Johnson Matthey’s CATACELJM SSR installation team will be logging plenty of air miles in August.
The team will charge reformer tubes at a facility in Brazil, and then will head to France to do the same again. These two new installations bring to five the number of countries where CATACELJMSSR is now being used in steam methane reformers – Brazil, France, Turkey, Mexico, and the United States – with several more plants in the pipeline.
Loaded in place of typical ceramic pellet catalyst, CATACELJMSSR has unique metal foil supports which are designed to increase heat transfer from reformer furnace to reaction bed without increasing pressure drop. Often, pressure drop can be decreased, even where substantial increases in heat transfer are realized.
The CATACELJM SSR process intensification enables plant operators to capture one of two very compelling values: either sharp reduction in trim fuel consumption (20-25% is typical) or an immediate uprating of the plant to produce 20-25% additional syngas. The uprate benefit is extremely compelling when compared to the costs of alternative methods to increase syngas supply.
CATACELJMSSR installs quickly and safely, usually taking 25-30 minutes per tube. CATACELJMSSR fans are pre-assembled onto load-bearing rods, and are inserted into the tubes and expanded into place with special tools developed at the Johnson Matthey Catacel Technology Center in Ravenna, Ohio. Once in place, CATACELJMSSR assures the absence of failure modes that often plague ceramic pellet-based catalysts, such as fracturing, attrition, and bridging which can lead to hot spots in the tube and early tube failure.
Whether economic value is taken in the form of decreased trim fuel consumption or increased syngas throughput, the increased reaction surface area of catalyst-coated CATACELJMSSR fans assures long service life and catalytic activity.