Unitel to build M2H production system for South East Asian conglomerate

US-based construction company Unitel Technologies has secured a contract from South East Asian conglomerate to providing technology and engineering solutions.

Under the deal, Unitel will be responsible for construction, start-up and operation of an on-site Unitel M2H production system and a downstream hydrogen sulfide plant. The hydrogen balance will be used for other applications.

Unitel CEO Serge Randhava said: “Unitel’s M2H 1,000 represents a significant departure from the conventional natural gas reforming process.

“In addition to selective supply chain advantages, lower capital and operating costs are the most visible benefits.”

"Unitel’s M2H 1,000 represents a significant departure from the conventional natural gas reforming process."

Producing hydrogen using methanol is reported to be the best option in the absence of natural gas or LPG pipeline.

It can be easily transported by truck or train. Methanol is an internationally traded liquid product for energy vector because of its cost and availability.

Unitel’s M2H 1,000 design is efficient, uses simple metallurgy, faster dynamic response and better turn-up and turn-down capabilities in comparison to conventional natural gas steam reforming.

Small-scale self-contained hydrogen plants is reported to be an effective alternative to piped hydrogen and tube trailers, and suitable for wide range of low-volume applications in industries such as electronics, steel, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Hydrogen fuelling and fuel cells can also be used for other application the future.

At the core, M2H 1,000 process consist an oil-heated multi-tube methanol reformer and a controlled mixture of methanol and demineralized water that is pumped into the top of the reformer.

The hydrogen rich synthesis gas is fed into a multi-column pressure swing adsorption (PSA) unit to yield 99.99% pure hydrogen.