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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.

Publications

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    Multi-phase modeling of a hydrogen generator coupled to a PEM fuel cell

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    In: 13th Symposium on Modeling & Experimental Validation of Fuel Cells, Batteries and Electrolysers Lausanne: Switzerland.

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    Multi-phase modeling of non-isothermal reactive flow in fluidized bed reactors

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    In: XXII International conference on Chemical Reactors London: Great Britain.

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    Generalization of a multi-phase modeling of fluidized bed reactors

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    In: 8th International Conference on Computational and Experimental Methods in Multiphase and Complex Flow. Book of abstracts. Valencie: MPF 2015.

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    Modelling of reactive multiphase ow and heat transfer in uidized bed reactor

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    In: Workshop on MOdel REduction. Books of abstracts. Pilsen: MORE.

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    Multi-phase modeling of heterogeneous catalysis in a fluidized bed reactor

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    In: 7th International Workshop and Summer School on Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics (IWNET 2015). Book of abstracts. Hilvarenbeek: IWNET.

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    Multi-phase modeling of non-isothermal reactive flow in fluidized bed reactors

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    Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 289 282–295. Peer reviewed.

Funding

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