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Production of hydrogen in a conventional microwave oven

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6 Author(s)
Nomura, Shinfuku ; Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University, Matsuyama 790-8577, Japan ; Toyota, Hiromichi ; Mukasa, Shinobu ; Yamashita, Hiroshi
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Hydrogen is produced by generating in-liquid plasma in a conventional microwave oven. A receiving antenna unit consisting of seven copper rods is placed at the bottom of the reactor furnace in the microwave oven. 2.45 GHz microwave in-liquid plasma can be generated at the tips of the electrodes in the microwave oven. When the n-dodecane is decomposed by plasma, 74% pure hydrogen gas can be achieved with this device. The hydrogen generation efficiency for a 750 W magnetron output is estimated to be approximately 56% of that of the electrolysis of water. Also, in this process up to 4 mg/s of solid carbon can be produced at the same time. The present process enables simultaneous production of hydrogen gas and the carbide in the hydrocarbon liquid.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:106 ,  Issue: 7 )

Date of Publication:

Oct 2009

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