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Clean Hydrogen Partnership

Integrated low temperature methanol steam reforming and high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell

Hydrogen is foreseen to be the energy vector of the future. However, there are still significant barriers to store and transport hydrogen, especially in small portable applications. The success of a portable Fuel Cell system depends to a large extent on the fuel supply that should be accomplished in a cost-effective and comfortable manner.
The present project proposes a power supply comprising a methanol steam reformer and high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (HT-PEMFC) operating at the same temperature. The heat integration of these two units originates an increase of up to 14% of the overall efficiency; when reformer and fuel cell operate at the same temperature, the heat involved in the endothermic steam reforming reaction can be supplied by the highly exothermic fuel cell. Moreover, the heat integration also originates a much simpler and compact unit and then robust power supply that can meet and exceed the targets defined by the project call. Because the catalyst characteristics and the low operating temperature, the reformer originates a reformate stream poor in CO (Topic:SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.4.4: Research, development and demonstration of new portable Fuel Cell systems


Organisation Universidade do Porto (UPorto), Portugal


Mr Adélio MENDES

Other participating organisations:

Organisation Country
Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) Germany
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus (VTT) Finland
SerEnergy A/S Denmark
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (ITM-CNR) Italy
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPVLC-ITQ) Spain
Inovamais - Servià§os de Consultadoria em Inovaà§óo Tecnológica S.A. (INOVA+) Portugal
RHODIA Operations (Rhodia) France