Study of an integrated system for the production of hydrogen by autothermal reforming of methanol

Dimitrios Ipsakis, Panagiotis Kechagiopoulos, Christina Martavaltzi, Spyridon Voutetakis, Panos Seferlis, Prodromos Daoutidis, Fotis Stergiopoulos

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In this study a mathematical model is developed and evaluated in order to describe an experimental methanol fuel processor (a combination of autothermal reformer and preferential oxidation reactor) for the production of hydrogen to be used it as the main fuel of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) for the generation of 1kW electrical power. This integrated system has been studied from a theoretical and an experimental point of view where different parameters were studied in order to maximize hydrogen production and keep in a low content carbon monoxide. The main variables that are of concern in this study, are the temperature and the concentrations of the reactants and products as a function of the length of the reactors. By utilizing kinetic expressions developed for this catalytic system, the results of the simulations are found in good agreement with the results obtained from the experimental implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication17th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering
EditorsValentin Plesu, Paul Serban Agachi
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1570-7946

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The financial support by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of Greece (Ministry of Development) is gratefully acknowledged. This study is conducted in the framework of the research project Competitiveness-E-25, ‘’Production Unit of Electrical Energy with Fuel Cell and Usage of Methanol’’.


  • autothermal reforming
  • fuel cell
  • integrated systems
  • preferential oxidation


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