Osaka Gas Co. | Date: 2012-10-19
To derive a feasible solution for an operation plan problem for storage tanks for storing liquefied natural gas, which is a complicated mixed-integer non-linear problem, given tank initial state information, reception plan information, and feed plan information, two solving processes are executed alternately two or more times, respectively: a first solving process that replaces a mixed-integer non-linear programming problem with a mixed-integer linear programming problem by linear approximation of a non-linear expression in non-linear constraints containing the non-linear expression, and solves the problem to derive provisional solutions or final solutions for a reception pattern that prescribes a storage tank that is to receive liquefied natural gas, and a discharge pattern that prescribes a storage tank that is to discharge liquefied natural gas, and a second solving process that replaces a mixed-integer non-linear programming problem with a continuous non-linear programming problem by provisionally fixing a discrete variable in discrete form constraints containing the discrete variable, and solves the problem to derive provisional solutions or final solutions for transitions of storage quantity and storage heat quantity of liquefied natural gas in each storage tank.
Osaka Gas Co. | Date: 2013-05-28
For implementing a reforming reaction such as steam reforming or autothermal reforming, to obtain hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, etc. by bringing hydrocarbons and steam into contact with a reforming catalyst, an arrangement is provided to enable reforming of the hydrocarbon to proceed under a stable condition for an extended period thanks to high sulfur resistance thereof. The arrangement employs a reforming catalyst supporting both platinum and iridium on an inorganic oxide support for the reforming of the hydrocarbon.
Osaka Gas Co. | Date: 2014-02-14
Provided is a granular activated carbon having many mesopores that can be used for applications similar to sine chloride-activated carbons, and also provided is a method for manufacturing the same. The granular activated carbon is obtained by bringing an activated carbon into contact with a calcium component, followed by activation and washing.
Osaka Gas Co. and Aisin Seiki | Date: 2012-02-08
A desulfurization unit for a fuel cell system includes a first desulfurizer arranged in a temperature environment ranging from 50 C. to 200 C. and accommodating a desulfurizing agent including a porous material serving as a base material, the desulfurizing agent exerting a desulfurization effect in a normal temperature range, the first desulfurizer adsorbing a sulfur compound included in a source gas in the temperature environment ranging from 50 C. to 200 C. when the source gas having a low dew point is supplied through a source gas passage to the first desulfurizer and when the source gas having a high dew point is supplied through the source gas passage to the first desulfurizer.
Osaka Gas Co. | Date: 2012-04-18
The present invention relates to a reformed gas production apparatus that includes a reaction chamber containing a reforming catalyst, a supply route to the reaction chamber, a reformed gas conduction route from the reaction chamber, and a reaction chamber temperature control means that controls a temperature of the reaction chamber. The supply route supplies a fluid that includes a fuel containing a hydrocarbon having at least two carbon atoms, at least one of steam and a carbon dioxide-containing gas, and an oxygen-containing gas. The fuel can be a mixed fuel that includes a plurality of types of hydrocarbons that each have at least two carbon atoms. The reaction chamber temperature control means relates to the thermal decomposition index temperature of the fuel, which defines an upper limit temperature of the reforming reaction region.