Meshach E. Tabat
Process design, exergy, and economic assessment of a conceptual mobile autothermal methane pyrolysis unit for onsite hydrogen production
Tabat, Meshach E.; Omoarukhe, Fredrick O.; Güleç, Fatih; Adeniyi, Dare E.; Mukherjee, Alivia; Okoye, Patrick U.; Ogbaga, Chukwuma C.; Epelle, Emmanuel I.; Akande, Olugbenga; Okolie, Jude A.
Fredrick O. Omoarukhe
FATIH GULEC FATIH.GULEC1@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Assistant Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Dare E. Adeniyi
Patrick U. Okoye
Chukwuma C. Ogbaga
Emmanuel I. Epelle
Jude A. Okolie
The present study proposes a conceptual mobile autothermal methane pyrolysis unit for onsite hydrogen production. Considering the shortage of hydrogen pipeline infrastructure between production plants and fuelling stations in most places where hydrogen is required, it is imperative to create alternative hydrogen production means. The design combines a catalytic plasma methane pyrolysis unit with a steam char gasification setup, combustion, and biomethanation unit for hydrogen production. The reactor design includes Ni - Br in a bubble column acting as a catalyst. Energy and exergy calculations followed by a comprehensive economic analysis were appraised to evaluate the efficiency and performance of the integrated process. The levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH) from the conceptual design ranged from 1.3 to 1.47 U.S.$/kg, while the proposed design's net present value (NPV) was in the range of 3.76 – 4.35 M.U.S.$. Factors such as equipment purchase cost (EPC) and feedstock cost significantly influenced the NPV and LCOH. In addition, a positive NPV and lower LCOH outline the proposed design's profitability. Finally, an optimized methane conversion of 76.8 % was obtained from the study.
Tabat, M. E., Omoarukhe, F. O., Güleç, F., Adeniyi, D. E., Mukherjee, A., Okoye, P. U., …Okolie, J. A. (2023). Process design, exergy, and economic assessment of a conceptual mobile autothermal methane pyrolysis unit for onsite hydrogen production. Energy Conversion and Management, 278, Article 116707. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2023.116707
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jan 14, 2023|
|Online Publication Date||Jan 23, 2023|
|Publication Date||Feb 15, 2023|
|Deposit Date||Feb 9, 2023|
|Publicly Available Date||Jan 24, 2024|
|Journal||Energy Conversion and Management|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Energy Engineering and Power Technology; Fuel Technology; Nuclear Energy and Engineering; Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment|
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