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Sensors 2011, 11(2), 2246-2256; doi:10.3390/s110202246

Application of Flexible Micro Temperature Sensor in Oxidative Steam Reforming by a Methanol Micro Reformer

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yuan Ze Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan
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Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan Ze Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan
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Received: 4 January 2011 / Revised: 14 February 2011 / Accepted: 16 February 2011 / Published: 16 February 2011
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract

Advances in fuel cell applications reflect the ability of reformers to produce hydrogen. This work presents a flexible micro temperature sensor that is fabricated based on micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology and integrated into a flat micro methanol reformer to observe the conditions inside that reformer. The micro temperature sensor has higher accuracy and sensitivity than a conventionally adopted thermocouple. Despite various micro temperature sensor applications, integrated micro reformers are still relatively new. This work proposes a novel method for integrating micro methanol reformers and micro temperature sensors, subsequently increasing the methanol conversion rate and the hydrogen production rate by varying the fuel supply rate and the water/methanol ratio. Importantly, the proposed micro temperature sensor adequately controls the interior temperature during oxidative steam reforming of methanol (OSRM), with the relevant parameters optimized as well. View Full-Text
Keywords: micro reformer; micro temperature sensor; OSRM micro reformer; micro temperature sensor; OSRM
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Lee, C.-Y.; Lee, S.-J.; Shen, C.-C.; Yeh, C.-T.; Chang, C.-C.; Lo, Y.-M. Application of Flexible Micro Temperature Sensor in Oxidative Steam Reforming by a Methanol Micro Reformer. Sensors 2011, 11, 2246-2256.

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