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Modular Gas to Chemicals Reactor
Project Number
SC0019968
Last Reviewed Dated
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
     
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)