TrueBlue Methanol® Processes

With our decades of synthesis gas (syngas) experience, we offer cost effective and reliable solutions to brownfield & grassroot projects, as well as revamp upgrades to reduce CO2 emissions by 90% to 97%+ on operating syngas plants.

For the end product to be classified as blue, syngas must be produced by using fossil energy like natural gas, present in the majority of the industry. Likewise green energy is created when syngas is produced by using hydrogen from renewable energies like solar. Also, when the excess CO2 is not emitted into the atmosphere, but delivered as a byproduct of compatible quality, for carbon capture it can be utilized or sequestrated (CCU or CCS).


Brownfield & Grassroot Projects

We provide the TrueBlue® processes for Methanol and other Syngas based projects where fossil energy like natural gas is used as raw material. By leveraging and integrating our proven technological steps, we provide the TrueBlue Methanol® processes while installing brownfield or grassroot projects. In each case, we use our proprietary Steam Methane Reformer (SMR), other own and third party’s specialty equipment, thus offering the best fit to integrate our process to meet the goals of each project.

Compared to conventional processes, using hydrogen as a fuel internal to the process (instead of conventional fossil fuels) and maximizing the use of renewable electric power as a utility, we can reduce the CO2 emissions by 90% to 97%+. The energy efficiency and project costs are optimized for a given location and project basis. Also, all the tax credits and incentives like CO2 credits, IRA credits, and other potential benefits are duly considered to achieve the best project economics.


Revamp Upgrades of Operating Plants

All syngas plants should strategically plan to improve energy efficiency, decarbonize, and produce blue end products. The synthesis gas industry is transitioning faster than ever to mitigate climate change. While hydrogen is established as an ideal source of energy with zero carbon, ammonia however is a preferred fuel because it is carbonless and a carrier of hydrogen, with an established international transportation system. Methanol is also an attractive preferred source of energy with its low carbon content, versatile fuel properties, and established transportation system.

We provide the TrueBlue® process for upgrading the existing Ammonia, Methanol, and Hydrogen plants. Depending upon the details of the specific plant, post benchmarking, we would enable the steam methane reforming section to operate with a substantial hydrogen fuel. Thus, reducing the CO2 emissions by 90% to 97%+ compared to its present value. We incorporate one of our various technology options to produce this type of fuel, including methods like convection reforming and autothermal fuel reforming among others. The exact process scheme we use and the resultant decarbonization percentage may depend on current economic conditions and requirements. We can also deliver CO2 as a byproduct, instead of atmospheric emissions, of compatible quality for carbon capture (CCU or CCS). As part of the upgrades, we would upgrade the steam system to suit the benchmarks and utilize incremental electric power if available from renewable sources.

We have evaluated the options to use green hydrogen to decarbonize the existing plants and future plants. One major challenge in this case is the stability of the plant operations if the hydrogen supply falls short or fails due to the nature of the renewable energy source of green hydrogen. We offer upgrade solutions in this case with limited use of green hydrogen and use special control systems to ensure operability of the upgraded plant.

The current supply and demand of these syngas products is in a delicate balance with ammonia, methanol, and hydrogen capacity meeting the existing applications. A sudden incremental demand for qualified blue and green syngas products as fuel requires a step increase in production of these products. Upgrading the operating plants to produce blue ammonia, methanol and hydrogen provides an opportunity to meet the emerging market demands in the shortest time frame. Energy efficiency and project cost are optimized for a given location and project basis.