What do a Trash Disposal Site and a Refinery Share in Common

Source: AIChE
  • Type:
    Conference Presentation
  • Conference Type:
    AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
  • Presentation Date:
    April 1, 2014
  • Duration:
    30 minutes
  • Skill Level:
    Intermediate
  • PDHs:
    0.50

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These facts are true about refineries –

  1. They are always short of hydrogen
  2. They are considered by the local community as a toxic site to be controlled, if barely tolerated
  3. The have a preexisting traffic flow pattern of trucks, trains, and pipelines loading off product
  4. The have lots of process utility headers and connections and are zoned for heavy industrial duty and emissions generation.

 These are facts about MSW gasification plants – 

  1. They make syngas which can make hydrogen
  2. They are considered by the local community as a toxic site to be controlled, if barely tolerated
  3. The have a traffic flow pattern of trucks, and maybe trains bringing MSW into the plant and then leaving
  4. They need lots of  process utility headers and connections and would most likely be zoned for heavy industrial duty and emissions 

Mirrored paradigms ??  This paper will discuss details of a proposed parasitic process whereby a mostly MSW–to-syngas plant (augmented with some coke,  resid, slops, and refinery solid waste) can turn a “sow’s ear into a silk purse “, make some additional hydrogen, and keep the local community a bit happier about it all when they eliminate the traditional truck hauls of miles to the nearest dump….if the dump even exists anymore.

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