High capacity potassium promoted hydrotalcite for CO2 capture in H2 production

M.H. Halabi, M.H.J.M. Croon, de, J. Schaaf, van der, P.D. Cobden, J.C. Schouten

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Abstract

This paper presents an experimental study for a newly modified K2CO3-promoted hydrotalcite material as a novel high capacity sorbent for in-situ CO2 capture. The sorbent is employed in the sorption enhanced steam reforming process for an efficient H2 production at low temperature (400–500 °C). A new set of adsorption data is reported for CO2 adsorption over K-hydrotalcite at 400 °C. The equilibrium sorption data obtained from a column apparatus can be adequately described by a Freundlich isotherm. The sorbent shows fast adsorption rates and attains a relatively high sorption capacity of 0.95 mol/kg on the fresh sorbent. CO2 desorption experiments are conducted to examine the effect of humidity content in the gas purge and the regeneration time on CO2 desorption rates. A large portion of CO2 is easily recovered in the first few minutes of a desorption cycle due to a fast desorption step, which is associated with a physi/chemisorption step on the monolayer surface of the fresh sorbent. The complete recovery of CO2 was then achieved in a slower desorption step associated with a reversible chemisorption in a multi-layer surface of the sorbent. The sorbent shows a loss of 8% of its fresh capacity due to an irreversible chemisorption, however, it preserves a stable working capacity of about 0.89 mol/kg, suggesting a reversible chemisorption process. The sorbent also presents a good cyclic thermal stability in the temperature range of 400–500 °C.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4516-4525
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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