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Investigation of Aluminum-Water Reaction for Hydrogen Production and Energy Storage

Investigation of Aluminum-Water Reaction for Hydrogen Production and Energy Storage

Wednesday 11/01/2017
  • Shani Elitzur
  • Work towards PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Emer. Alon Gany and Dr. Valery Rosenband
  • Classroom 165, ground floor, Library, Aerospace Eng.
  • Department of Aerospace Engineering
  • Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • The talk will be given in English

Hydrogen is considered to be the fuel of the future due to its environmental friendly reaction products, only water, and its high specific reaction energy, about three times more than fossil fuels. The challenges preventing a wide use of hydrogen are associated with its storage and transportation problems due to its very low density and high reactivity and explosion hazard.

This research aims at investigating the characteristics of on-site and on-demand production of hydrogen using the chemical reaction between aluminum powder and water. It utilizes an original, patented, in-house, aluminum activation method that enables spontaneous reaction between aluminum and any type of water at regular conditions; room temperature and atmospheric pressure. The hydrogen produced from the reaction can be channeled directly into a fuel cell to generate electricity without pollution and at high specific electric energy of up to 2200 Wh/kg Al.

The seminar will present an experimental and theoretical investigation of the aluminum-water reaction for hydrogen and electric energy production on demand for aerospace, marine, and ground applications.

Light refreshments will be served before the lecture
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