Real-time hydrogen monitoring in syngas helps avoid deadly leaks

The production and use of synthesis gas, also known as syngas, is growing rapidly throughout the world, particularly where gasification can be used to produce high value products from low value feedstocks. There is also increasing emphasis on reducing emissions by converting flare, waste gas, and associated gas to valuable syngas products such as methanol or energy.

Syngas is composed mainly of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, with carbon dioxide sometimes also present. There are various methods of producing syngas, such as gasification from different feedstocks (coal, natural gas, or biomass/waste products), partial oxidation, steam methane reforming, or autothermal reforming. It is widely used in fermentation and pyrolysis procedures and is applied in various fields such as energy generation, fertiliser, and the chemical industry. A novel use of syngas is to directly power hydrogen fuel cells.

Monitoring challenge: Detecting hydrogen In presence of carbon monoxide

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