Simulation of a Hydrogen Fueled Mobile Power Plant Based on a Sustainable Organic Hydride
A mobile power plant is a rapid and convenient power solution that may be required in emergency backup power conditions or in seasonal variation of energy loads. Emergency power requirements may arise due to natural disasters, malfunctioning of power grids on large scale, etc. A mobile power plant can easily be fitted in a large vehicle and is a rapid solution of electricity production for the customers when and where they need. A mobile power plant based on an organic hydride such as methylcyclohexane would be an important step towards using renewable and sustainable energy sources on large scale in an environmentally benign manner. In the present study, for illustrative purposes a 2.0 MW mobile power plant based on methylcyclohexane-toluene-hydrogen (MTH) system is visualized and simulated in Aspen Hysys. The detailed material and energy balances are carried out and the operating conditions and flowrates of the various process streams are worked out.