MOSCOW (MRC) – Clariant announced the launch of a new generation of high-performance catalysts for the steam reforming process in the production of hydrogen, ammonia and methanol, said the company on its site.
The new ReforMax 330 LDP Plus and ReforMax 210 LDP Plus catalysts are designed with a unique 8-hole flower-like configuration that ensures a low-pressure drop in the tubular reforming reactor while offering catalyst activity and selectivity.
Steam reforming is a principal industrial process used to manufacture synthesis gas (syngas) as required for the production of hydrogen, ammonia and methanol. The heart of the process is the tubular steam reformer where hydrocarbon feed, such as methane, reacts catalytically with steam to form a mixture of hydrogen, carbon oxide and carbon dioxide (syngas). The shape of the catalyst used for primary reforming plays a key role in the catalyst’s activity, heat transfer, pressure drop and physical strength.
“The new ReforMax LDP Plus catalysts offer optimized shape parameters," the company said in a press release. “They build on Clariant’s previous ReforMax LDP series, which is commercially proven to be highly effective for any condition of process feed and design. However, compared to its 10-hole predecessor, the new 8-hole ‘floral’ design of ReforMax LDP Plus allows a pressure drop decrease of up to 20%. This allows plant operators to reduce energy costs and/or increase the reformer gas throughput in existing plants."
"Clariant’s ReforMax LDP Plus catalysts are proof that you can make an excellent product even better,” said Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President & General Manager Business Unit Catalysts at Clariant. “In this case, our relentless commitment to innovation will allow our customers in the ammonia, nitrogen and methanol industries to enjoy even greater efficiency and productivity in their processes."
Clariant AG is a Swiss chemical company and a world leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the textile, printing, mining and metallurgical industries. It is engaged in processing crude oil products in pigments, plastics and paints. Clariant India has local masterbatch production activities at Rania, Kalol and Nandesari (Gujarat) and Vashere (Maharashtra) sites in India.