Reduce fuel consumption by replacing your catalyst with SSR


21/11/2012

 

When you replace your traditional ceramic-supported catalysts with Catacel structured metal foil SSR, you can reduce fuel use when operating your reformer at normal rates, or even increase syngas production beyond 100 percent rated capacity.
 

Higher heat transfer


SSR’s higher heat transfer means that more of the heat from the reformer furnace is transferred through the reaction bed. As a result, the heat inside the reactor tubes can be sustained with less combustion in the furnace, saving fuel. Lower furnace temperatures also increase reformer tube and catalyst service life.

 

Durability


Catacel materials last longer than conventional catalysts. They do not crush, fracture or pulverize the way ceramic catalysts do, and have the potential to deliver years of additional activity.
 

For example, one plant operator switched to Catacel SSR catalysts to produce hydrogen syngas in a steam methane reformer. The company was able to lower operating temperature by up to 70 degrees Celsius, using about 30 percent less fuel than before. Based on the reduced fuel cost alone, return on investment was estimated to be two years.
 

Even greater savings can be realized for a reformer designed to use Catacel catalysts. With up to 2.5 times the surface area of conventional catalysts, capacity can be attained with fewer or shorter tubes, resulting in a more compact design and more efficient use of fuel.

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