Optimization of a multi-tube annular membrane methanol reformer for fuel cell-powered vehicles

Wei Wu, Su Bo Yang, Bo Neng Chuang, Bin Shi

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A new multi-tube annular membrane methanol reformer (MTAMMR) integrated with the preheating system under sufficient consideration of the effect of heat integration presented. The MTAMMR consists of a bundle of annular membrane methanol reformers (AMMRs). The AMMR is a concentric annular cylinder to carry out the endothermic methanol steam reforming (MSR) and the exothermic preferential oxidation (PROX) reactions in the outer and the inner tubes, respectively. With the aid of the Pd-Cu membrane covered on the surface, the counter-current type AMMR under the proper operating conditions can ensure the high methanol conversion as well as the high hydrogen yield. Through a series of optimization algorithms for minimizing the weight of the MTAMMR as well as minimizing the total energy (electricity) demand of the preheating system, the lightest weight of MeOH-to-H2 processor is probably 95.5 kg. Finally, the conceptual methanol-electric hybrid power configuration demonstrated to promote the possibility of the MeOH-to-H2 processor applied for a hybrid power vehicle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-666
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 Applied Energy Symposium and Forum, Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage, CCUS 2018 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 2018 Jun 272018 Jun 29

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy(all)


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