Clariant and Siemens Fuel Gasification Technology have entered into an agreement to cooperate in the commercialisation of a new, jointly developed sour gas shift (SGS) technology for coal gasification, with a strong focus on China.
Under the agreement, Clariant will serve as the exclusive catalyst supplier for all Siemens gasification integrated SGS projects.
Clariant Catalysts Business Unit head Stefan Heuser said that the global cooperation marks an important step in marketing Clariant's innovative catalysts for coal-to-chemical applications.
"With its strong commercialization focus on China, the cooperation supports Clariant's strategy to increase our presence in the growing markets of Asia," Heuser said.
Through optimisation and simplification of total plant concepts, Clariant and Siemens' advanced SGS technology will significantly reduce total capital cost for coal-to-chemical and IGCC applications.
Siemens Fuel Gasification Business Technology head Frank Hannemann said that the advanced technology makes coal to chemical plants more competitive and environmentally friendly.
"This global cooperation enhances the broader acceptance of gasification plants in China and in growing markets around the world," Hannemann said.
The SMS technology for converting coal into chemicals can decrease overall capital expenditures for the shift system by up to 20% while optimising operational costs through a reduction of 30% of the size of the catalyst.
Additionally, the new technique can manage different steam-to-gas ratios and high carbon monoxide content in the gas, thus improving availability and reliability of the whole process.