Distillate fuel preprocessor and reformer for fuel cell applications

Mehdi Namazian, Siva Sethuraman, Guha Venkataraman, Chunshan Song

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Distillate fuels are the fuel of choice for several FC markets. However, reforming distillate fuels is a challenge due to carbon residue and sulfur issues. To overcome these challenges, Altex and Penn State University (PSU) have developed the Distillate Fuel Preprocessor and Reformer (DFPPR) that can reliably transform distillate fuels into a reformate suitable for fuel cells. The success of DFPPR is in its approach, which preprocesses the fuel ahead of reforming. The fuel preprocessor (FPP) includes a fractionator followed by a desulfurizer. FPP removes the fuel sulfur and the majority of its carbon producing compounds and diverts them to a burner, where they are burned to produce heat needed for steam reforming. The clean fuel from the FPP is then converted to a reformate suitable for the specific fuel cell that best fits the application. The presentation will include the performance of different size fractionators, desulfurizers and reformer components and their integration into FPP and DFPPR systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAbstracts of Papers - 232nd American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event232nd American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 10 2006Sep 14 2006

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Other232nd American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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