Alternative process for gasoline fuel processors

TitleAlternative process for gasoline fuel processors
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKale, GR, Kulkarni, BD
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Date PublishedFEB
KeywordsAutothermal reforming, Dry autothermal reforming, hydrogen production, Isooctane reforming, Thermodynamic modeling

The article explores the thermodynamics of an alternate hydrogen generation process dry autothermal reforming and its comparison to autothermal reforming process of isooctane for use in gasoline fuel processors for SOFC. A thermodynamic analysis of isooctane as feed hydrocarbon for autothermal reforming and dry autothermal reforming processes for feed OCIR (oxygen to carbon in isooctane ratio) from 0.5 to 0.7 at 1 bar pressure under analogous thermoneutral operating conditions was done using Gibbs free energy minimization algorithm in HSC Chemistry. The trends in thermoneutral points (TNP), important product gas compositions at TNPs and fuel processor energy requirements were compared and analyzed. Dry autothermal reforming was identified as a less energy consuming alternative to autothermal reforming as the syngas can be produced with lower energy requirements at thermoneutral temperatures, making it a promising candidate for use in gasoline fuel processors to power the solid oxide fuel cells. The dry autothermal reforming process for syngas production can also be used for different fuels. (C) 2010 Professor T. Nejat Veziroglu. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type of Journal (Indian or Foreign)Foreign
Impact Factor (IF)4.64
Divison category: 
Chemical Engineering & Process Development