Materials challenges in hydrogen production from hydrocarbons

C. M. Chun, F. Hershkowitz, T. A. Ramanarayanan

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Currently, about 80 pct. of hydrogen is produced from natural gas alone by Steam Methane Reforming (SMR), Partial Oxidation (POX) and Autothermal Reforming (ATR) in the form of syngas which is mainly a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Produced hydrogen is predominantly used to manufacture basic chemicals such as ammonia and methanol and to upgrade petroleum products and oils in refining processes. There are many corrosion related materials challenges in industrial processes for syngas production from fossil fuels. This paper examines these challenges with particular emphasis on a high temperature material degradation phenomenon termed "metal dusting". Control strategies to combat this form of corrosion are also outlined. Also included are materials challenges related to ExxonMobil's advanced steam reforming process known as Pressure Swing Reforming (PSR). This technology is a new way to make syngas from gaseous as well as liquid hydrocarbons and can be utilized in different process scenarios ranging from on-board vehicle reforming to industrial syngas production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHydrogen Production, Transport, and Storage 3
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781566777520
ISBN (Print)9781607681021
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
ISSN (Print)1938-5862
ISSN (Electronic)1938-6737

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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