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Dynamic response of a methanol reformer for transport: real time simulator and experimental validation

Objective

The fuel most likely to be used in fuel cell driven cars is methanol. It

The main experimental tasks will be:
1. Catalysts formulation for methanol steam reformer and carbon monoxide methanation: selective methanation will be preferred to partial oxidation of CO. A number of new formulations will be characterized and tested.
2. Mathematical modelling of the whole system 3. Optimization of components: instruments, control system and system lay-out, to reach compact and light reformer with fast response time.

4. Test runs at transient and steady state conditions.

5. Validation of the simulator: the data obtained with the reformer test runs and single components performances will be interpreted by the simulator and converted into information for further optimization.
The real-time simulator will be a modular package developed by ARI from a commercial mathematical code to facilitate modelling of the dynamics of methanol reformer system.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ANSALDO RICERCHE SPA*
Address
Corso Perrone 25
16152 Genova
Italy

Participants (4)

STAZIONE SPERIMENTALE PER I COMBUSTIBILI SPA
Italy
Address
Viale Alcide De Gasperi 3
20097 San Donato Milanese
Tecnologie Avanzate, Ricerca e Sviluppo SrL
Italy
Address
Via Pionieri Del Commercio Barese
70123 Bari
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
Address
Plassey Technological Park
61 Limerick
Universidad de Barcelona
Spain
Address
Zona Universitaria De Pedralbes
08028 Barcelona