Experimental and thermodynamic study on sorption-enhanced steam reforming of toluene for H2 production using the mixture of Ni/perovskite-CaO

Zhonghui Zhang, Changlei Qin*, Zhiliang Ou, Hongqiang Xia, Jingyu Ran, Chunfei Wu

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It is known that a considerable amount of tar is usually generated in the biomass gasification process, and catalytic steam reforming is an effective method to remove this by-product. The coupling of in-situ CO2 capture in the process can further shift the forward reforming reaction and produce hydrogen with a high purity. In this work, sorption enhanced steam reforming (SESR) of toluene (as a model compound of biomass tar) was investigated thermodynamically and experimentally using the mechanically mixed Ni/perovskite catalyst and CaO sorbent. It is verified that the appropriate temperature is 650 °C under stoichiometric reaction (S/C = 2), and around 75% average H2 yield with a maximum H2 purity over 95% could be obtained. Moreover, the cyclic SESR-regeneration and characterization including XRD, SEM/EDS, TEM and XPS were carried out, and it shows a stable catalytic performance and compatibility of the Ni/perovskite catalyst in the SESR process for high-purity hydrogen production.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121447
Number of pages10
Early online date28 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful for financial support from National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 52076020 ), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 2020CDJQY-A050), Foundation of State Key Laboratory of High-efficiency Utilization of Coal and Green Chemical Engineering (No. 2021-K12), and Venture and Innovation Support Program for Chongqing Overseas Returnees (No. cx2017021).

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  • Biomass to hydrogen
  • Ni/perovskite catalyst
  • Sorption-enhance steam reforming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Organic Chemistry


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