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EPSRC Reference: GR/S24992/01
Title: An alternative technology for low temperature hydrogen production
Principal Investigator: Lapkin, Professor A
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BNFL Engelhard Corporation
Department: Chemical Engineering
Organisation: University of Bath
Scheme: Faraday (PreFEC)
Starts: 01 July 2003 Ends: 30 November 2006 Value (£): 76,132
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis Reactor Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Energy
Related Grants:
GR/S24985/01 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 enhance reaction is utilised to overcome the reaction equilibria, and thus considerably reduce the operating temperature necessary for a particular prod rate, and provide the in-situ separation (concentration) of hydrogen gas. However, unlike previous studies in this area, the continuous flow of adsorbents 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 b as the adsorptive-reactor equivalent of the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process, but in which the adsorbent is the transported medium. Like th process, the benefits of this process are expected to be substantial, with the excellent control of adsorbent residence time in this case, the con supply of feed to a single unit, and an integrated energy supply system. The work at Bath will focus on (i) characterisation of catalysts and ads (ii) kinetic studies of the catalytic reactions and adsorption/desorption processes, and (iii) design and fabrication of the structured catalyst packings.
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