Hydrogen-rich syngas production and carbon dioxide formation using aqueous urea solution in biogas steam reforming by thermodynamic analysis

Ke Wei Lin, Horng Wen Wu

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Abstract

Biogas is a renewable biofuel that contains a lot of CH4 and CO2. Biogas can be used to produce heat and electric power while reducing CH4, one of greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, it has been getting increasing academic attention. There are some application ways of biogas; biogas can produce hydrogen to feed a fuel cell by reforming process. Urea is also a hydrogen carrier and could produce hydrogen by steam reforming. This study then employes steam reforming of biogas and compares hydrogen-rich syngas production and carbon dioxide with various methane concentrations using steam and aqueous urea solution (AUS) by Thermodynamic analysis. The results show that the utilization of AUS as a replacement for steam enriches the production of H2 and CO and has a slight CO2 rise compared with pure biogas steam reforming at a temperature higher than 800 °C. However, CO2 formation is less than the initial CO2 in biogas. At the reaction temperature of 700 °C, carbon formation does not occur in the reforming process for steam/biogas ratios higher than 2. These conditions led to the highest H2, CO production, and reforming efficiency (about 125%). The results can be used as operation data for systems that combine biogas reforming and applied to solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), which usually operates between 700 °C to 900 °C to generate electric power in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11593-11604
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume45
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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