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

Sebastian Thor Wismann, Jakob S. Engbæk, Søren Bastholm Vendelbo, Flemming B. Bendixen, Winnie L. Eriksen, Kim Aasberg-Petersen, Cathrine Frandsen, Ib Chorkendorff*, Peter Mølgaard Mortensen

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Abstract

Electrification of conventionally fired chemical reactors has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions and provide flexible and compact heat generation. Here, we describe 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. Intimate contact between the electric heat source and the reaction site drives the reaction close to thermal equilibrium, increases catalyst utilization, and limits unwanted byproduct formation. The integrated design with small characteristic length scales allows compact reactor designs, potentially 100 times smaller than current reformer platforms. Electrification of SMR offers a strong platform for new reactor design, scale, and implementation opportunities. Implemented on a global scale, this could correspond to a reduction of nearly 1% of all CO2 emissions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience
Volume364
Issue number6442
Pages (from-to)756-759
Number of pages4
ISSN0036-8075
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Wismann, S. T., Engbæk, J. S., Vendelbo, S. B., Bendixen, F. B., Eriksen, W. L., Aasberg-Petersen, K., ... Mortensen, P. M. (2019). Electrified methane reforming: A compact approach to greener industrial hydrogen production. Science, 364(6442), 756-759. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaw8775
Wismann, Sebastian Thor ; Engbæk, Jakob S. ; Vendelbo, Søren Bastholm ; Bendixen, Flemming B. ; Eriksen, Winnie L. ; Aasberg-Petersen, Kim ; Frandsen, Cathrine ; Chorkendorff, Ib ; Mortensen, Peter Mølgaard. / Electrified methane reforming: A compact approach to greener industrial hydrogen production. In: Science. 2019 ; Vol. 364, No. 6442. pp. 756-759.
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Wismann, ST, Engbæk, JS, Vendelbo, SB, Bendixen, FB, Eriksen, WL, Aasberg-Petersen, K, Frandsen, C, Chorkendorff, I & Mortensen, PM 2019, 'Electrified methane reforming: A compact approach to greener industrial hydrogen production', Science, vol. 364, no. 6442, pp. 756-759. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaw8775

Electrified methane reforming: A compact approach to greener industrial hydrogen production. / Wismann, Sebastian Thor; Engbæk, Jakob S.; Vendelbo, Søren Bastholm; Bendixen, Flemming B.; Eriksen, Winnie L.; Aasberg-Petersen, Kim; Frandsen, Cathrine; Chorkendorff, Ib; Mortensen, Peter Mølgaard.

In: Science, Vol. 364, No. 6442, 2019, p. 756-759.

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