Process design and techno-economic analysis of dual hydrogen and methanol production from plastics using energy integrated system

Ali A. Al-Qadri, Usama Ahmed*, Abdul Gani Abdul Jameel, Nabeel Ahmad, Umer Zahid, Sharif H. Zein, Salman Raza Naqvi

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Abstract

This study has been dedicated towards the conversion of plastics to methanol and hydrogen. The base design (case 1) represents the conventional design for producing syngas via steam gasification of waste plastics followed by CO2 and H₂S removal. The syngas then processed in the methanol synthesis reactor to produce methanol, whereas, the remaining unconverted gases are processed in water gas shift reactors to produce hydrogen. On the other hand, an alternative design (case 2) has been also developed with an aim to increase the H2 and methanol production, which integrates the plastic gasification and the methane reforming units to utilize the high energy stream from gasification unit to heat up the feed stream of reforming unit. Both the cases have been techno-economically compared to evaluate the process feasibility. The comparative analysis revealed that case 2 outperforms the case 1 in terms of both process efficiency and economics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10797-10811
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume48
Issue number29
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 Apr 2023

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Keywords

  • Economic analysis
  • Gasification
  • Methanol production
  • SMR
  • Technical analysis
  • Waste plastic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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