Combined methane and ethanol reforming for pure hydrogen production through Pd-based membranes

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Combined methane and ethanol steam reforming has been carried out in a conventional reformer filled with a Pt (0.5% wt.) catalyst bed. The reformer has been coupled with a multi-membrane module, where pure hydrogen has been recovered in the shell side by vacuum pumping. The experiments-that mainly aimed at measuring the hydrogen yield-have been carried out in the reaction (lumen) pressure range of 100-500 kPa, while the temperature of the reformer and the Pd/Ag membranes module has been of 760°C and 350°C, respectively. The water/ethanol/methane molar ratio has varied in the different experiments (10/1/0, 11/1/0.25, 14/1/1 and 26/1/4). Such water/ethanol mixtures have been investigated in order to simulate the treatment of dilute bioethanol with methane. The hydrogen yield decreases when the molar ratio methane/ethanol increases while-in presence of a high water excess (feed molar ratio water/ethanol/methane of 26/1/4)- A hydrogen yield up to 35% at 500 kPa can be achieved. Copyright © 2012, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1430 - 1438
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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