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High Purity Hydrogen with Sorption-Enhanced Steam Methane Reforming in a Gas–Solid Trickle Bed Reactor

High Purity Hydrogen with Sorption-Enhanced Steam Methane Reforming in a Gas–Solid Trickle Bed Reactor
Janez Levec, Ana Obradović
A sorption enhanced-steam methane reforming (SE-SMR) process was investigated in a countercurrent gas–solid trickle flow reactor packed with regularly stacked catalyst. The stacked catalyst was made of corrugated Pt/Ni/Al2O3 plates in the form of static mixers. Experiments were carried out in a temperature range of 550–600 °C, total pressure of 4.0 bar, and water to methane ratio of 4.0 in the reactor feed. Within the investigated conditions, experimental results offered a solid proof of concept for new continuous SE-SMR operation for production of hydrogen where sorbent can be regenerated separately from the catalyst. Experimental data were reasonably well described by a plug flow model for both the gas and solid phases. The mathematical model was further used to optimize the continuous SE-SMR operation: it could be demonstrated that the level of the hydrogen purity in the reactor exit stream could be controlled by a multistage reactor consisting of alternating catalytic active and stainless-steel inert static mixers.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.7b01832

DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b01832

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