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EPSRC Reference: GR/S24985/01
Title: An alternative technology for low temperature hydrogen production
Principal Investigator: Ding, Professor Y
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BNFL Engelhard Corporation
Department: Chemical Engineering
Organisation: University of Leeds
Scheme: Faraday (PreFEC)
Starts: 15 July 2003 Ends: 14 November 2006 Value (£): 144,061
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis Reactor Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy Chemicals
Related Grants:
GR/S24992/01 GR/S25005/01
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The work aims to develop a novel technology for hydrogen production through Steam Methane Reforming. The concept of adsorption enhanced reaction is utilised to overcome the reaction equilibria, and thus considerably reduce the operating temperature necessary for a particular production rate, and provide i in-situ separation (concentration) of hydrogen gas. However, unlike previous studies in this area, the continuous flow of adsorbent within a packed or structured reactor is considered. Adsorbent regeneration is carried out outside the reactor, thus decoupling the reaction and regeneration phases, and enabling a steady-flow (non-periodic) process analogue for adsorption enhanced reaction. The novel process can be viewed as the adsorptive-reactor equivalent oft] fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process, but in which the adsorbent is the transported medium. Like the FCC process, the benefits of this process are expect to be substantial, with the excellent control of adsorbent residence time in this case, the continuous supply of feed to a single unit, and an integrated energy supply system. The work at Leeds will focus on (i) design and construction of an experimental system for validating the new process, (ii) performance of experiments under various process and packing conditions, and (iii) investgation of hydrodynamics and heat transfer involved in the process.
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