Low temperature ethanol steam reforming in a Pd-Ag membrane reformer

A. Santucci*, F. Borgognoni, S. Cordiner, E. Traversa, S. Tosti

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Ethanol steam reforming was been carried out in a membrane reactor consisting of a dense Pd-Ag thin wall tube, selectively permeable to the hydrogen, and a catalytic bed. In this way the hydrogen produced during the reaction was continuously removed from the reaction site. The permeator tube was produced via new technique of cold-rolling and diffusion welding. The experimental tests were performed in the temperature range of 400-450 °C to study the performance of the membrane reactor in terms of reaction conversion and hydrogen yields. The main investigated operating parameters were the water/ethanol feed molar ratio, the pressure inside the membrane, the sweep gas mode, the spatial velocity and the kind of catalyst bed. In all tests, ultra pure hydrogen was separated through the membrane. The experimental results demonstrated the capability of the Pd-Ag membrane to shift the conversion of the ethanol steam reforming reaction beyond the thermodynamic equilibrium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationECS Transactions - Hydrogen Production, Transport, and Storage 2
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781605601724
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventHydrogen Production, Transport, and Storage 2 - 211th ECS Meeting - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: May 6 2007May 11 2007

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
ISSN (Print)1938-5862
ISSN (Electronic)1938-6737


OtherHydrogen Production, Transport, and Storage 2 - 211th ECS Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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