Methanol as an energy source and/or energy carrier in membrane processes

F. Gallucci, A. Basile, E. Drioli

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Methanol is commonly considered a hydrogen source and/or hydrogen carrier. In fact, methanol can be produced by partial oxidation of biomass and in this case it is considered a source for hydrogen and therefore for energy. It can also be produced from carbon dioxide and hydrogen; in this case, it can be seen as a hydrogen carrier because it is easier to transport and store than hydrogen. This work gives an overview of methanol production and use both for hydrogen production and as a feed to fuel cells. Different processes for the production and reactions of methanol are reported, with particular regard to the membrane processes that produce methanol and simplify methanol reactions with respect to traditional systems. 10.1080/15422110601166049
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-202
Number of pages28
JournalSeparation and Purification Reviews
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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