Project Synopsis

Perform a process alternatives evaluation and subsequent process design to convert syngas to pure hydrogen for a fuel cell research center.

Project Summary


Process Engineering Associates, LLC (PROCESS) was contracted by the client, a project development company serving the power industry, to design a system to convert syngas to pure hydrogen for a university laboratory application they were involved with. The university desired to take a slipstream of syngas produced by the client to produce hydrogen for a fuel cell technology center.

PROCESS investigated several possible ways by which the syngas could be converted to a high purity, medium pressure hydrogen stream.  Ultimately, a two-stage water gas shift reaction system followed by a pressure swing absorber (PSA) was selected and designed.  The reject stream from hydrogen production process was recycled back to the gasification system and used as fuel in the combined cycle section of the system.

PROCESS provided to the client PFDs, P&IDs, equipment sizing calculations, and a capital cost estimate for the hydrogen purification process.

Industry Type

  • Alternative Fuels

Utilized Skills

  • Process design
  • Hydrogen purification

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