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RENERGI-Fremtidens rene energisystemer

Advanced catalyst/reactor systems for conversion of hydrocarbons to hydrogen for fuel cells

Tildelt: kr 14,4 mill.

The objective of the project is to demonstrate space and energy efficient small-scale reactor systems for production of hydrogen for fuel cells from hydrocarbons. Possible applications range from stationary power systems for distributed energy production to on-board hydrogen production in fuel cells vehicles. Different reactor systems will be developed for hydrogen production, å heat exchange type reactor and microchannel(short contact time reactor systems. The reactor systems will be optimised for the catalytic partial oxidation (CPO) and/or steam reforming ( SR) of light hydrocarbons (C2-C4) to synthesis gas. Heat and reaction modelling for the different reactors is included. Upgrading of synthesis gas to pure hydrogen is required after CPO/SR reactions. One strategy is optimisation of watergas-shift (WGS) reaction conditions and heat exchange for a microchannel reactor, and optimal coupling to CPO/SR reaction. A second strate gy is application of 100% hydrogen selective membrane systems to meet PEM fuel cell purity requirements. An integration of WGS and membrane units could be a final solution. Development of engineered catalysts for the respective reactor (CPO, SRF WGS) systems is part of the project. PhD education and post-doctoral fellowships are included. The project is a collaboration between SINTEF Applied Chemistry, Dept. Chemical Engineering, NTNU and SINTEF Materials Technology.

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