Is there risk using SSR?



For years, Catacel catalysts have repeatedly been proven safe, reliable and durable in hydrogen production applications such as large auxiliary power fuel cells and other high-value, critical fuel processing systems.

Now that SSR catalysts are gaining traction with commercial-scale hydrogen production, plant operators are understandably interested in how SSR differs from ceramic pellet catalysts and whether the differentiation results in a technology they can trust in their expensive and essential hydrogen plants. Fortunately, every data point and plant reference points to the answer being an unqualified “yes.”

How can you be sure your plant will operate safely with Catacel catalysts?

  • Catacel SSR catalysts are already being used safely in steam methane reformer plants, and the change-outs have gone without glitches.  Old SSR catalysts have been removed easily from reformer tubes after years of operation.
  • Catacel SSR media is designed to be a direct substitute for ceramic pellets. They install easily in your existing reformer tubes, with no need for equipment modifications of any kind.
  • At present, Catacel personally oversee the change-out and the start-up of each plant to make sure the work is done correctly. As SSR becomes more widely adopted, we plan to train and license reactor service companies to do the work safely.
  • We can make your plant safer by allowing the reformer itself to operate at lower temperatures and without causing bridging or hotspots in tubes that can rupture.
  • SSR catalysts require no initial pressure balancing and they perform consistently over the life of the plant. 


We will continue to share news that will provide further reassurance about the value and safety of Catacel catalysts in steam methane reformers. So even if you are still unconvinced, this is a great time to start a discussion with us. Contact us to find out how much plant expense you can save by switching to SSR catalysts.


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