Neue Konvertersysteme für die Methanol-Synthese

K.R. Westerterp, Michal Kuczynski, Theo N. Bodewes, M.S.A. Vrijland

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Far-reaching energy savings in equilibrium reactions requires development not only of better catalysts but also processes with higher conversions in the reactor; wherever possible, so high that recirculation of residual gases is unnecessary. With this aim in mind, two new processes have been developed for methanol production and this paper represents the first report about the second of these processes. The two new reactor concepts are based on the gas/solid/solid-trickling film reactor GSSTFR and the reactor with intermediate product removal RSIPR. In the case of the GSSTFR, the product formed at the catalyst is removed directly from the reactor with a solid adsorbent which moves down through the catalyst bed. Conversions of 100% are achieved in the simplest way - recirculation becomes unnecessary. Savings in investment costs, energy, and raw materials are discussed and compared with the Lurgi process. With the RISPR, high conversions are achieved by selective absorption of the methanol at the temperature of reaction. Tetraethylene glycoldimethylether, TEGDME, is selected as solvent for this purpose. A possible flow scheme is also shown for this process and savings are estimated. Possible savings are so promising that further development on a semi-industrial scale is recommended.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)193-199
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1989


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