The reforming performance of a plasma-catalyst hybrid converter using different low carbon fuels was investigated. The methodology was to use arc from spark discharge combined with an appropriate oxygen/carbon molar ratio (O2/C) and feeding rate of the supplied mixture. To enhance the mixing and reforming reaction, a gas intake swirl was generated by inducing the mixture tangentially into the reaction chamber. The required energy for fuel processing was provided by heat released through the oxidation of the air–fuel mixture. The reforming temperature as well as the effect of steam addition on the
hydrogen production was studied. The results showed that reformate gas temperature had a profound effect on the overall reaction. The H2/(CO + CO2) ratio reformed by both methane and propane was shown to increase with temperature and that the optimum ratio was obtained when reforming methane under 650 _C. The conversion efficiency of the fuel was also shown to increase with increaseng temperature. The best thermal efficiency of 72.01% was obtained near 750 _C. The theoretical equilibrium calculations and the experimental results were compared.