Preliminary design of a vacuum pressure swing adsorption process for natural gas upgrading based on amino-functionalized MIL-53

P. Serra-Crespo, T.A. Wezendonk, C. Bach-Samario, N. Sundar, K. Verouden, M. Zweemer, J. Gascon, Henderikus van den Berg, F. Kapteijn

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Abstract

A preliminary study based on a conceptual process design methodology that includes a technical evaluation and an economic study has been carried out for the use of the metal-organic framework NH2-MIL-53(Al) as adsorbent for the separation of carbon dioxide from methane. Among the alternatives considered, a vacuum pressure swing adsorption was chosen in the detailed design phase. The combination of a design with columns in parallel and the possibility of recirculating some of the streams ensures a high degree of separation and a final product with high quality without compromising the operation costs. A comparison with the state-of-the-art technology, amine scrubbing, and with a process based on membranes demonstrates that the proposed process is competitive as a result of its low operation costs and the energy demand
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1183-1194
Number of pages12
JournalChemical engineering and technology
Volume38
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • METIS-311275
  • IR-97559

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