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Autothermal and partial oxidation reformer-based fuel processor, method for improving catalyst function in autothermal and partial oxidation reformer-based processors

United States Patent

January 8, 2013
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The invention provides a fuel processor comprising a linear flow structure having an upstream portion and a downstream portion; a first catalyst supported at the upstream portion; and a second catalyst supported at the downstream portion, wherein the first catalyst is in fluid communication with the second catalyst. Also provided is a method for reforming fuel, the method comprising contacting the fuel to an oxidation catalyst so as to partially oxidize the fuel and generate heat; warming incoming fuel with the heat while simultaneously warming a reforming catalyst with the heat; and reacting the partially oxidized fuel with steam using the reforming catalyst.
Ahmed; Shabbir (Naperville, IL), Papadias; Dionissios D. (Chicago, IL), Lee; Sheldon H. D. (Willowbrook, IL), Ahluwalia; Rajesh K. (Burr Ridge, IL)
UChicago Argonne, LLC (Chicago, IL)
12/ 582,559
October 20, 2009
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 between the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Chicago representing Argonne National Laboratory.