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Reference Number GR/S24992/01
Title An alternative technology for low temperature hydrogen production
Status Completed
Energy Categories Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen production) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr A Lapkin
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School of Engineering
University of Warwick
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2003
End Date 30 November 2006
Duration 41 months
Total Grant Value £76,132
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme Physical Sciences
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr A Lapkin , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , British Nuclear Fuels plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Engelhard Corporation, USA (0.000%)
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Abstract 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. Adsorbentregeneration 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 thiscase, 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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