Hydrogen generation benchmark – Novel SMR catalyst for lower-cost hydrogen production


In 2008, a 250m3/hr hydrogen plant was constructed in Europe to supply a Borcelik steel facility with hydrogen (H2) for annealer and coating line operations.

Unique was the plant’s utilisation of a novel catalyst-coated metal foil structure developed by Catacel Corporation (Garrettsville, Ohio, US) in place of catalyst-impregnated ceramic pellets, to sustain Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) processes.

Expected performance was achieved at start-up on 24th July 2008, with minimal correction; reactions were observed to operate at exact equilibrium. As anticipated, furnace temperatures registered lower than a comparable older plant operating at the Borcelik location with conventional ceramic media.

Shortly thereafter, the old plant was shutdown when the new plant demonstrated sufficient hydrogen yield to sustain all necessary operations.

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