Systematic framework for economic evaluation of hydrogen production strategies

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Kristin H. McGlocklin,, Norman E. Sammons Jr.,, Wei Yuan,, Jennifer L. Wilder,, and Mario Richard Eden, Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, 212 Ross Hall, Auburn, AL 36849-5127
Experimental researchers in the Consortium for Fossil Fuel Science (CFFS) are developing novel technologies for hydrogen production and storage, however the economic and environmental viability of the technologies are mostly evaluated separately rather than in an integrated manner. A generic, robust optimization framework has been developed that enables identification of economically optimal production schemes for carbon resource processing in hydrogen polygeneration plants. Process models have been developed for a variety of hydrogen production schemes. Using process integration techniques and advanced computer-aided tools, the systems have been optimized and the economic potential of the technologies evaluated. Several reforming techniques including two developed within CFFS have been studied for small and large scale production of hydrogen. Models have been developed for partial oxidation, steam and autothermal reforming of a variety of hydrocarbon resources. In addition, data provided by other researchers in CFFS has been used to build similar models for super critical water reforming and dry reforming.