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Fast startup in autothermal reformers

United States Patent Application

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Startup of autothermal reformers for hydrogen production in simplified by providing a first, ATR catalyst bed (14) containing a low-temperature-lightoff catalyst and a second catalyst in a second bed (16), or in a second part of the first bed (14), which is a better steam reforming catalyst. The combination is an effective solution for the startup needs of small or mobile steam reformers.
Shi, Yanlong (Littleton, MA), Zhao, Jian Lian (Boston, MA)
10/ 534,685
July 1, 2005
[0002] The invention was supported, in whole or in part, by a grant FC02-99EE50580 from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.