Enriched methane production by solar steam reformer: Process evaluation

M. De Falco, L. Marrelli, A. Giaconia, P. Tarquini

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Abstract

The aim of this work is to present a novel hybrid plant for the production of a mixture of methane and hydrogen from a steam reforming reactor whose heat duty is supplied by a molten salt stream heated up by the innovative concentrating solar power plant developed by ENEA. By this way, a hydrogen stream, mixed with natural gas, is produced from solar energy by a consolidated production method as the steam reforming process and by a widely tested and pre-commercial technology as molten salts parabolic mirrors solar plant. After the hydrogen production plant, the residual heat stored in the molten salt stream is used to produce electricity. A module of the plant requires 1.5 hectares and can supply electricity and gas to 3000 domestic Italian users. A 4-tubes-and-shell reactor 0.5 m long and with packed bed tubular reactor with diameter of 3′ is able to produce up to 350 Nm3/h of enriched methane.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventNanotechnology 2009: Biofuels, Renewable Energy, Coatings, Fluidics and Compact Modeling - 2009 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2009 - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …

Conference

ConferenceNanotechnology 2009: Biofuels, Renewable Energy, Coatings, Fluidics and Compact Modeling - 2009 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2009
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/09 → …

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials

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De Falco, M., Marrelli, L., Giaconia, A., & Tarquini, P. (2009). Enriched methane production by solar steam reformer: Process evaluation. Paper presented at Nanotechnology 2009: Biofuels, Renewable Energy, Coatings, Fluidics and Compact Modeling - 2009 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2009, United States.