IEA HIA Task 23

IEA HIA Annex 23 - Small-Scale Reformers for on-Site Hydrogen Supply (SSR for Hydrogen)

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Operating Agent: Dr. Ingrid Schjolberg, SINTEF  (ingrid.schjolberg@sintef.no)

Term:  Task 23 was launched in October 2006 for a three year term that will conclude in December 2009.

Purpose and Objectives:  The purpose of Task 23 is to provide a basis for harmonization of the technology for on-site hydrogen production from hydrocarbons (fossil and renewables).  The objectives of this task are: 

  • To develop a basis of understanding for harmonizing the capacities for the on-site hydrogen unit

  • To identify and examine issues related to the promotion of widespread use of on-site hydrogen reformer units

  • To develop a global market guide for on-site hydrogen reformers

  • To describe the technology link to renewable sources

Background:  The outcome of Task 16 Subtask C - Small Stationary Reformers for Distributed Hydrogen Production provided the starting point for Task 23.  The objective of Subtask C was to define system solutions for early markets by evaluating the reformer technology from two angles:  market requirements and technology performance. A number of challenges were identified in system integration and optimization of various components -- gas storage, control units, and hydrogen dispensers.  Subtask C identified a strong need to continue the harmonized effort to develop on-site reforming for efficient and clean hydrogen.  For further information please see the Subtask C Final Report  http://www.ieahia.org/pdfs/finalreports/Task16CFinal.pdf.

Description:  Task 23 has three subtasks, which are listed and described below.

Subtask 1 - Harmonized Industrialization:  The main objective of this subtask is to develop the understanding necessary for a harmonized approach to reformer capacity. 

Subtask 1 will discuss and provide recommendations on the type of conversion technology required to achieve industrialization.  It will study how the different conversion technologies will influence sizing, capacity, and footprint. It will also identify the physical limitations and boundary conditions due to feedstock, pressure, feed quality, etc.  Approval issues and customer requirements will also be identified.

Subtask 2 - Sustainability and Renewable Sources  (Subtask Leader:  Corfitz Nelsson, SGC)

The main objective of this subtask is to foster understanding of a sustainable on-site hydrogen production supply based on small-scale reformer technology.

The approach is to develop systems for fuel diversification and use of renewables.  In addition, this subtask will address management of on-site emissions.

Subtask 3 - Market Studies (Subtask Leader: Isamu Yasada, Tokoyo Gas)

The objective of this subtask is to facilitate and support market development by dissemination of technology information.

This subtask intends to define three cases with different market characteristics to be used as the basis of a market study.  Possible cases include Japan, Northern Europe and part of the U.S. 

Participants

The current task participant list includes:

Member

Organization

Denmark

Haldor Topsoe

Germany

IGS Mahler

France

Gaz de France

Netherlands

Shell Global Solutions

Japan

Tokyo Gas

Norway

Norsk Hydro

Norway

Statoil

Netherlands

HyGear

EU

JRC

Norway

SINTEF

Norway

IFE

Netherlands

ECN

Sweden

SGC

France

N-GHY

France

H2Plus Ltd

U.S.

PNNL

Progress:  The kickoff meeting for this task was in October, 2006 in Hamburg. The work plan for each subtask is on schedule.