2Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST)
Hydrogen was produced by steam reforming of dimethyl ether (DME) using a physical mixture of commercial HZSM-5 zeolite (for DME hydrolyzing) and Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 (for methanol steam reforming) as a catalyst in a fixed bed reactor. The experiments were performed at atmospheric pressure and in a temperature range from 270 to 310 °C. The effects of feed temperature and gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) between 2420 and 4615 h−1 on DME conversion and H2 and CO concentrations in the gas-phase products were investigated. In addition, the temperature changes along the catalyst bed were measured. The results showed that DME conversion increased with increasing temperature, and also, DME conversion decreased with increasing GHSV. Finally, a homogeneous one-dimensional model was used to model the reactor of hydrogen production by steam reforming of DME. The predicted temperature profile along the catalyst bed and conversion were compared with the experimental data. The model results and experimental data were found to be in good agreement.
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