Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

Chemical Engineering

First Advisor

John W Weidner

Abstract

Hydrogen is considered a key element in solving the upcoming energy crisis, it is not the primary fuel source but an 'energy carrier' similar to electricity and has to be produced using some other hydrogen rich source. Thermochemical water decomposition is a promising alternative to steam-methane reforming and electrolytic water splitting for a sustainable method of large-scale hydrogen production. The Copper-Chlorine thermochemical cycle is one of prime contenders among all the other thermochemical cycles being studied because of its low energy requirements compared to others and mild operating conditions, therefore making it available to be readily integrated to the available nuclear reactors or solar energy installations.

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