New ceramic microreactors to change propane into hydrogen!

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Do you know ceramic micro-reactors can reform hydrocarbon fuels into hydrogen? This is exactly what scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have designed and built.

The new ceramic micro-reactors can reform propane into hydrogen, which can easily be used in fuel cells and other portable power sources
— like small appliances, laptop computers and on-site rechargers for battery packs used by the military.

Paul Kenis, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Illinois said,

The catalytic reforming of hydrocarbon fuels offers a nice solution to supplying hydrogen to fuel cells while avoiding safety and storage issues related to gaseous hydrogen.

Via: Eurekalert
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