Modelling and sequential simulation of multi-tubular metallic membrane and techno-economics of a hydrogen production process employing thin-layer membrane reactor

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/622312
Title:
Modelling and sequential simulation of multi-tubular metallic membrane and techno-economics of a hydrogen production process employing thin-layer membrane reactor
Authors:
Shafiee, Alireza; Arab, Mobin; Lai, Zhiping ( 0000-0001-9555-6009 ) ; Liu, Zongwen; Abbas, Ali
Abstract:
A theoretical model for multi-tubular palladium-based membrane is proposed in this paper and validated against experimental data for two different sized membrane modules that operate at high temperatures. The model is used in a sequential simulation format to describe and analyse pure hydrogen and hydrogen binary mixture separations, and then extended to simulate an industrial scale membrane unit. This model is used as a sub-routine within an ASPEN Plus model to simulate a membrane reactor in a steam reforming hydrogen production plant. A techno-economic analysis is then conducted using the validated model for a plant producing 300 TPD of hydrogen. The plant utilises a thin (2.5 μm) defect-free and selective layer (Pd75Ag25 alloy) membrane reactor. The economic sensitivity analysis results show usefulness in finding the optimum operating condition that achieves minimum hydrogen production cost at break-even point. A hydrogen production cost of 1.98 $/kg is estimated while the cost of the thin-layer selective membrane is found to constitute 29% of total process capital cost. These results indicate the competiveness of this thin-layer membrane process against conventional methods of hydrogen production. © 2016 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC
KAUST Department:
Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Center; Chemical and Biological Engineering Program; Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
Citation:
Shafiee A, Arab M, Lai Z, Liu Z, Abbas A (2016) Modelling and sequential simulation of multi-tubular metallic membrane and techno-economics of a hydrogen production process employing thin-layer membrane reactor. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 41: 19081–19097. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.08.172.
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
KAUST Grant Number:
URF/1/1723
Issue Date:
24-Sep-2016
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.08.172
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0360-3199
Sponsors:
This work is supported in part by a King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST),URF/1/1723 CRG Award.
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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360319916305407
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Articles; Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Center; Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division; Chemical and Biological Engineering Program

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dc.contributor.authorShafiee, Alirezaen
dc.contributor.authorArab, Mobinen
dc.contributor.authorLai, Zhipingen
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Zongwenen
dc.contributor.authorAbbas, Alien
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-02T09:08:25Z-
dc.date.available2017-01-02T09:08:25Z-
dc.date.issued2016-09-24en
dc.identifier.citationShafiee A, Arab M, Lai Z, Liu Z, Abbas A (2016) Modelling and sequential simulation of multi-tubular metallic membrane and techno-economics of a hydrogen production process employing thin-layer membrane reactor. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 41: 19081–19097. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.08.172.en
dc.identifier.issn0360-3199en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.08.172en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/622312-
dc.description.abstractA theoretical model for multi-tubular palladium-based membrane is proposed in this paper and validated against experimental data for two different sized membrane modules that operate at high temperatures. The model is used in a sequential simulation format to describe and analyse pure hydrogen and hydrogen binary mixture separations, and then extended to simulate an industrial scale membrane unit. This model is used as a sub-routine within an ASPEN Plus model to simulate a membrane reactor in a steam reforming hydrogen production plant. A techno-economic analysis is then conducted using the validated model for a plant producing 300 TPD of hydrogen. The plant utilises a thin (2.5 μm) defect-free and selective layer (Pd75Ag25 alloy) membrane reactor. The economic sensitivity analysis results show usefulness in finding the optimum operating condition that achieves minimum hydrogen production cost at break-even point. A hydrogen production cost of 1.98 $/kg is estimated while the cost of the thin-layer selective membrane is found to constitute 29% of total process capital cost. These results indicate the competiveness of this thin-layer membrane process against conventional methods of hydrogen production. © 2016 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLCen
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work is supported in part by a King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST),URF/1/1723 CRG Award.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360319916305407en
dc.subjectGas separationen
dc.subjectHydrogenen
dc.subjectMembrane reactoren
dc.subjectNatural gas reformingen
dc.subjectPalladium membraneen
dc.subjectTechno-economic modellingen
dc.titleModelling and sequential simulation of multi-tubular metallic membrane and techno-economics of a hydrogen production process employing thin-layer membrane reactoren
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentAdvanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Centeren
dc.contributor.departmentChemical and Biological Engineering Programen
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Divisionen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energyen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australiaen
kaust.authorLai, Zhipingen
kaust.grant.numberURF/1/1723en
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