An Analysis of Hydrogen Production Via Closed-Cycle Schemes

  • R. E. Chao
  • K. E. Cox


A thermodynamic analysis and state-of-the-art review of three basic schemes for production of hydrogen from water: electrolysis, thermal water-splitting, and multi-step thermochemical closed cycles is presented. Criteria for work-saving thermochemical closed-cycle processes are established and several schemes are reviewed in light of such criteria. An economic analysis is also presented in the context of energy costs.


Hydrogen Production Work Requirement Iron Chloride Lower Heating Value Water Decomposition 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. E. Chao
    • 1
  • K. E. Cox
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Puerto RicoMayaguezPuerto Rico
  2. 2.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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