CO production via reverse water gas shift

Authors: Detz, R.J.

Technology Factsheets RWGS to CO from CO2 and H2 (Last update: 2020-05-28 11:41:32)

In an endothermic reaction CO2 is reformed with H2 to produce CO and water, the reverse water gas shift (RWGS) reaction. We assume that all carbon is converted into CO (or recycled in the process). The reaction requires heat and runs at temperatures between 800-1000 °C and at presures up to 30 bar to favour the equilibrium to CO (instead of CO2 and CH4). Some electricity is required to run the plant, e.g. for gas compression. The RWGS plant is a net electricity and heat consumer. Both H2 and CO2 are provided in this case from external sources. Often rWGS produces mixtures of CO and H2 in the ratio required for subsequent reactions. Here we assume we produce only CO, while additional H2 can be provided from the external source. Costs and energy use (for the purification, recycle, heating, and compression steps) are often associated to total mass flow capacities and include H2 as product (which is excluded from our process). This may cause some deviations in the estimates for costs and energy. CO2 + H2 -> CO + H2O DeltaH(298) = 42 kJ/mol