Conventional separators

Conventional separators usually make use of gravity separation, wire mesh or windpack internals to de-mist. However, the separation effect is not ideal, resulting in a large amount of valuable product entrained downstream in the form of droplets, which reduces yields and exacerbates the side reactions.

Non-optimum separation effeciency of the oil-gas separator downstream the compressor, causing oil fouling within the synthesis reactor. This can cause catalyst poisoning and reduce the lifespan of the catalyst.

The exhaust gas carries a large amount of methanol (droplet and gas phase) into the fuel system, which will will be burned and wasted. This is valuable methanol product that could have been recovered.