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Hydrocarbon feedstocks are converted into synthesis gas in a two-stage process comprising an initial steam reforming step followed by final conversion to synthesis gas in a mixed conducting membrane reactor. The steam reforming step converts a portion of the methane into synthesis gas and converts essentially all of the hydrocarbons heavier than methane into methane, hydrogen, and carbon oxides. The steam reforming step produces an intermediate feed stream containing methane, hydrogen, carbon oxides, and steam which can be processed without operating problems in a mixed conducting membrane reactor. The steam reforming and mixed conducting membrane reactors can be heat-integrated for maximum operating efficiency and produce synthesis gas with compositions suitable for a variety of final products.

Title
Production of synthesis gas by mixed conducting membranes
Application Number
8/997642
Publication Number
6048472
Application Date
December 23, 1997
Publication Date
April 11, 2000
Inventor
Steven Lee Russek
Allentown
PA, US
Robert Byron Moore
Allentown
PA, US
Shankar Nataraj
Allentown
PA, US
Agent
John M Fernbacher
Assignee
Air Products and Chemicals
PA, US
IPC
B01D 53/22
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