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Using a Concentrating Solar Reactor to Produce Hydrogen and Carbon Black via Thermal Decomposition of Natural Gas: Feasibility and Economics

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Pamela L. Spath, Wade A. Amos

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Blvd., Golden, CO 80401

J. Sol. Energy Eng 125(2), 159-164 (May 08, 2003) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1565083 History: Received June 01, 2002; Revised January 01, 2003; Online May 08, 2003
Copyright © 2003 by ASME
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Block flow diagram of hydrogen production process
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H2 production rate versus temperature for a fixed conversion
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Methane flow rate versus reactor wall temperature to achieve 70% conversion
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Reactor power versus wall temperature to achieve 70% conversion
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H2 production rate versus solar irradiance to achieve 70% conversion
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Balance
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H2 selling price versus carbon price for heliostat size of 8750 m2

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