Compact reforming of liquid fuels like ethanol and gasoline requires simultaneous evaporation and catalytic partial oxidation. In this work, a small-scale reactive volatilization reactor was examined for compact reforming of ethanol and 85% ethanol mixed with iso-octane (E85). Results show the reactor can simultaneously vaporize and reform both fuels with high conversion (up to ~45%) and high reforming efficiency (up to ~97%), defined as the ratio of lower heating value of the syngas over that of the fuel. The demonstrated result shows that the non-premixed configuration is a viable option for compact reforming at high molar carbon to oxygen ratio while avoiding soot formation.
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This research was funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association Research and Promotion Council under grant number 1089-17EU .
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