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Hydrogen generation utilizing integrated CO2 removal with steam reforming

United States Patent

July 23, 2013
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A steam reformer may comprise fluid inlet and outlet connections and have a substantially cylindrical geometry divided into reforming segments and reforming compartments extending longitudinally within the reformer, each being in fluid communication. With the fluid inlets and outlets. Further, methods for generating hydrogen may comprise steam reformation and material adsorption in one operation followed by regeneration of adsorbers in another operation. Cathode off-gas from a fuel cell may be used to regenerate and sweep the adsorbers, and the operations may cycle among a plurality of adsorption enhanced reformers to provide a continuous flow of hydrogen.
Duraiswamy; Kandaswamy (Huntington Beach, CA), Chellappa; Anand S. (Albuquerque, NM)
Intelligent Energy, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA)
13/ 516,185
December 14, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The invention was partly made with Government support under Contract No. DE-FG36-07GO17013 by the Department of Energy, and the United States Government may have certain rights in the invention.