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Modular Gas to Chemicals Reactor
Project Number
SC0019968
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Goal

The overall objective of this project is to develop a scalable catalyst-membrane reactor to address conversion and coking technical challenges thereby dramatically improving the commercialization potential.

Performer(s)

Technology Holding, LLC, West Valley City, UT 84119

Collaborators:
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401
 

Background

Technology Holding LLC proposes to demonstrate a cost-effective modular reactor to convert natural gas to benzene at smaller scales operated in fuel cell mode. The objective of the proposed project is to demonstrate the feasibility of a combined catalyst-membrane scheme to yield high single-pass conversion and significantly reduce coking. The proposed innovation does not require oxygen or air as reactants thereby enabling smaller-scale economies of operation. Prior work by the proposing team has identified a resilient catalyst and a thermochemically stable, inexpensive, high flux, high selectivity hydrogen transport ceramic membrane. The initial laboratory-scale technical feasibility of a combined catalyst-membrane reactor to yield supra-equilibrium conversion has been demonstrated.

Impact

Upon successful commercialization, the proposed innovation will help reduce or eliminate gas flaring, improve domestic production of value-added chemicals, and help create domestic jobs.

Accomplishments (most recent listed first)
  • A cheaper and more robust catalyst has been developed 
  • A highly conductive membrane and initial reactor architecture has been developed
  • An initial process system model has been created
  • Rough order of magnitude process economics has been established
  • Substantial interest from a number of energy and chemicals companies
     
Current Status

The project is progressing as per the technical work plan. The team has established baselines for catalyst performance and membrane performance. Catalyst and membrane integration is in progress. 

Project Start
Project End
DOE Contribution

$1,340,365

Performer Contribution

$0

Contact Information

NETL — Eric Smistad (eric.smistad@netl.doe.gov or 281-494-2619)
Technology Holding, LLC — Karanjikar Mukund (mukund@tekholding.com or 801-557-5923)