New study on the production of sustainable methanol using membrane reactors.

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In a new paper in the journal Advanced Sustainable Systems, titled "Performance Requirements of Membrane Reactors for the Application in Renewable Methanol Synthesis: A Techno-Economic Assessment," researchers from the Department of Energy Systems look at the production of renewable methanol using membrane reactors.

Schematics of MR model
Schematic representation of the membrane reactor model

For this purpose, a 1-D Python model of the membrane reactor was coupled with the Aspen Plus process simulation software and parameter studies were performed. Subsequently, the results were used in a techno-economic evaluation. The results illustrate that membrane reactors can reduce costs in methanol synthesis, but for this purpose, hydrogen permeance must be kept low and high water permeance must be achieved. In addition, the membrane must cost less than 1000€ per m² for lifetimes of about 2 years.

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