From working with a number of partners, we have gained broad expertise in steam methane reformation (SMR), Fischer Tropsch (FT) and other dedicated specific process reactors.
Our expertise allows us to tailor the reactor design to the needs of your process. We develop process-specific designs which allow maximum process optimisation in a small footprint.
Chemical reactor applications which Heatric have been involved in include:
In the multiple adiabatic bed PCR (MAB PCR)* we have extended our proven Printed Circuit Heat Exchanger (PCHE) technology to include heterogeneous catalysis.
This effectively separates the functions of heat transfer and chemical reaction, allowing each to be optimised independently with no compromises or conflicts between chemical reaction and heat transfer requirements.
* Patents pending
MAB PCR offers improved selectivity and productivity through:
MAB PCR combines two established technologies - alternating adiabatic catalytic reactor beds and heat exchangers - and is suitable for applications ranging from fuel processing to the production of fine and bulk chemicals
The PCHE cores used for heat exchange are constructed from flat metal plates into which fluid flow channels are chemically etched. These etched plates are then stacked and diffusion bonded, converting them into a solid metal block containing precisely engineered fluid flow passages.
Staged reactant addition and mixing of reactants can be achieved by etching a network of fluid distributor channels into the plates. These perform passage-by-passage mixing of process fluids and uniformly distribute process streams into catalyst beds.
The Heatric MAB PCR design and manufacturing technique offers:
MAB PCR is suitable for:
The Heatric steam methane reforming system
Within the reformer module, special fluid circuitry provides:
Efficient recovery of heat from flue gas and syngas for feed heating, steam raising and pre-reforming provides:
This 5kW SMR fuel processing system is based on a stand-alone stationary fuel cell power generation concept. It will provide a hydrogen rich stream with low enough levels of carbon monoxide for a PEM fuel cell.
It is highly efficient, with mostly passive control built into the hardware. Its construction is robust and durable and it is designed and manufactured generally in accordance with ASME VIII, division I.