279369 Molecular Simulation of the CO2 Deactivation Volume in Natural Gas Storage Vessels

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hall B (Convention Center )
Sebastiao M. P. Lucena, Dept. Eng. Quimica, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, CE, Brazil, Daniel Gonçalves, UFC, Fortaleza, Brazil and Célio L. Cavalcante Jr., Chemical Engineering, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

Molecular simulations were performed to evaluate the influence of CO2 in the deactivated volume of storage vessels  used  in the adsorbed natural gas (ANG) technology. We compare the performance of metal-organic framework Cu-BTC and a hypothetical carbon material. The adsorption of carbon dioxide in the discharge pressure and room temperature (1 atm,  25 ° C) impairs the efficiency of charge and discharge cycles of the natural gas. Data for the adsorbing mixture CH4/CO2 were obtained for the charge and discharge pressures. Methane /CO2 selectivity calculations were performed to compare the adsorbents Cu-BTC and the activated carbon. The metal-organic framework  Cu-BTC  presented similar CH4 loading  to the hypothetical  activated carbon. Although Cu-BTC presented  a higher CO2  loading, this quantity is unable to effectively interfere with the charge/ discharge  cycle efficiency. Considering that our activated carbon is a hypothetical material,  we concluded that metal-organic framework Cu-BTC is a very promising adsorbent for ANG technology.

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