Scientists have made a breakthrough in hydrogen production technology
Breakthrough in Clean Hydrogen Production Technology
Chemical transformations usually occur as a result of mixing and heating several reagents. it leads to a loss of reagents, incomplete conversion, and the final products form a mixture that must be separated.
Scientists from Newcastle University have developed new reactor that prevents mixing of gases by transferring oxygen between reactant streams through a continuous oxygen reservoir.
The operation of the reactor is based on the interaction between water and carbon monoxide, resulting in the formation of hydrogen and carbon dioxide. When this the system prevents the ingress of CO and CO2 into the pure hydrogen stream, which allows avoid contamination of the final product.
The team managed to achieve of this from help unique reservoir designed to remain close to equilibrium with respect to reactant gas streams that follow their reaction path and thus maintain «chemical memory of states».
Standard methods for the production of H2 require two reactors and separation, and the invented technology fulfills all it is in one installation. Scientists also argue that the presented concept is not applicable only to the production of hydrogen, but also to others processes.