Hydrogen Memory Reactor

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Hydrogen Memory Reactor

All real processes, be they chemical, mechanical or electrical, are thermodynamically irreversible and therefore suffer from thermodynamic losses. Here we design and operate a chemical reactor capable of achieving thermodynamically-reversible operation. We apply this reactor to the pressing clean-energy problem of efficient hydrogen production via the water-gas shift reaction. The reactor avoids mixing reactant gases by transferring oxygen between reactant streams via a solid state oxygen reservoir. This reservoir is designed to remain close to equilibrium with the reacting gas streams as they follow their reaction trajectory and thus retains a ‘chemical memory’ of the conditions to which it has been exposed.

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Contributor: Ian Metcalfe
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Date Added: 27 Mar 2018
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