The chemical reactor for the decomposition of sulphuric acid for the hybrid sulphur process / Martin-David Coetzee
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The utilisation of alternate sources of energy has reached critical levels due to the constantly growing demand for energy and the diminishing of fossil fuels. The production of hydrogen through the Hybrid Sulphur process is a possible alternative that may contribute towards alleviating the pressure on the world's energy resources. The two-step thermochemical cycle for decomposing water into hydrogen and oxygen offers the potential to obtain acceptable thermal efficiencies, while still using common and inexpensive chemicals. The process mainly makes use of two unit process operations: an electrolyser and a chemical decomposition reactor. This research project focuses on the concept design of the decomposition reactor operated adiabatically as a multi-stage reactor system with inter-stage heating, in order to simplify the reactor design. This approach allows for the independent evaluation of the reaction kinetics and the heat transfer mechanism.
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