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November 1, 2014
Last month, NET Power, LLC (Durham, N.C.; announced the completion of major project agreements for its first-of-a-kind power plant — a 50-MWth demonstration plant that will validate the world’s first natural-gas power generation system that produces no air emissions, and includes full CO2 capture without requiring expensive, efficiency-reducing carbon-capture equipment. The...
September 1, 2014
Water and wastewater treatment are extremely important at liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and other industries that are blossoming due to the shale-gas boom. Engineering concerns are similar to those of other industrial water-treatment and power-generation systems, but with the added issue of adequate treatment for entrained hydrocarbons. With proper system design and operation, plant personnel can...
May 1, 2014
The first phase of a study on the feasibility of producing methane from CO2 has been completed by Hitachi Zosen Corp. (Tokyo; and Daiki Ataka Engineering Co. (Daiki Ataka) a subsidy of Hitachi Zosen, in collaboration with PTT Exploring and Production Public Co. (Thailand). The companies have been collaborating since 2012 to develop a methanation process to convert CO2, which is generated...
May 1, 2013
Two new coating products for sand proppants used in hydraulic fracturing operations in the oil and gas industry overcome the challenges of traditional phenolic coatings, which can leach environmentally hazardous chemicals. The coatings, developed by Preferred Sands LLC (Radnor, Pa.;, are based on a specialized polyurethane developed over the past three years with partner The Dow...
March 1, 2013
Conventional methanation — the reaction of CO and H2 (synthesis gas) to form methane — has recently become important as a way to produce substitute natural gas (SNG) from gasified coal in regions of the world where natural gas is scarce (see Chem. Eng., August 2010, pp. 14–17). Now, an alternative methanation process, which produces CH4 directly from CO2 and H2, has been developed by...
January 1, 2013
Under an ARPA contract Gas Technology Institute (GTI, Des Plaines, Ill.; is developing a process to convert natural gas directly into methanol and hydrogen. The process is much simpler and more efficient than the...
August 1, 2012
Last month, Solvay Group (Brussels, Belgium; unveiled a methane recovery system (the MaRS Project) that captures methane liberated by mining trona ore (trisodium hydrogendicarbonate dihydrate), and pipes the gas to nearby processing facilities as a fuel for process heating. Sodium carbonate, a key ingredient in making glass, soap, paper and other products, is the major component recovered...
July 1, 2012
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI; Tokyo, Japan; will begin developing basic technologies for a triple combined-cycle power-generation system that integrates solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and a gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power generation system. Under the umbrella of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), the company will launch a two-year study...

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