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Solar Thermochemical H2O and CO2 Splitting via Isothermal Redox Cycling of Ceria: Thermodynamic Analysis and Reactor Development

Roman Bader (ANU)

SOLAR SEMINAR SERIES

DATE: 2014-12-18
TIME: 16:00:00 - 17:00:00
LOCATION: Graduate Teaching Room (Ian Ross Building)
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ABSTRACT:
In this seminar, we will review the development of a thermochemical reactor to split H2O and CO2 with solar energy. A thermodynamic process analysis reveals the theoretical efficiency limits of the proposed process and serves as a guideline at defining the reactor operating conditions. Experimental results with a differential reactor provide information about the reaction kinetics. CFD and FEM analyses are used to design the reactor and its components.


BIO:
Roman Bader is currently a Research Fellow at the ANUas Solar Thermal Group. He completed his PhD at ETH Zurich in 2011. From 2012-2013 he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Minnesota, where he worked on the development of processes and reactors for efficient solar fuel production. At the ANU, he has assisted A/Prof Wojciech Lipinski at developing a new research agenda and new solar laboratories, including a new 45kW high-flux solar simulator. His research interests are the utilization of solar energy for fuel production, materials synthesis, and electricity generation.

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