The first pilot plant is a 1bpd Waste-to-Energy plant where the CHER is used for the highly exothermic Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reaction. The reactor is constructed out of an aluminum core that is housed in a steel vessel (based on Chart’s Core-in-Kettle patented design). The second pilot plant uses a stainless steel CHER for the production of mixed alcohols from syngas. The alcohol production reaction is also highly exothermic and is operated at higher temperatures and pressures than FT.
A comparison between aluminum and stainless steel reactors will be reviewed. Data for the reactions will be presented and the performance of the reactors will be analyzed. Scalability to commercial plants will also be discussed.
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