Two hybrid solar/fossil-fuel endothermic processes, in which fossil fuels are used exclusively as the chemical source for H2 production, and solar energy as the source of high temperature process heat, are considered: 1) the solar thermal decomposition; and 2) the solar steam gasification/reforming. These processes offer viable and efficient routes for fossil fuel decarbonization and CO2 avoidance. The advantages of the solar-driven process are three-folded: a) the discharge of pollutants is avoided; b) the gaseous products are not contaminated; and c) the calorific value of the fuel is upgraded.
Hydrogen Production Via the Solar Thermal Decarbonization of Fossil Fuels
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v. Zedtwitz, P, Hirsch, D, & Steinfeld, A. "Hydrogen Production Via the Solar Thermal Decarbonization of Fossil Fuels." Proceedings of the ASME 2003 International Solar Energy Conference. Solar Energy. Kohala Coast, Hawaii, USA. March 15–18, 2003. pp. 107-109. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ISEC2003-44031
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