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Title: Thermodynamic assessment of an electrically-enhanced thermochemical hydrogen production (EETHP) concept for renewable hydrogen generation

A novel concept for coupling a thermochemical cycle with an electrochemical separation device for the generation of hydrogen from steam is reported and a thermodynamic analysis of the system is presented. In a conventional thermochemical cycle, an oxygen carrier material is thermally reduced, cooled, and then reoxidized in steam thereby generating hydrogen. However, this process often requires high temperatures (>1700 K) and/or low oxygen partial pressures (<0.001 atm) in order to meet thermodynamic requirements. Such extreme conditions can adversely affect the stability of the reactive oxides, reactor materials, and system efficiency. In our proposed technology, we seek to decrease the required reduction temperature by several hundred degrees Kelvin by relaxing the requirement for spontaneous oxidation reaction at atmospheric pressure. This is accomplished by incorporating a proton-conducting membrane (PCM) to separate hydrogen produced at equilibrium concentrations from reactant steam. We also suggest the use of mixed ionic-electronic conducting (MIEC) oxygen carrier materials that reduce through a continuum of oxidation states at lower temperatures (~1200 °C). In conclusion, this concept allows the generation of a high-quality hydrogen stream while avoiding the challenging high temperatures/low partial pressures required in conventional water-splitting reaction schemes.
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0360-3199; 661677
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 42; Journal Issue: 21; Journal ID: ISSN 0360-3199
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
08 HYDROGEN; Thermochemical; Electrochemical; Proton conductor; Hydrogen; Thermodynamic; Analysis
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OSTI ID: 1414792