Simple scalable approach to advanced membrane module design and hydrogen separation performance using twelve replaceable palladium-coated Al2O3 hollow fibre membranes

Soomin Lim, Edoardo Magnone, Min Chang Shin, Jeong Won Kang, Kwan Young Lee, Chang Hun Jeong, Jung Hoon Park

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Abstract

A phase-inversion approach was used to manufacture Al2O3 hollow fibre supports, which were then sintered at 1723 K. The electroless plating technique is developed to prepare palladium-coated Al2O3 hollow fibre membranes for hydrogen separation. Three different scaling-up configurations were produced and tested: single membrane, membrane unit obtained by assembling three membranes, and advanced membrane module obtained by assembling twelve replaceable membranes. The hydrogen flux was investigated under vacuum and without vacuum using a feed gas of pure H2 (100%) and a binary feed gas mixture of H2 (80%) and CO2 (20%) at different feed gas pressures (100–800 kPa), feed gas rate (0.2–6.0 L min−1), and temperature (673–723 K). The hydrogen flux increases from 0.2162 mol m−2 s−1 (feed gas pressure = 600 kPa, feed gas rate = 0.2 L min−1) to 0.4487 mol m−2 s−1 (feed gas pressure = 800 kPa, feed gas rate = 6.0 L min−1) under the binary gas mixture at 723 K by switching from a single to the advanced membrane module, while the hydrogen purity remains above 97.5% throughout the experiment. Some aspects about the scalability of palladium-coated Al2O3 hollow fibre membranes for hydrogen separation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-401
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Volume114
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct 25

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) through R&D Project for Management of Atmosphere environment Program, funded by Korea Ministry of Environment (MOE) [Grant number 202103386 ; Technology development of hydrogen purification membrane separation demonstration for blue hydrogen station]; the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korean Government (MSIP) [gran number NRF- 2019M3E6A1064876 ]; and Korea Electric Power Corporation (Grant number: R21XA01-30 ). The authors would like to thank the reviewers for their time, knowledge, and effort in evaluating this paper. S. Lim and E. Magnone should be considered co-first authors.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry

Keywords

  • AlO hollow fibre supports
  • Electroless plating process
  • Hydrogen separation properties
  • Membrane module design
  • Palladium coatings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering

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