Partial oxidation of methane to syngas with electric heating
The project aims to develop technology to reduce Canada's environmental impact with respect to methane emissions be it due to landfill gas, bio-gas, gas from municipal waste water treatment and in particular natural gas from oil-field operations (flaring). After the gas is cleaned of impurities like sulfur compounds or siloxanes, in the gas of landfill, the most economical process partially oxidizes the methane to form syngas, which is a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Various options follow this step including making ammonia, methanol, ethylene, and in our case, diesel like hydrocarbons. The syngas step accounts for 60 % of the investment cost. Our process reduces this cost by a factor by electrifying the reactor, which produces heat to bring the unit up to the light off temperature rather than burning methane to do it.