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Thermochemical Hydrogen Production

James E. Funk
University of Kentucky, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lexington, KY

Thursday, January 5, 2006, 3:00 pm
Ben Bandy Conference Center
Center for Applied Energy Research

The processes for hydrogen production discussed in this presentation are those for which water is the only material input and hydrogen and oxygen are the only material outputs.

The required energy inputs are meant to be mainly heat, rather than useful work, such as electricity. These processes may be visualized as a set of chemical reactions which sum to the decomposition of water.

A lot of R & D has been done since the early 1960s, and the cycles which got the most treatment will be discussed along with the situation today.

Dr. Funk has played several roles at the University of Kentucky since 1964, including Dean, College of Engineering; Director, Institute for Mining and Minerals Research (IMMR); Associate VP, Academic Affairs; Special Assistant to the Kentucky Energy Cabinet Secretary; Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and most recently, Professor Emeritus in that department. Dr. Funk has a long history and much insight into energy issues.