Application of aspen plus to renewable hydrogen production from glycerol by steam reforming


INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol.45, no.5, pp.3509-3515, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2019.02.106
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, Artic & Antarctic Regions, Chimica, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Environment Index, INSPEC
  • Page Numbers: pp.3509-3515
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


Steam reforming is the most favored method for the production of hydrogen. Hydrogen is mostly manufactured by using steam reforming of natural gas. Due to the negative environmental impact and energy politics, alternative hydrogen production methods are being explored. Glycerol is one of the bio-based alternative feedstock for hydrogen production. This study is aimed to simulate hydrogen production from glycerol by using Aspen Plus. First of all, the convenient reactor type was determined. RPlug reactor exhibited the highest performance for the hydrogen production. A thermodynamic model was determined according to the formation of byproduct. The reaction temperature, water/glycerol molar feed ratio as reaction parameters and reactor pressure were investigated on the conversion of glycerol and yield of hydrogen. Optimum reaction parameters are determined as 500 degrees C of reaction temperature, 9:1 of water to glycerol ratio and 1 atm of pressure. Reactor design was also examined. Optimum reactor diameter and reactor length values were determined as 5 m and 50 m, respectively. Hydrogen purification was studied and 99.9% purity of H(2)was obtained at 25 bar and 40 degrees C. The obtained results were shown that Aspen Plus has been successfully applied to investigate the effects of reaction parameters and reactor sizing for hydrogen production from glycerol steam reforming. (C) 2019 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.