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A chemical looping process for hydrogen production using iron-containing perovskites

Lookup NU author(s): Arul Murugan, Dr Alan Thursfield, Professor Ian Metcalfe


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A comparison is made between La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-delta and La0.7Sr0.3FeO3-delta perovskite-type oxides, co-precipitated iron oxide (60% Fe2O3/Al2O3) and supported nickel oxide (20% NiO/Al2O3) as oxygen carrier materials for the water-gas shift reaction in a chemical looping process with the goal of steady production of hydrogen over more than 100 redox cycles. A temperature programmed survey of redox activity over five cycles was used to confirm the potential of the materials as oxygen carriers for this reaction and give some idea of appropriate temperatures for operation. Isothermal redox cycles at 850 degrees C were performed with the most promising materials, 60% Fe2O3/Al2O3 and La0.7Sr0.3FeO3-delta. Initially the 60% Fe2O3/Al2O3 produced over double the amount of hydrogen (on a mass basis) compared to La0.7Sr0.3FeO3-delta, but following 150 cycles performances from both materials were similar. More importantly, the perovskite material showed a steady hydrogen production over more than 100 cycles whereas the 60% Fe2O3/Al2O3 never showed steady hydrogen production. It can be concluded that La0.7Sr0.3FeO3-(delta) is an attractive material for the chemical looping water-gas shift process.

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Author(s): Murugan A, Thursfield A, Metcalfe IS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Energy & Environmental Science

Year: 2011

Volume: 4

Issue: 11

Pages: 4639-4649

Print publication date: 15/09/2011

Date deposited: 14/03/2012

ISSN (print): 1754-5692

ISSN (electronic): 1754-5706

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry


DOI: 10.1039/c1ee02142g


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