Reforming of hydrocarbon which is an important hydrogen production method proceeds in two steps, i.e. steam reforming and shift reaction. Due to different thermodynamics, the two reactions are conventionally conducted at different temperatures. This study examines one step methane reforming by use of proton-conducting electrochemical cell in combination with a reforming catalyst. Promotion of the reforming reaction was intended by extracting hydrogen via electrochemical hydrogen pumping with a proton conductor cell. In order to compensate for the slow kinetics of the steam reforming, a paper catalyst loaded with Ni was placed in front of the electrochemical cell. Electrolyte support cells were used to verify this concept, and the effect of the electrochemical hydrogen pump was investigated from the composition of the outlet gas. Electrode support cells using a thin film electrolyte was used to reduce overvoltage. It is demonstrated that the steam reforming reaction and the shift reaction take place in one electrochemical cell. Effective catalyst placement and energy efficiency is discussed.
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