Patents by Inventor Timm SCHUHMANN

Timm SCHUHMANN has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11247954
    Abstract: Proposed is a process for producing methanol from synthesis gas by means of multi-stage, for example 2-stage, heterogeneously catalyzed methanol synthesis, wherein the product stream of a synthesis stage is applied to the downstream synthesis stage as a feed stream or after removal of a purge stream recycled to the first synthesis stage as a recycle stream. According to the invention a substream is removed from the synthesis gas fresh gas and introduced into the second methanol synthesis reactor as a bypass stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Tobias Oelmann, Veronika Gronemann, Heiko Hofmann, Timm Schuhmann
  • Patent number: 11247957
    Abstract: Proposed is a process for producing methanol from synthesis gas by means of multi-stage, for example 2-stage, heterogeneously catalyzed methanol synthesis, wherein the methanol product formed in every synthesis stage is removed by condensation and the remaining residual gas is applied to the downstream synthesis stage or after removal of a purge stream recycled to the first synthesis stage as a recycle stream. According to the invention a substream is removed from the synthesis gas fresh gas and introduced into the second methanol synthesis reactor as a bypass stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Tobis Oelmann, Veronika Gronemann, Heiko Hofmann, Timm Schuhmann
  • Patent number: 11180433
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process and a plant for producing methanol from an input gas including carbon monoxide and hydrogen using a pre-reactor stage and a main reactor stage. Input gas produced at and under elevated pressure is initially introduced into a pre-reactor stage for catalytic conversion into a first methanol-containing product stream. After separation of methanol from the first methanol-containing product stream and discharging from the pre-reactor stage a remaining gas stream is introduced into a main reactor stage as a residual gas stream after compression to reaction pressure for catalytic conversion into a second methanol-containing product stream, After separation from the second methanol-containing product stream methanol is discharged from the main reactor stage. Using an input gas having a carbon monoxide content of 25% to 36% by volume results in large savings in respect of the compressor output required for the production process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour I'Etude et I'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Frank Castillo-Welter, Stephane Haag, Timm Schuhmann, Robert Frind
  • Patent number: 11078141
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for producing methanol and to a plant for producing methanol. A first fresh gas suitable for production of methanol is precompressed by a first compressor stage to obtain a second fresh gas. The second fresh gas is merged with a recycle gas stream and further compressed to synthesis pressure in a second compressor stage. Catalytic conversion of the thus obtained synthesis gas stream in a plurality of serially arranged reactor stages with intermediate condensation and separation of the crude methanol reduces the recycle gas amount in the synthesis circuit to such an extent that recycle gas may be directly recycled to the second fresh gas stream, thus ensuring that no recycle gas compressor stage is required and that the total compressor power may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Socie,été Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventor: Timm Schuhmann
  • Patent number: 11078142
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for producing methanol and to a plant for producing methanol. A first fresh gas suitable for production of methanol and having a high carbon dioxide content is pre-compressed by a first compressor stage to obtain a second fresh gas. The second fresh gas is merged with a recycle gas stream and further compressed to synthesis pressure in a second compressor stage. Catalytic conversion of the thus obtained synthesis gas stream in a plurality of serially arranged reactor stages with intermediate condensation and separation of the crude methanol reduces the recycle gas amount in the synthesis circuit to such an extent that recycle gas may be directly recycled to the second fresh gas stream, thus ensuring that no recycle gas compressor stage is required and that the total compressor power may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour I'Etude et I'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Bryce Williams, Timm Schuhmann, Veronika Gronemann, Stephane Haag, Frank Castillo-Welter
  • Publication number: 20210114956
    Abstract: Proposed is a process for producing methanol from synthesis gas by means of multi-stage, for example 2-stage, heterogeneously catalyzed methanol synthesis, wherein the product stream of a synthesis stage is applied to the downstream synthesis stage as a feed stream or after removal of a purge stream recycled to the first synthesis stage as a recycle stream. According to the invention a substream is removed from the synthesis gas fresh gas and introduced into the second methanol synthesis reactor as a bypass stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Tobias OELMANN, Veronika GRONEMANN, Heiko HOFMANN, Timm SCHUHMANN
  • Publication number: 20210114959
    Abstract: Proposed is a process for producing methanol from synthesis gas by means of multi-stage, for example 2-stage, heterogeneously catalyzed methanol synthesis, wherein the methanol product formed in every synthesis stage is removed by condensation and the remaining residual gas is applied to the downstream synthesis stage or after removal of a purge stream recycled to the first synthesis stage as a recycle stream. According to the invention a substream is removed from the synthesis gas fresh gas and introduced into the second methanol synthesis reactor as a bypass stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Tobis OELMANN, Veronika GRONEMANN, Heiko HOFMANN, Timm SCHUHMANN
  • Publication number: 20210053897
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for producing methanol and to a plant for producing methanol. A first fresh gas suitable for production of methanol is precompressed by a first compressor stage to obtain a second fresh gas. The second fresh gas is merged with a recycle gas stream and further compressed to synthesis pressure in a second compressor stage. Catalytic conversion of the thus obtained synthesis gas stream in a plurality of serially arranged reactor stages with intermediate condensation and separation of the crude methanol reduces the recycle gas amount in the synthesis circuit to such an extent that recycle gas may be directly recycled to the second fresh gas stream, thus ensuring that no recycle gas compressor stage is required and that the total compressor power may be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventor: Timm Schuhmann
  • Publication number: 20210053898
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for producing methanol and to a plant for producing methanol. A first fresh gas suitable for production of methanol and having a high carbon dioxide content is pre-compressed by a first compressor stage to obtain a second fresh gas. The second fresh gas is merged with a recycle gas stream and further compressed to synthesis pressure in a second compressor stage. Catalytic conversion of the thus obtained synthesis gas stream in a plurality of serially arranged reactor stages with intermediate condensation and separation of the crude methanol reduces the recycle gas amount in the synthesis circuit to such an extent that recycle gas may be directly recycled to the second fresh gas stream, thus ensuring that no recycle gas compressor stage is required and that the total compressor power may be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Bryce Williams, Timm Schuhmann, Veronika Gronemann, Stephane Haag, Frank Castillo-Welter
  • Patent number: 10913698
    Abstract: A process for conducting exothermic equilibrium reactions, especially for the performance of methanol synthesis by heterogeneously catalysed conversion of synthesis gas, is proposed, which enables readjustment and hence optimization of the reaction conditions along the longitudinal coordinate of the reactor. For this purpose, in the process according to the invention, a reactor is used which is divided into a multitude of series-connected reaction cells, each of which comprises a preheating zone, a cooled reaction zone, one or more cooling zones and a deposition zone for condensable reaction products. In this way, the reaction conditions are adjustable to the respective, local composition of the reaction mixture and variable over the reactor length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Frank Castillo-Welter, Stephane Haag, Robert Frind, Timm Schuhmann, Andreas Ochs, Marc Wagner, Solene Valentin
  • Patent number: 10898874
    Abstract: A reactor for conducting exothermic equilibrium reactions, especially for the performance of methanol synthesis by heterogeneously catalysed conversion of synthesis gas, is proposed, which enables readjustment and hence optimization of the reaction conditions along the longitudinal coordinate of the reactor. For this purpose, in accordance with the invention, the reactor is divided into a multitude of series-connected reaction cells, each of which comprises a preheating zone, a cooled reaction zone, one or more cooling zones and a deposition zone for condensable reaction products. In this way, the reaction conditions are adjustable to the respective, local composition of the reaction mixture and variable over the reactor length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Frank Castillo-Welter, Stephane Haag, Robert Frind, Timm Schuhmann, Andreas Ochs, Marc Wagner, Solene Valentin
  • Publication number: 20200369585
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process and a plant for producing methanol from an input gas including carbon monoxide and hydrogen using a pre-reactor stage and a main reactor stage. Input gas produced at and under elevated pressure is initially intraduced into a pre-reactor stage for catalytic conversion into a first methanol-containing product stream. After separation of methanol from the first methanol-containing product stream and discharging from the pre-reactor stage a remaining gas stream is introduced into a main reactor stage as a residual gas stream after compression to reaction pressure for catalytic conversion into a second methanol-containing product stream, After separation from the second methanol-containing product stream methanol is discharged from the main reactor stage. Using an input gas having a carbon monoxide content of 25% to 36% by volume results in large savings in respect of the compressor output required for the production process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Frank CASTILLO-WELTER, Stephane HAAG, Timm SCHUHMANN, Robert FRIND
  • Patent number: 10737230
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reactor for the catalytic production of methanol, in which at least two catalyst layers are arranged. The first catalyst layer is arranged upstream and the second catalyst layer is arranged downstream. The activity of the first catalyst layer is higher than the activity of the second catalyst layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: CLARIANT INTERNATIONAL LTD, L'AIR LIQUIDE SOCIÉTÉ ANONYME POUR L'ETUDE ET L'EXPLOITATION DES PROCÉDÉS GEORGES CLAUDE
    Inventors: Hannsjoerg Freund, Robert Frind, Tobias Henkel, Markus Kaiser, Timm Schuhmann, Wolfgang Seuffert, Sebastian Werner
  • Publication number: 20200197890
    Abstract: A reactor for conducting exothermic equilibrium reactions, especially for the performance of methanol synthesis by heterogeneously catalysed conversion of synthesis gas, is proposed, which enables readjustment and hence optimization of the reaction conditions along the longitudinal coordinate of the reactor. For this purpose, in accordance with the invention, the reactor is divided into a multitude of series-connected reaction cells, each of which comprises a preheating zone, a cooled reaction zone, one or more cooling zones and a deposition zone for condensable reaction products. In this way, the reaction conditions are adjustable to the respective, local composition of the reaction mixture and variable over the reactor length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l?Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Frank CASTILLO-WELTER, Stephane HAAG, Robert FRIND, Timm SCHUHMANN, Andreas OCHS, Marc WAGNER, Solene VALENTIN
  • Publication number: 20200199054
    Abstract: A process for conducting exothermic equilibrium reactions, especially for the performance of methanol synthesis by heterogeneously catalysed conversion of synthesis gas, is proposed, which enables readjustment and hence optimization of the reaction conditions along the longitudinal coordinate of the reactor. For this purpose, in the process according to the invention, a reactor is used which is divided into a multitude of series-connected reaction cells, each of which comprises a preheating zone, a cooled reaction zone, one or more cooling zones and a deposition zone for condensable reaction products. In this way, the reaction conditions are adjustable to the respective, local composition of the reaction mixture and variable over the reactor length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Frank CASTILLO-WELTER, Stephane HAAG, Robert FRIND, Timm SCHUHMANN, Andreas OCHS, Marc WAGNER, Solene VALENTIN
  • Publication number: 20200001261
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reactor for the catalytic production of methanol, in which at least two catalyst layers are arranged. The first catalyst layer is arranged upstream and the second catalyst layer is arranged downstream. The activity of the first catalyst layer is higher than the activity of the second catalyst layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicants: CLARIANT INTERNATIONAL LTD, L'AIR LIQUIDE SOCIÉTÉ ANONYME POUR L'ETUDE ET L'EXPLOITATION DES PROCÉDÉS GEORGES CLAUDE
    Inventors: Hannsjoerg FREUND, Robert FRIND, Tobias HENKEL, Markus KAISER, Timm SCHUHMANN, Wolfgang SEUFFERT, Sebastian WERNER
  • Publication number: 20180001225
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a plant for removing C6-C11 hydrocarbons from methanol, comprising at least one reactor for the conversion of carbon monoxide and hydrogen to a crude methanol containing hydrocarbons, a distillation column with a head and a sump for the purification of the methanol, and at least one conduit for guiding the crude methanol from the at least one reactor into the distillation column. At its head, the distillation column includes a feed conduit for feeding in water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour I'Etude et I'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Timm SCHUHMANN, Veronika GRONEMANN