Tayade, Prashant; Sapkal, Vilas; Rode, Chandrasekhar; Sapkal, Rajendra
March 2012
International Journal of Advances in Engineering & Technology;Mar2012, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p436
Academic Journal
In the unsafe horizon of pollution, global warming, and energy crises, all resulted owing to the fossil fuels, hydrogen fuel obtained by steam reforming of bio-derived ethanol (bioethanol), can be a strong candidate as a clean energy carrier based on the renewable sources of energy. In this paper, the key issues related to the steam reforming of bioethanol for the production hydrogen are discussed in the view of potential application of hydrogen for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell. The need for the development of catalyst for CO free production of hydrogen is emphasized to obtain a commercially viable bioethanol steam reforming system; also the commercial feasibility of hydrogen production is discussed. The proper distinguish has been done in the existing conventional reforming technologies and the new developed technologies along with catalyst developments. The commercial feasibility of reforming of ethanol or bioderived liquids (Bio-ethanol) is criticized by taking consideration of existing technologies of power production.


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