Shell, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences to demonstrate new syngas technology in China
Jun 24, 2011
Shell Global Solutions International B.V. (Shell), Shanghai Advanced Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences (SARI-CAS) and Shanxi Lu’An Group (Lu’An) today signed an agreement to jointly demonstrate a novel “dry reforming” technology that can use or recycle methane and CO2 to produce syngas, the key raw material for a wide range of chemical products and fuels.
Novel “dry reforming” technology to produce syngas from methane and CO2
Gerald Schotman, Chief Technology Officer of Royal Dutch Shell plc, said: “I’m pleased to see this major step forward to broaden our partnership with SARI-CAS in R&D and technology demonstration and deployment. This novel technology, once proven successful on a commercial scale, can be an alternative to the classical coal gasification process and create more market opportunities.”
Prof. Sun Yuhan, Vice President of SARI-CAS said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to once again partner with Shell in this joint project. With Lu’An as a new partner, I look forward to a fruitful joint demonstration of this new technology which can play a significant role in China’s future energy and chemicals landscape.”
Liu Bin, Deputy General Manager of Lu’An said: “We are very pleased to cooperate with Shell and SARI-CAS in the catalyst scale-up and engineering research for CO2-CH4 reforming to synthesis gas, and to carry out a demonstration plant of the technology at Lu’An Low Carbon Economy Zone. We anticipate that we can provide a new efficient route to large-scale production of synthesis gas through trilateral cooperation, contributing to the development of coal-based chemical industry.”
The new agreement follows a joint R&D programme run by Shell and the Institute of Coal Chemistry of Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICC-CAS) in 2008 to 2010. The researchers studied the conversion of syngas to higher alcohols, where they saw a mixture of CO2 and methane as side-products.
Using this new “dry reforming” catalyst, which applies nanotechnology, the joint research team recycled these side-products to re-produce syngas. The catalyst stays active for a prolonged period of time, becoming a commercially attractive way to increase the process’ carbon efficiency.
Under this three-party agreement, this technology will undergo a pilot test at a commercial site of Lu’An, before it could be made available to the market.
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