Research Activities- TAKAMURA Hitoshi -

Development of high performance natural gas reforming system for residential-use fuel cells

To commercialize fuel cells for home use, it is required to develop hydrogen production technologies that can supply abundant high-purity hydrogen. Natural gas reforming is considered to be a most cost-effective and promising technique for hydrogen production. Instead of a steam reformer that have been well established, the purpose of this research project is to develop a high-performance natural gas reforming system, in which oxygen permeable ceramics and proton conductors are used for partial oxidation of methane and hydrogen separation, respectively. This system is expected to show higher efficiency compared to endothermic steam reformers. In addition to the high-performance oxygen permeable ceramics and proton conductors, the development of catalysts and thin-film fabrication techniques is also conducted in this research project.
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