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GlidArc-Assisted Production of Synthesis Gas Through Partial Oxidation of Natural Gas

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Albin Czernichowski, Krystyna Wesolowska

Etudes Chimiques et Physiques (ECP), La Ferté Saint Aubin, France

Paper No. FUELCELL2003-1717, pp. 181-185; 5 pages
  • 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
  • Conference Sponsors: Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3668-1
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


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 H2 S level in natural gas.

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