NBIF portfolio company Atlantic Hydrogen publishes findings in prestigious journal FUEL

NBIF portfolio company Atlantic Hydrogen publishes findings in prestigious journal FUEL

Stability of acetylene/methane and acetylene/hydrogen/methane gas mixtures at elevated temperatures and pressures
 

J. Bullerwell, A. Kenchenpur and T.K. Whidden

Atlantic Hydrogen Inc., Fredericton, NB, Canada E3B 6E9

Chilworth Technology, Inc., 250 Plainsboro Rd., Bldg. # 7, Plainsboro, NJ 08536, USA

AbstractHydrogen-enriched natural gas (HENG) containing a mixture of acetylene, hydrogen, and methane is produced from natural gas feedstock in our plasma dissociation process. Storage of this HENG fuel at pressures up to 4000 psig is required for rapid vehicle refueling. Little information on the stability of acetylene mixtures at elevated pressures is presently available; therefore we have performed stability testing on gas mixtures that simulate our HENG fuel. This report describes the stability testing of binary gas mixtures of acetylene and methane containing up to 10%(v) acetylene, and a ternary gas mixture of 4%(v) acetylene, 20%(v) hydrogen, and 76%(v) methane, at pressures up to 3600 psig and temperatures up to 200 °C. The mixtures tested were found to be stable to rapid spontaneous decomposition at all test conditions; however, some degree of hydrogenation of acetylene to ethylene may have occurred in an intermediate mixture of acetylene and hydrogen while preparing the highest pressure ternary test mixture.

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