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Monolithic, microchannel and carbon nanofibers/carbon felt reactors for syngas conversion by Fischer-Tropsch syntehesis

Abstract

The present contribution summarizes work carried out on different microstructured reactors in the Catalysis Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology during the last years. The work has involved co-operation with industry (Statoil) as well as foreign groups (University of Karlsruhe). The experimental work covers monolithic reactors made of different materials, microchannel reactors and some recent work using carbon nanofibers/carbon felt (CNF/CF). The summary is focused on syngas conversion by the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, but references to work on methanol and DME production in microreactors are also included. Supported Co-based catalysts are used for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and the results are compared with experiments carried out in a standard fixed-bed reactor using the same type of catalysts. A monolithic/microreactor/catalyst concept for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis offers several possible advantages compared to other Fischer-Tropsch reactors and could be of interest for offshore installations and distributed small scale production.

Category

Academic article

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 208351

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Anders Holmen
  • Hilde Johnsen Venvik
  • Rune Myrstad
  • Jun Zhu
  • De Chen

Affiliation

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Industry / Process Technology

Year

2013

Published in

Catalysis Today

ISSN

0920-5861

Publisher

Elsevier

Volume

216

Page(s)

150 - 157

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