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HyCO Plants

A typical modern hydrogen-producing plant using natural gas as primary feedstock converts the natural gas in a steam methane reformer to syngas, which is a mixture primarily of H2 and CO. The CO is then converted into additional H2 and CO2 in Water-Shift reactors. When recovery and sequestration of CO2 are required, further processing purifies the syngas by removing CO2 via a CO2 absorber. There are several streams that are typically analyzed in real-time during hydrogen manufacturing, and the analysis results form the basis for controlling and optimizing the main process units. Although most of the streams are relatively easy to analyze using traditional on-line analyzer techniques, in some cases steam content and the process conditions are severe enough to require special sample conditioning techniques. The Optograf™ Gas Analyzer and integrated sampling interfaces address these sampling challenges.

Typical HyCO Plant

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Application Notes
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  Stream Service Key Measurement
Application Note  
0 HyCO Production Analytics Overview   HY0
1 Natural Gas Feed to Primary Reformer Carbon Number HY1
2 Fuel Gas to Reformer Furnaces BTU HY2
3 Raw Syngas - Primary Reformer Outlet Composition / CH4 HY3
4 Raw Syngas - Secondary Reformer Outlet Composition / CO HY4
5 High Temperature Shift Converter Outlet Composition / CO HY5
6 Low Temperature Shift Converter Outlet Composition / CO2 HY6
7 CO2 Absorber Outlet Feed to PSA Composition / CO2 HY7
8 PSA Unit H2 Stream Composition / H2 / N2 HY8
9 CO2 Recovery Stream from CO2 Absorber Unit CH4 Leakage HY9