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Optimising Methanol Production from Steel Manufacture Off-gases
The aim of this project conducted in collaboration with Tata Steel (UK), Johnson Matthey and SWERIM (Sweden) is to conduct a systematic experimental campaign along with sophisticated process simulation to investigate the catalytic reaction kinetics and process economics for optimising methanol production from Blast Furnace Gas (BFG) in the iron and steel industries. The overall project objectives, spanning 15 months are summarised as follows: 1) To investigate the effect of feed gas CO/CO2/H2 ratio and stream impurities relevant to residual steel gases including N2, Ar, CH4, NH3 & H2O on the methanol production process using selected catalysts; 2) To study catalyst degradation, including morphology and composition following exposure to the BFG reaction environment using a range of analytical techniques; 3) To construct and validate a catalytic reaction mechanism describing methanol synthesis from BFG; 4) To assess the impact of catalyst and chemical reactor selection on methanol synthesis from BFG; 5) To perform techno-economic simulations for assessing the cost of methanol production from BFG.
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