Demonstration of a scaled-down autothermal membrane methane reformer for hydrogen generation

David S.A. Simakov*, Moshe Sheintuch

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A novel concept for hydrogen generation by methane steam reforming in a thermally coupled catalytic fixed bed membrane reformer is experimentally demonstrated. The reactor, built from three concentric compartments, indirectly couples the endothermic methane steam reforming with the exothermic methane oxidation, while hydrogen is separated by a permselective Pd membrane. The study focuses on the determination of the key operation parameters and understanding their influence on the reactor performance. It has been shown that the reactor performance is mainly defined by the dimensionless ratio of the methane steam reforming feed flow rate to the hydrogen maximal membrane flow rate and by the ratio of the oxidation and steam reforming methane feed flow rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8866-8876
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Autothermal reformer
  • Hydrogen
  • Membrane reactor
  • Methane steam reforming
  • Thermal coupling


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