Pure hydrogen production in a Pd-Ag multi-membranes module by methane steam reforming

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An experimental test campaign has been carried out in order to investigate the performances in terms of pure hydrogen production of a multi-membrane module coupled with a methane reforming fixed bed reactor. The effect of operating parameters such as the temperature, the pressure, the water/methane feed flow rates and the feed molar ratio has been studied. The hydrogen produced into the traditional reformer has been recovered in the shell side of the membrane module by vacuum pumping. The membrane module consists of 19 Pd/Ag permeator tubes of wall thickness 150 μm, diameter 10 mm and length 250 mm: these dense permeators permitted to separate ultra-pure hydrogen. The experiments have been carried out with the reaction pressure of 100-490 kPa, the temperature of the reformer of 570-720 °C and the temperature of the Pd/Ag membranes module of 300-400 °C. A water/methane stream of molar ratio of 4/1 and 5/1 has been fed into the methane reformer at GSHV of 1547.6 and 1796.1 L(STP)kg-1h-1. Hydrogen yield value of about 3 has been measured at reaction pressure of 350 kPa, temperature reformer of 720 °C and methane feed flow rate of 6.445 × 10-4mol s-1. © 2011, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7550 - 7558
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
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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