In this chapter the key issues dealing with the coupling between a solar plant and a membrane enhanced hydrogen production process are reviewed, considering different processes like water electrolysis, thermochemical cycles and steam reforming. The improvements from the introduction of membranes in the chemical process are discussed, in terms of efficiency and costs of the whole solar-aided process, and in terms of the plant management. When comparing the different available process options, it is highlighted that major benefits can be obtained when the chemical plant is coupled with solar-thermal power plants equipped with suitable heat storage systems. © 2014 Woodhead Publishing Limited All rights reserved.
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Giaconia, A., & Caputo, G. (2013). Membrane technologies for solar-hydrogen production. In Membranes for Clean and Renewable Power Applications Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1533/9780857098658.5.325