Project aims and fields of work

SusFuelCat aims at improving the production of hydrogen during the catalytic aqueous phase reforming process (APR), as this process guarantees a high degree of energy efficiency.

This requires the following steps:

  • Tuning model catalytic materials for their properties
  • Detailed in-situ und ex-situ material characterization
  • Combining computational, in-situ kinetic and long-term experiments
  • Testing of model and real raw material feedstock
  • Rational catalyst design geared by industrial key performance indicators


Advantages of the APR process:

  • Comparatively low process temperatures and moderate pressure can be used to convert aqueous or water-soluble biogenic base materials into hydrogen that contains scarcely any contamination
  • This eliminates the energy-intensive drying process for biomass


The goals of SusFuelCat are:

  • Production of almost carbon monoxide free hydrogen
  • Highly active catalyst with high selectivity towards hydrogen
  • Achieving a long but monitored service life for the catalytic converters; carbon-based carrier materials such as nanotubes or activated carbons will be used. These offer greater long-term stability and make it easier to use environmentally friendly methods for recycling the metals
  • Reducing the costs of catalytic converters – this also includes reducing or replacing the use of expensive noble metals such as platinum or palladium
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