Hydrogen production by methanol steam reforming carried out in membrane reactor on Cu/Zn/Mg-based catalyst

A. Basile, A. Parmaliana, S. Tosti, A. Iulianelli, F. Gallucci, C. Espro, J. Spooren

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Abstract

The methanol steam reforming (MSR) reaction was studied by using both a dense Pd-Ag membrane reactor (MR) and a fixed bed reactor (FBR). Both the FBR and the MR were packed with a new catalyst based on CuOAl2O3ZnOMgO, having an upper temperature limit of around 350 °C. A constant sweep gas flow rate in counter-current mode was used in MR and the experiments were carried out by varying the water/methanol feed molar ratio in the range 3/1-9/1 and the reaction temperature in the range 250-300 °C. The catalyst shows high activity and selectivity towards the CO2 and the H2 formation in the temperature range investigated. Under the same operative conditions, the MR shows higher conversions than FBR and, in particular, at 300 °C and H2O/CH3OH molar ratio higher than 5/1 the MR shows complete methanol conversion. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. 10.1016/j.cattod.2008.03.015
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalCatalysis Today
Volume137
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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