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Hydrogen from formic acid

Formic acid is a non-hazardous liquid with the highest content of hydrogen from all the carboxyl acids. Our partner GCEE EPFL has found stable and efficient catalyst, which can release hydrogen from formic acid at elevated temperature. The company Granit SA is now investigating prototype of such chemical reactor for hydrogen production and ICP ZHAW contributes by detailed modeling of chemical and physical processes in the reactor.

Sample simulations

We performed numerical simulations with our model with parameter values available from the literature. Viscosity and catalyst loading determine direction of flow. Verification of the numerical simulations with measurements on reactor prototype is undergoing.

Temperature and velocity simulations of formic acid reactor.
Temperature and velocity simulations of formic acid reactor.

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Competence Center for Energy and Mobility
Competence Center for Energy and Mobility
Swisselectric Research
Swisselectric Research
  • CCEM
  • Swisselectric Research