Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/146598
Title:
Production of Natural Gas from Algae Plant Design
Author:
Kryger, Kyle Wesley
Issue Date:
May-2010
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The goal of the project is to design a plant that is capable of converting an algae feedstock into compressed natural gas (CNG). This product is intended to be sold as a green replacement for CNG produced using traditional methods. In addition to CNG, hydrogen gas is produced; this product will be sold as a biofuel as well. The CNG produced in this process is created by gasifying algae in supercritical water and then reacting the algal matter over an Ru/C catalyst. The resulting gas is then purified and compressed to produce CNG and hydrogen. A process hazard analysis was conducted to identify and help reduce safety and environmental hazards. An economic analysis showed that the plant's net present value is ($37.5 million); therefore, it was not recommended that the plant be built at this time. Future work includes developing a cheap Ru/zirconia catalyst to replace the expensive Ru/C catalyst currently used in the process. Designs for vessels containing supercritical fluids should also be evaluated to find ways to minimize purchase and installation cost. In addition, pilot scale testing of specific pieces of equipment is required to ensure innovations included in the design function as expected.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Chemical Engineering
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.titleProduction of Natural Gas from Algae Plant Designen_US
dc.creatorKryger, Kyle Wesleyen_US
dc.contributor.authorKryger, Kyle Wesleyen_US
dc.date.issued2010-05-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe goal of the project is to design a plant that is capable of converting an algae feedstock into compressed natural gas (CNG). This product is intended to be sold as a green replacement for CNG produced using traditional methods. In addition to CNG, hydrogen gas is produced; this product will be sold as a biofuel as well. The CNG produced in this process is created by gasifying algae in supercritical water and then reacting the algal matter over an Ru/C catalyst. The resulting gas is then purified and compressed to produce CNG and hydrogen. A process hazard analysis was conducted to identify and help reduce safety and environmental hazards. An economic analysis showed that the plant's net present value is ($37.5 million); therefore, it was not recommended that the plant be built at this time. Future work includes developing a cheap Ru/zirconia catalyst to replace the expensive Ru/C catalyst currently used in the process. Designs for vessels containing supercritical fluids should also be evaluated to find ways to minimize purchase and installation cost. In addition, pilot scale testing of specific pieces of equipment is required to ensure innovations included in the design function as expected.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineChemical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
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