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Hydrogen from methanol for fuel cells in mobile systems - Development of a compact reformer


The application of fuel cells for road traction using methanol as a fuel requires compact, cheap reformers to convert methanol to hydrogen. A major effort is needed to develop such reformers.

The objective of this project is the development of a compact methanol reformer to produce hydrogen-rich gas as fuel for a low temperature fuel cell (proton exchange membrane fuel cell type) to be used for road traction.

The tasks are concentrated on :
- Investigating the production of a hydrogen-rich gas with a low CO content based on a heterogeneous catalytic system with a high dynamic stress stability in a mobile system.

- Developing a catalytic burner to use the anode flue gas (low hydrogen content) as a heat source for the endothermic methanol reforming process.
- Design and basic engineering for a compact reformer integrated with the catalytic burner utilizing off-gases from the anode, with methanol as fuel, adapted to the boundary conditions of a mobile system with a PEM-FC and an electric motor for vehicles (15-20 kWe) Main topics are (Haldor Tops e, DK and KFA Jülich, DE) :

- the calculation of balances concerning the reformer and CO conversion as a part of the total system;
- reformer, in particular reformer and CO reforming catalysts; - gas treatment; - catalytic burner; - compact reformer.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts


Haldor Topsøe A/S
2800 Lyngby

Participants (1)

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich