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Low precious metal losses and high N2O

reduction with Heraeus Catalytic Systems


Oliver Henkes
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Table of Contents
Heraeus Service
Heraeus FTC Gauze packs with FTC-HR and FTC-LL systems

Levels of Precious Metal losses with FTC gauzes


Countries with existing or developing emission trading systems
Development of carbon prices
N2O reduction with Heraeus N2O abatement products

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Introduction: Heraeus Technical Service

Catalytic gauzes
Iron-oxide based
secondary catalyst

Precious metal
secondary catalyst
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Introduction: Heraeus Technical Service

Installation of primary and N2O abatement catalyst

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Introduction: Heraeus Service

Refining Service &


Plant Cleaning
Investigation &
Trouble shooting

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Introduction: Heraeus FTC Gauze Pack Overview


FTC
Reduced PGM inventory
Highest conversion rate and selectivity
Long operating cycles

FTCplus
+ Reduced N2O emission

Advanced
FTC catalyst system
Low PM Inventory

FTC-HR
+ Maximum reduction in N2O emission

FTC-rf
+ Lower Rh inventory and Rh losses

FTC-LL
+ Optional metal recovery function

FTCcg
+ Lower pressure drop by corrugation
Optional for all FTC types above
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Market prices
The Platinum Price 2009-2015

The Rhodium Price 2009-2015

The Palladium Price 2009-2015

Precious Metals have a


huge impact on the Nitric Acid
manufacturing cost

http://heraeus-edelmetallhandel.de/en/marktinformationen/edelmetallcharts/edelmetallcharts.aspx#
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Heraeus FTC Gauze Packs:


Very low levels of Precious Metal losses

Recovery rate (%)

High Pressure Plants


100
90
80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
0

Minimum

FTCplus
FTCcg
Heraeus FTC Gauze Packs
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for special
cases
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Countries with existing or developing emission trading systems

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Development of carbon prices

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Maximum N2O abatement with Heraeus FTC-HR Gauzes


Multi-burner medium pressure nitric acid plant

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N2O abatement with Heraeus FTC Gauze Packs


High pressure Weatherly plant
2000

N2O emission (ppmv)

1800

1600

PtRh gauzes

1400
1200

corrugated FTC pack

1000
800

600
400
200
0
0

30

60

90

120

150

180

210

Days

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N2O abatement
Heraeus Secondary Catalyst Technologies
Precious metal catalyst HRSC
High purity -Al2O3 carrier
Precious metal coating
No foreign elements in process

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Base metal catalyst HRSC-NPM


Fe2O3 / Al2O3
Adjustable size
No precious metal handling

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N2O reduction with Heraeus N2O abatement products

N2O emission (ppmv)

1000

FTCplus Gauze pack


Precious metal secondary catalyst
layer thickness successive
doubled over time to approx. 150 mm
campaign length 330 days

800

600

400

200

0
0

300

600

900

1200

1500

1800

2100

2400

Days

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N2O reduction with Heraeus N2O abatement products


180
160

FTC-HR Gauze pack


Iron oxide secondary catalyst
layer thicknes < 70 mm

N2O emission (ppmv)

140

120

average N2O emission: 75 ppmv N2O

100
80
60
40
20

0
0

50

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100

150
200
Operating Days

250

300

350

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Conclusions
Heraeus provides a wide range of Products and Technical Services
FTC-HR gauze systems achieve lowest N2O emissions
FTC-LL systems further reduce Platinum losses
Heraeus Secondary Catalyst Systems allow customers to stay below emission
targets of EU ETS and beyond
Heraeus abatement solutions may be combined with a tertiary catalyst

Minimize total cost of ownership for the customer with Heraeus primary
and secondary catalyst systems

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Thank you for your attention!

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