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Chementator: A new gasifier slated for its commercial debut

By Gerald Ondrey |

Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; www.uhde.biz) has commercialized a new gasifier design, the Prenflo (pressurized entrained-flow) with Direct Quench (PDQ) process, which is an optimized design of its Prenflo PSG gasification process for applications requiring hydrogen-rich syngas generation (ammonia, methanol, H2, liquid fuels and IGCC power plants with carbon capture and storage). PDQ combines the dry feed system, multiburners and membrane wall of the Prenflo PSG process with a proprietary water-quench system that saturates the raw syngas with water for subsequent gas treatment to generate syngas-based products, such as H2, liquid fuels or chemicals. Because the quench occurs in the same reactor vessel with water (instead of gas), capital-intensive systems, such as a waste-heat boiler, a dry fly-ash removal system and a quench-gas compressor are no longer required, says Karsten Radtke, head of gas technologies at Uhde. Investment costs are thus reduced by 30%, he says. As in the PSG process, the PDQ process (diagram) converts coal powder into syngas (mainly H2 and CO) at a pressure of 40 bars and a temperature of over 1,500°C using O2 and steam as the gasifying agent. The hot gas is then quenched to about 200–250°C by…
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