A review of conventional and emerging process technologies for the recovery of helium from natural gas

Rufford, Thomas E., Chan, K. Ida, Huang, Stanley H. and May, Eric F. (2014) A review of conventional and emerging process technologies for the recovery of helium from natural gas. Adsorption Science and Technology, 32 1: 49-72. doi:10.1260/0263-6174.32.1.49

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Author Rufford, Thomas E.
Chan, K. Ida
Huang, Stanley H.
May, Eric F.
Title A review of conventional and emerging process technologies for the recovery of helium from natural gas
Journal name Adsorption Science and Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0263-6174
2048-4038
Publication date 2014-01-16
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1260/0263-6174.32.1.49
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 49
End page 72
Total pages 24
Place of publication Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom
Publisher Multi-Science Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Helium is a unique gas with a wide range of important medical, scientific and industrial applications based on helium's extremely low boiling temperature, inert and non-flammable nature and small molecular size. The only practical sources of helium are from certain natural gas (NG) fields. As world demand for helium rapidly increases, the value of NG fields that contain it even in very small amounts is likely to rise significantly if the helium can be recovered efficiently. However, recovering the helium from the NG using conventional cryogenic distillation processes is expensive and energy intensive. We review the scope for improving the efficiency of the conventional helium recovery and upgrade processes, and evaluate the potential of emerging technologies based on adsorption or membrane separations for helium upgrade and purification. Helium recovery and purification processes are comparable in many ways with systems designed for hydrogen purification and thus, many of recent technological advances for H2 separation from CH4, N2 and CO2 may be applicable to a helium recovery process. Furthermore, some recent patents and pilot plant studies indicate there exist several opportunities for the development of advanced materials, such as helium-selective adsorbents, and optimized process operations for the recovery of helium from NG.
Keyword Helium
Gas separation
Adsorption
Liquified natural gas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: School of Chemical Engineering Publications
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