Natural gas is reformed with air in a presence of high-voltage discharges (called GlidArc plasma) that assist the Partial Oxidation. Electric consumption for this non-catalytic reformer is less than 2% of the output H2+CO energy content. Recycling such a small portion of energy is, in our opinion, an acceptable compromise as active (and also very simple) GlidArc discharges play a role of an igniter and homogeneous phase catalyst; they also stabilize a post-plasma zone of our reformer. Here presented bench-scale 1-Liter reactor works at atmospheric pressure and needs less than 100 W of electric assistance to produce up to 1.4 m3(n)/h of pure H2+CO corresponding to about 4.5 kW of electric power of an ideal Fuel Cell fed by such SynGas. Up to 96% of natural gas is converted at up to 63% energetic efficiency and the total absence of soot. Our previous experiments with highly Sulfur-polluted feeds let us claim that our technology can be directly used at any H2S level in natural gas.
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GlidArc-Assisted Production of Synthesis Gas Through Partial Oxidation of Natural Gas
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Czernichowski, A, & Wesolowska, K. "GlidArc-Assisted Production of Synthesis Gas Through Partial Oxidation of Natural Gas." Proceedings of the ASME 2003 1st International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology. 1st International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference. Rochester, New York, USA. April 21–23, 2003. pp. 181-185. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FUELCELL2003-1717
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