Autothermal reforming of n-dodecane and desulfurized Jet-A fuel for producing hydrogen-rich syngas

Xinhai Xu, Shuyang Zhang, Peiwen Li

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Catalytic reforming is a technology to produce hydrogen and syngas from heavy hydrocarbon fuels in order to supply hydrogen to fuel cells. A lab-scale 2.5 kWt autothermal reforming (ATR) system with a specially designed reformer and combined analysis of balance-of-plant was studied and tested in the present study. NiOeRh based bimetallic catalysts with promoters of Ce, K, and La were used in the reformer. The performance of the reformer was studied by checking the hydrogen selectivity, COx selectivity, and energy conversion efficiency at various operating temperatures, steam to carbon ratios, oxygen to carbon ratios, and reactants' inlet temperatures. The experimental work firstly tested ndodecane as the surrogate of Jet-A fuel to optimize operating conditions. After that, desulfurized commercial Jet-A fuel was tested at the optimized operating conditions. The design of the reformer and the catalyst are recommended for high performance Jet-A fuel reforming and hydrogen-rich syngas production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19593-19602
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number34
StatePublished - 2014


  • Autothermal reforming
  • Dodecane
  • Hydrogen
  • Jet fuel
  • Jet-a
  • Syngas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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