The Design and Performance of a Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Reactor

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Title:
The Design and Performance of a Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Reactor
Physical Description:
1 online resource (85 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Martin, Brian L
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Master's ( M.S.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Committee Chair:
KLAUSNER,JAMES F
Committee Co-Chair:
HAHN,DAVID WORTHINGTON

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
ceria -- hydrogen -- reactor -- solar -- thermochemical
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Mechanical Engineering thesis, M.S.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Solar energy is an attractive way to provide energy, and storing that energy as a fuel provides greater flexibility for power delivery. One potential method of solar fuel production is to use cerium oxide, which can be oxidized at high temperatures of 1200 degrees Celsius by water, leaving hydrogen. The cerium oxide can then be reduced at even higher temperatures of 1450 degrees Celsius, driving off oxygen and starting the cycle all over again. A 10kW prototype solar cavity receiver has been designed to evaluate this reaction as a means to produce solar fuels. It has been designed in such a way to limit heat losses, contain the reaction, and maximize efficiency. The reactor was built at the University of Florida Solar Simulator facility. It was tested for thermal performance, and tested with two different reactive cerium oxide bed configurations. The peak efficiency rate returned was 1.18%. The reactor functioned, but there is room for improvement. This includes using reactor materials that are more thermally shock resistant and minimizing dead space in the reactor such that reactive mass can be maximized.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Brian L Martin.
Thesis:
Thesis (M.S.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: KLAUSNER,JAMES F.
Local:
Co-adviser: HAHN,DAVID WORTHINGTON.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-05-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046797:00001