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Applications and limitations of two step metal oxide thermochemical redox cycles; a review

Bulfin, Brendan and Vieten, Josua and Agrafiotis, Christos and Roeb, Martin and Sattler, Christian (2017) Applications and limitations of two step metal oxide thermochemical redox cycles; a review. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 36, pp. 18951-18966. Royal Society of Chemistry. doi: 10.1039/C7TA05025A. ISSN 2050-7488.

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Two step metal oxide thermochemical redox cycles have seen growing interest in the research community over the last two decades. In particular, they have often been studied as a means of converting heat from concentrated solar power to chemical energy, which can subsequently be used for a number of applications. In this work, we offer critical perspective and valuable insight on these research fields, from authors with a combined experience of 50+ years in metal oxide redox cycles. The current fundamental understanding of thermochemical redox materials, and the implications and limitations this has on the redox thermodynamics are discussed. The underlying fundamentals of the redox materials are then used to give insight into the theoretical limitations imposed on a number of applications including; solar thermochemical fuel production, solar energy storage for off sun power generation, thermochemical air separation, oxygen pumping, and thermochemical heat pumping. A number of recent novel process developments are also presented, which offer valuable motivation and direction for the respective fields. The analysis shows that oxides which undergo a stoichiometric phase change during reduction, such as ZnO or Co3O4, have much larger specific energy storage than materials undergoing partial reduction such as ceria and perovskites. The partial reduction materials generally have faster kinetics and better activity at low temperature, and the selection of materials for the various applications is often a compromise between the importance of high specific energy storage vs. fast kinetics and low temperature operation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/118257/
Document Type:Article
Title:Applications and limitations of two step metal oxide thermochemical redox cycles; a review
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Bulfin, Brendanbrendan.bulfin (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Vieten, JosuaJosua.Vieten (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Agrafiotis, ChristosChristos.Agrafiotis (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Roeb, MartinMartin.Roeb (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Sattler, ChristianChristian.Sattler (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4314-1124
Date:16 August 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Materials Chemistry A
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1039/C7TA05025A
Page Range:pp. 18951-18966
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
Keywords:metal oxide, thermochemical cycle, redox reaction
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:Solar Fuels
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SW - Solar and Wind Energy
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Solar Fuels (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Solar Research > Solar Chemical Engineering
Deposited By: Sattler, Prof. Dr. Christian
Deposited On:01 Feb 2018 13:37
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:30

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