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Autothermal methanol reforming for hydrogen production in fuel cell applications

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Fuel cell powered electric cars using on-board methanol reforming to produce a hydrogen-rich gas represent a low-emissions alternative to gasoline internal combustion engines (ICE). In order to exceed the well-to-wheel efficiencies of 17% for the gasoline ICE, high-efficiency fuel cells and methanol reformers must be developed. Catalytic autothermal reforming of methanol offers advantages over endothermic steam-reforming and exothermic partial oxidation. Microreactor testing of copper-containing catalysts was carried out in the temperature range between 250 and 330°C showing nearly complete methanol conversion at 85% hydrogen yield. For the overall process a simplified model of the reaction network, consisting of the total oxidation of methanol, the reverse water-gas shift reaction, and the steam-reforming of methanol, is proposed. Individual kinetic measurements for the latter two reactions on a commercial Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst are presented.

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The article was received on 19 Jun 2000, accepted on 15 Aug 2000 and first published on 03 Oct 2001

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B004881J
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2001,3, 289-293
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    Autothermal methanol reforming for hydrogen production in fuel cell applications

    K. Geissler, E. Newson, F. Vogel, T. Truong, P. Hottinger and A. Wokaun, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2001, 3, 289
    DOI: 10.1039/B004881J

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