Methane steam reforming using a membrane reactor equipped with a Pd-based composite membrane for effective hydrogen production

Chang Hyun Kim, Jae Yun Han, Hankwon Lim, Kwan Young Lee, Shin Kun Ryi

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Herein, a methane steam reforming (MSR) reaction was carried out using a Pd composite membrane reactor packed with a commercial Ru/Al2O3 catalyst under mild operating conditions, to produce hydrogen with CO2 capture. The Pd composite membrane was fabricated on a tubular stainless steel support by the electroless plating (ELP) method. The membrane exhibited a hydrogen permeance of 2.26 × 10-3 mol m2 s-1 Pa-0.5, H2/N2 selectivity of 145 at 773 K, and pressure difference of 20.3 kPa. The MSR reaction, which was carried out at steam to carbon ratio (S/C) = 3.0, gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) = 1700 h-1, and 773 K, showed that methane conversion increased with the pressure difference and reached 79.5% at ΔP = 506 kPa. This value was 1.9 time higher than the equilibrium value at 773 K and 101 kPa. Comparing with the previous studies which introduced sweeping gas for low hydrogen partial pressure in the permeate stream, very high pressure difference (2500-2900 kPa) for increase of hydrogen recovery and very low GHSV (<150) for increase hydraulic retention time (HRT), our result was worthy of notice. The gas composition monitored during the long-term stability test showed that the permeate side was composed of 97.8 vol% H2, and the retentate side contained 67.8 vol% CO2 with 22.2 vol% CH4. When energy was recovered by CH4 combustion in the retentate streams, pre-combustion carbon capture was accomplished using the Pd-based composite membrane reactor.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017


  • Hydrogen
  • Long-term stability
  • Membrane reactor
  • Methane steam reforming
  • Pd-based membrane
  • Pre-combustion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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