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Wang and Hu Invent Alcohol Steam Reforming Method and Catalyst

October 2005
Congratulations to ETD's Yong Wang and Jianli Hu and Velocys' Lee Tonkovich for their U.S. patent award (#6,936,237). The patent is for methods of preparing a catalyst and using it in steam reformation of alcohols. The process converts methanol to hydrogen for use in hydrogen-powered vehicles. These vehicles would not need to carry hydrogen tanks because the alcohol would pass through a fuel processor converting alcohol to hydrogen gas. This could reduce carbon dioxide, sulfur oxide, and nitric oxide emissions. Congratulations again, team!

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