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A Review of the CFD Modeling of Hydrogen Production in Catalytic Steam Reforming Reactors


Global demand for alternative renewable energy sources is increasing due to the consumption of fossil fuels and the increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Hydrogen (H2 ) from biomass gasification is a green energy segment among the alternative options, as it is environmentally friendly, renewable, and sustainable. Accordingly, researchers focus on conducting experiments and modeling the reforming reactions in conventional and membrane reactors. The construction of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models is an essential tool used by researchers to study the performance of reforming and membrane reactors for hydrogen production and the effect of operating parameters on the methane stream, improving processes for reforming untreated biogas in a catalyst-fixed bed and membrane reactors. This review article aims to provide a good CFD model overview of recent progress in catalyzing hydrogen production through various reactors, sustainable steam reforming systems, and carbon dioxide utilization. This article discusses some of the issues, challenges, and conceivable arrangements to aid the efficient generation of hydrogen from steam reforming catalytic reactions and membrane reactors of bioproducts and fossil fuels.

Funding source: This research was supported by the research office, United Arab Emirates University, UAE, Grant number 31N374.
Related subjects: Production & Supply Chain

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