Methanol reformer development and testing for integration with a high temperature PEM fuel cell

H. Uusalo, S. Auvinen, J. Viitakangas, J. Pennanen, J. Ihonen, P. Simell

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the development work of a methanol steam reformer test bench and the reformer design work. The newly developed reforming catalyst will operate at 180 °C, which enables the use of the waste heat from a high temperature PEM fuel cell for the reformer process. The structure and functionalities of the modular test bench are described. The reformer design work is presented, including the limitations brought by the heat transfer and low operation temperature. Based on this work the steps needed to produce a fuel cell - reformer integrated prototype are identified and presented.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEFC 2013 - Proceedings of the 5th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference
    EditorsViviana Cigolotti, Chiara Barchiesi, Michela Chianella
    Pages49-50
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Electronic)978-888286297-8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
    Event5th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference and Exhibition, EFC 2013 - Rome, Italy
    Duration: 11 Dec 201313 Dec 2013

    Conference

    Conference5th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference and Exhibition, EFC 2013
    CountryItaly
    CityRome
    Period11/12/1313/12/13

    Keywords

    • High temperature PEM fuel cell
    • Methanol steam reformer
    • Reformer design
    • Test bench development

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