I D
× COMMENTARYCOVER STORYIN THE NEWSNEWSFRONTSCHEMENTATOR + Show More
Chemical EngineeringChementator Briefs
Biomethane Last month, NextChem, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.…
BUSINESS NEWSTECHNICAL & PRACTICALTOWER DOCTORFEATURE REPORTFACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPSENGINEERING PRACTICEENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEREQUIPMENT & SERVICESFOCUSSHOW PREVIEWSDEPARTMENTSCHEM CHRONICLES

Comment uncategorized

A microwave-plasma process that efficiently makes hydrogen and acetylene

By Mary Page Bailey |

A new modular process based on microwave-plasma reactors aims to efficiently convert natural gas into acetylene and H2 without combustion or CO2 formation. Transform Materials LLC (Riviera Beach, Fla.; www.transformmaterials.com) has designed a reactor that overcomes some of the previous limitations of microwave-plasma-based methane processing, such as low single-pass conversion and low selectivity. “Our technology is singularly high in both conversion and selectivity. In addition, our process consumes approximately an order of magnitude less energy to process a fixed amount of methane,” explains David Soane, Transform Materials CEO. Furthermore, the high single-pass conversion rates allow for a more compact reactor and overall simpler operations. “High-selectivity transformation into the desired coproducts of acetylene and hydrogen means that the requisite downstream separation process is straightforward,” says Soane. He adds that the company has also made significant breakthroughs in removing minor amounts of byproduct impurities from the reactor effluent. “Our compact system favors distributed manufacturing. Future commercial plants can be installed where the natural gas feed exists and where there is local demand for…
Related Content

Chemical Engineering publishes FREE eletters that bring our original content to our readers in an easily accessible email format about once a week.
Subscribe Now
GMP In The Cosmetic Industry
Solve turbomachinery problems: Miba Tilting Pad Bearings
Six Steps to Designing a Storage Vessel That Really Works
SICK Solutions for Cleaner Industries - Powerful Transitions
Gain a Digital Line of Sight Across the Whole Lifecycle of the Plant with a Digital Twin

View More