Scientists have made a breakthrough in hydrogen production technology

Scientists have made a breakthrough in hydrogen production technology

Breakthrough in Clean Hydrogen Production Technology

Team researchers invented the first thermodynamically reversible chemical reactor, which the produces pure hydrogen that does not require subsequent cleaning.

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».

Scientists have made a breakthrough in hydrogen production technology

Researchers showed, what «turning over» reservoir like a switch, can achieve high conversion in system, where carbon dioxide and hydrogen are formed at both ends of the reactor in pure form.

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.

Previously, we also reported on Tom, that scientists have improved the technology of electrolysis of seawater.

text: Ilya Bauer, a photo: naked-science, Newcastle University

Scientists have made a breakthrough in hydrogen production technology

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