Liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) are able to store hydrogen stably and safely in liquid form. The carrier can be loaded or unloaded with hydrogen via catalytic reactions. However, the release reaction brings certain challenges. In addition to an enormous heat requirement, the released hydrogen is contaminated by traces of evaporated LOHC and by-products. Micro process engineering offers a promising approach to meet these challenges. In this paper, a micro-structured multi-stage reactor concept with an intermediate separation of hydrogen is presented for the application of perhydro-dibenzyltoluene dehydrogenation. Each reactor stage consists of a micro-structured radial flow reactor designed for multi-phase flow of LOHC and released hydrogen. The hydrogen is separated from the reactors’ gas phase effluent via PdAg-membranes, which are integrated into a micro-structured environment. Separate experiments were carried out to describe the kinetics of the reaction and the separation ability of the membrane. A model was developed, which was fed with these data to demonstrate the influence of intermediate separation on the efficiency of LOHC dehydrogenation.
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