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Compact Fischer Tropsch

Fischer Tropsch (Fischer Tropsch) is a process for synthesis of fuels from carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Fischer Tropsch synthesis is a polymerization process where a CHX species is added to a growing aliphatic chain. There are several models of the catalytic chain propagation rate and the termination of the chain growth (e.g. Anderson – Schulz – Flory model). The exact methodology for the surface catalyzed formation and termination of the hydrocarbon chain is still a matter for study. Most Fischer Tropsch facilities built today are very large, expensive facilities that entail large capital expenditures and associated risk.

Ceramatec has a compact, transportable fixed bed Fischer Tropsch process. This process has also been proven at a laboratory scale and operated for substantial periods of time.

In the traditional Fischer Tropsch method, synthesis gas (i.e. a mixture of CO and H2) is reacted in the presence of either iron or cobalt-based catalysts, to produce paraffinic hydrocarbons, containing typically up to 50 carbon atoms in their molecules, along with small amounts of oxygenates and olefins. Fischer Tropsch reaction pressures are higher than atmospheric (i.e.15-40 atmospheres pressure). These reactions are highly exothermic and temperatures throughout the Fischer Tropsch catalytic bed must be maintained at a relatively even and low (230 -250 OC) temperature to insure the formation of the desired longer chain hydrocarbons.

Fe based Fischer Tropsch catalyst

Fe based Fischer Tropsch catalyst on alumina support prepared at Ceramatec

Compact fixed bed Fischer Tropsch unit

Ceramatec currently operates a laboratory scale Fischer Tropsch reactor system sized to produce 0.1 to 1.0 liters per day of Fischer Tropsch liquids from synthesis gas (syngas). The Fischer Tropsch system has been proven with the in-house prepared Fischer Tropsch catalyst using syngas which was in turn produced by plasma steam reforming of natural gas. The syngas is released to the reactor tubes at a regulated pressure and rate in the range 20-30 bar and 2-5 slpm per tube. Under DOD funding Ceramatec has installed a two stage syngas compression system that stores the syngas at pressure in tanks.

liquid hydrocarbon product of compact Fischer Tropsch

Liquid hydrocarbon product synthesized by our compact F-T process

First stage syngas compressor

syngas compressor

Syngas Storage; 2nd Compressor

syngas storage