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Living with 'Syn'

Syngas, also known as synthesis gas, is predominately the mixture of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Other trace gases such as methane and sulfur dioxide can also be found in Syngas, but the aforementioned three gases are generically the properties of syngas.

Syngas is produced by a process known as gasification using a fuel which contains carbon. The fuel is heated to high temperatures in a controlled atmosphere where it breaks down to form syngas. Fuel sources such as coal and biomass are viable suitors for such process. Hydrocarbon feedstocks would also be a candidate too, not only because of their high carbon levels but also the amount which is readily available. Examples are corn starch and other plant materials.

Once Syngas is created, there is an abundance of different applications. Below are just a few examples:

Thermal energy – as a result of combustion of the syngas, thermal energy is generated which can be utilized in equipment such as cement kilns, ovens and dryers. Thermal energy is vital to an area such as the industrial sector

Chemical synthesis – once Syngas is transformed due to the chemical transformation process, elements such as Bioethanol and Methanol can be used in the production of transportation fuels

Agricultural sector – depending on the compounds, Ammonia can sometimes be extracted from the Syngas, and Ammonia is a solid fertilizer

As you’d expect from a gas which is often produced from waste materials, Syngas can contain impurities that can harm the atmosphere. For example, coal gasification still produces more pollution than a host of energy sources. To put into perspective, experts warn this method of gasification produces ‘significantly more greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum’. With such dangers to our environment, instruments that monitor such issues are essential.

Cambridge Sensotec has a range of battery powered portable and fixed installation gas analysers specifically designed for measuring syngas as well as biogas. Our range of multigas analysers – the Rapidox 3100, 5100 and 7100 – all offer high specifications when evaluating not just Syngas but other process gases, too. More importantly complex thermodynamic equations are used to accurately measure the calorific content of the gas and up to eight gas readings are displayed live as well as graphed and data logged. Results can also be thermally printed for permanent record keeping.

To find out more about Syngas and what our instruments can do for you, contact us using one of the methods below:

Tel: +44 (0)1480 462142

Cambridge Sensotec Limited specialises in the design and manufacture of gas analysis equipment under the Rapidox brand name. Based in the UK, the company has an established worldwide distribution network and ISO 9001 accreditation. The Rapidox range includes high precision, scientific gas analysis equipment designed for use in industrial processes, quality control applications, environmental monitoring and research and development experiments. Initially specialising in oxygen analysis, Cambridge Sensotec has since diversified and extended its product range into other gas analysis markets, including SF6 gas monitoring.
Cambridge Sensotec is also a UK distributor for many fixed and portable gas detectors including BW Technologies, Industrial Scientific, Oldham, WITT and Viamed.
About Cambridge Sensotec

Cambridge Sensotec Limited is an ISO9001 accredited Company based in the UK. Cambridge Sensotec Ltd manufacture a comprehensive range of on-line, portable and bench mounted gas analysers including zirconia and electrochemical oxygen sensors, dual-gas analysers such as CO2, CO and H2O. The company also produce a range of multiple gas analyser for SF6, SO2, H2, CH4 and many others. Our precision instruments are designed for industrial process and quality control applications as well as R&D experiments and environmental monitoring.
Cambridge Sensotec are also UK distributors for many fixed and portable gas detectors including BW technologies, Industrial Scientific, Oldham, WITT and Viamed.'

For more information, please contact :-

Cambridge Sensotec Ltd.
Tel: +44(0)1480 462142
Fax:+44(0)1480 466032

August 2019

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