(243b) Integrated Solar-Thermochemical Reactor/Gas Recuperator for Upgrading Light Hydrocarbons
AIChE Annual Meeting
2018 AIChE Annual Meeting
2018 International Congress on Energy
Solar Energy for Power Generation and Chemical Processing II
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 3:48pm to 4:06pm
Concerning the reduction of fossil-energy use from industrial processes and transportation, concentrated solar power from parabolic reflectors is well suited for driving highly endothermic reactions that valorize CO2 and/or light hydrocarbons. In this study, an openable, lab-scale, directly-irradiated, solar-thermochemical millireactor â integrated with gas recuperation architecture â is designed, built and tested under simulated sun. Coupled on a single plate, steam reformation of methane and water gas shift reactions are explored as a route to hydrogen production. It is shown that integrated reactor/recuperator technology has potential to efficiently utilize solar input for higher value chemical production (>50%), as well as reduce the capital cost of current state of the art solar-hydrogen systems.