Hydrogen production by water splitting on manganese ferrite-sodium carbonate mixture: Feasibility tests in a packed bed solar reactor-receiver

Francesca Varsano, Maria Anna Murmura, Bruno Brunetti, Franco Padella, Aurelio La Barbera, Carlo Alvani, Maria Cristina Annesini

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The sodium manganese mixed ferrite thermochemical cycle Na(Mn1/3Fe2/3)O2/(MnFe2O4+ Na2CO3) for sustainable hydrogen production has been implemented in a solar reactor-receiver, packed with indirectly heated MnFe2O4/Na2CO3mixture pellets, with the aim of verifying its feasibility and of determining the critical aspects of the process. The reactor operates at nearly constant temperature in the range 750-800 °C; the shift between the hydrogen-producing and regeneration steps is obtained by switching the reactive gas from water to carbon dioxide. Hydrogen produced during 1-h operation of the reactor is in the range of 130-460 μmol/g of mixture, depending on experimental conditions. Compared to other existing prototypes, the implemented process obtains comparable production efficiencies while operating at lower temperature both in the hydrogen production and regeneration phases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20920 - 20929
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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