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Fundamentals of methanol synthesis - …

2.5 Figure 1 of the application as filed, "schematically illustrating one example of a plant for manufacturing methanol according to the present invention" (page 4, lines 26 to 28; emphasis added), shows a complex arrangement of machinery and piping. Having regard to Figure 1, the board observes that present claim 1 is not restricted to the method schematically illustrated in said figure, since the latter shows many features (e.g. unit operations such as heat exchanges) which are not referred to in claim 1. On the other hand, the schematic Figure 1 and its textual description actually do not show or refer to a unit for recovering carbon dioxide by absorption from the synthesis gas, known as such (see point 2.4 above). However, Figure 1 and its textual description do not exclude the provision of such a unit, if necessary or desired, and it cannot be deduced therefrom that the absence of the specific features excluded from claim 1 was mandatory in a process as schematically illustrated by Figure 1.

Methanol can be found in a wide array of products used in our homes, cars and businesses:

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The Linde isothermal reactor was developed for exothermic reactions and steam generation based on our special wound heat exchangers. The isothermal reactor is a fixed bed reactor with indirect heat exchange that is suitable for both endothermic and exothermic catalytic reactions. This reactor provides the benefits of a tube reactor while simultaneously avoiding the heat tension problems of a straight tube reactor. The results are higher outputs, a longer catalyst lifetime, fewer by-products, efficient heat recovery, and lower reaction costs. The Linde isothermal reactor is in operation globally in more than 19 plants including eight methanol plants.

Many large-scale methanol plants have upstream syngas generating plants to produce a dedicated feedstock of syngas for methanol synthesis. A large scale "green field" methanol plant ideally has two-stage synthesis gas production. A steam reformer or gas-heated reformer is suitable for the first step of syngas production. The second stage uses oxygen to produce syngas with the ideal hydrogen/carbon monoxide ratio to limit the loss of purge gas. The combination of a gas-heated reformer and a secondary reformer with oxygen is called a Tandem reformer and has very low energy consumption.

Enhancement of synthesis gas and methanol production …

Methanol (CH3OH or MeOH) is produced from synthesis gas in Linde’s innovative isothermal reactor. It is a fixed bed reactor where the catalyst directs the reaction heat to a cooling pipe bundle, maintaining an optimal operating temperature for the production of methanol. This design provides higher performance, requires less catalyst, produces fewer byproducts, and benefits from lower costs than alternative technologies.

Synthesis Gas Processes for Methanol Production via …

TOYO’s proprietary methanol synthesis reactor, MRF-Z®, which applies multi-stage, indirect cooling and radial flow type configuration, enables construction of plants equivalent to a capacity of 5000 – 6000 ton/day with a single reaction vessel. To date, TOYO has experience executing 13 methanol projects, both in Japan and abroad.

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The specific features of the reactor with multi-stage and indirect cooling type configuration accomplish energy saving, i.e. efficient recovery of the reaction heat as steam generation. The generated steam is equivalent to about 50% of steam required for steam reforming of the corresponding syngas production for methanol synthesis. Compared with axial flow configuration, the radial flow feature of MRF-Z® reactor realizes reduction of pressure drop over the catalyst bed by about one-tenth and thus it is possible to save energy for recompression of unreacted synthesis gas up to the inlet pressure of the reactor. Furthermore, it is easy to scale-up along with the direction of the reactor height while keeping the size of reactor diameter, i.e. maintaining same pressure drop of the catalyst bed, and thus the possibly largest amount of the catalyst can be loaded in a single reactor vessel.

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In addition, as the operating conditions of the reactor are relatively mild, the life of catalyst can be expected longer and there is also less possibility to have sintering or mechanical deterioration of the catalyst. Maintenance work such as change-over of the catalyst at the end of life is therefore easy and simple. MRF-Z® reactor is employed in 6 projects of the TOYO’s methanol projects to date.