Membrane reactor concepts
Fuel Cell Technology and Applications
Hydrogen storage and hydrogen generation
Fuel processing from hydrocarbons to hydrogen
Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
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Handbook of Fuel Cells
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Wieland, S. and Melin, T. 2010. Membrane reactor concepts. Handbook of Fuel Cells. .
- Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
Fuel cell powered vehicles with on-board reforming need compact and lightweight components. A membrane reactor that combines hydrogen permeable membranes with a methanol steam reformer promises considerable weight and space savings. Its dense metal membranes produce high-purity hydrogen over a wide range of pressures and loads. The selective removal of hydrogen yields methanol and CO conversions that are higher than the equilibrium conversion in a conventional reactor. Results with three different metal membranes in a membrane reactor for steam reforming of methanol are presented. A mathematical model accurately describes the measured performance of the membrane reactor and allows predictions for other values of the process parameters.
- membrane reactor;
- fuel cell;
- metal membranes;
- methanol reforming;
- transport processes;