gas, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), naphtha or even carbon dioxide (CO2).

“The official opening of the pilot reformer provides further proof of our customer-centric approach to development,” said Dr Wolfgang Buchele, chief executive officer, Linde AG.

“Linde intends to use this pilot facility to test and optimise all kinds of approaches to reforming. The insights we gain will help us further improve reforming processes and concepts for our customers,” said Dr Christian Bruch, member of the executive board of Linde AG, responsible for technology and innovation as well as the engineering division.

Tests in the pilot reformer are currently focused on the dry reforming. This innovative process was developed by Linde in cooperation with its partners BASF and hte (responsible for catalyst development), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology / KIT (responsible for simulations) and DECHEMA (supplier of materials). The pilot project has been awarded funding by the German ministry for economic affairs and energy (BMWi) of just under €1 million.

The production of synthesis gas (a mixture of H2 and CO) through dry reforming of natural gas means that carbon dioxide (CO2) can be used on an industrial scale as an economical feedstock. The process is also significantly more energy efficient than the conventional method of reforming. The synthesis gas can be used to produce valuable downstream products such as base chemicals or fuels.

The dry reforming process also offers cost efficiencies which would be of particular interest to small and medium-sized plants.

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