Overview of Hydrogen, Ammonia and Methanol Plants
Methanol, ammonia and hydrogen plants all produce crucial materials for the agriculture, manufacturing and energy sectors and other industries. While they have their differences, all these plants rely on high pressure and high temperatures to produce chemical reactions to create products.
Most of these plants use steam methane reformers (SMR) as part of their production. They create synthesis gas, also known as syngas, which is then used in hydrogen production and in methanol and ammonia synthesis.
The similarities between these plants and the equipment they use are significant enough that it is possible to convert a methanol plant into an ammonia plant or a methanol facility into an ammonia facility. It may also be possible to use similar equipment to upgrade your plant.
Using a methanol synthesis loop, methanol plants produce methanol by reacting carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide with hydrogen. In most methanol plants, the process involves purifying the feed, processing syngas, reacting the gas stream with oxygen, and processing gas. The procedure also includes methanol synthesis and distillation.
Methanol plants rely heavily on synthesis gas compressors. They may also be able to create a saturated solution of ammonia in methanol for industrial and other applications.
Hydrogen is an important part of refining petroleum, and the energy industry relies on hydrogen plants to provide this chemical.
Carbon monoxide and hydrogen are created in hydrogen plants by reacting syngas and steam in a process known as steam-methane reforming. Hydrogen plants use high-temperature steam and high pressure to separate hydrogen atoms in methane. The plants then remove impurities using the “pressure-swing absorption” process.
Ammonia plants produce ammonia by synthesizing hydrogen and nitrogen in a 3:1 ratio, using what is known as the Haber-Bosch process. During this procedure, high pressure and high temperatures create a chemical reaction that produces ammonia. Most plants use steam methane reformers, feed purification and carbon dioxide removal as part of the process. The resulting product is often used as fertilizer or to make specific types of fertilizers.
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