Optimization of a fluidized bed reactor for methane decomposition over Fe/Al2O3 catalysts: Activity and regeneration studies

Jing Xia Qian, Linga Enakonda, Wen Ju Wang, Daniel Gary, Pascal Del-Gallo, Jean-Marie Basset, Da Bin Liu, Lu Zhou

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Abstract

Catalytic methane decomposition was investigated over 40 wt% Fe/Al2O3 catalyst in fluidized bed reactor (FLBR). After optimization of FLBR conditions in terms of catalyst bulk density, particle size, minimum fluidization velocity, and the catalyst bed height, the catalyst activity and stability tests were conducted by comparison with a fixed bed reactor (FBR). Although a similar stable methane conversion was obtained over both reactors, the pressure drop during 35 min operation of FBR was 9 times higher than that of FLBR, which indicated the possibility of continuous operation of methane decomposition process over FLBR. Further, the influence of the space velocity, feed dilution and regeneration on catalysts reactivity was studied in FLBR to conclude that a reaction condition of 12 L/gcat∙h, feed of 20%H2–80%CH4 and CO2-regeneration of deactivated catalysts may be favourable for operating methane decomposition in FLBR continually and effectively to provide stable hydrogen.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31700-31711
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume44
Issue number60
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 7 2019

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