Electrified methane reforming: A compact approach to greener industrial hydrogen production


S.T. Wismann, J.S. Engbæk, S.B. Vendelbo, F.B. Bendixen, W.L. Eriksen, K. Aasberg-Petersen, C. Frandsen, Ib Chorkendorff, P.M. Mortensen

Researchers from the Technical University of Denmark and Haldor Topsoe, with colleagues from the Danish Technological Institute and Sintex have developed a disruptive approach to a fundamental process by integrating an electrically heated catalytic structure directly into a steam-methane–reforming (SMR) reactor for hydrogen production. The integrated design with small characteristic length scales allows compact reactor designs, potentially 100 times smaller than current reformer platforms. SMR Implemented on a global scale, could correspond to a reduction of nearly 1% of all CO2 emissions.

A paper describing their approach is published in the journal Science doi: 10.1126/science.aaw8775

Science Vol. 364, Issue 6442, pp. 756-759 (2019)

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