Solar steam reforming of natural gas for hydrogen production using molten salt heat carriers

Alberto Giaconia, Marcello De Falco, Giampaolo Caputo, Roberto Grena, Pietro Tarquini, Luigi Marrelli

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The utilization of concentrated solar energy as external heat source for methane steam reforming has been investigated. Molten salts at temperatures up to 550°C can be used as solar heat carrier and storage system, and hydrogen selective membranes can be used to drive reforming reaction at lower temperatures than conventional (<550°C), with hydrogen purification achieved thereby. The combination of new technologies such as membranes and membrane reactors, concentrating solar power (CSP) systems, and molten salt heat carriers, allows a partial decarbonation of the fossil fuel together with the possibility to carry solar energy in the current natural gas grid. Different plant configurations and operating conditions have been analyzed using a mathematical model and AspenPlus simulator. © 2008 American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1932 - 1944
Number of pages13
JournalAICHE Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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