Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Technoeconomical analysis of the co-production of hydrogen energy and carbon materials
by Guerra, Zuimdie, D.Eng., University of Michigan College of Engineering Graduate Professional Programs, 2010, 255; 3405945
Abstract (Summary)

HECAM (Hydrogen Energy and Carbon Materials) is a new energy production strategy. The main paradigm of HECAM is that energy extracted from the carbon in hydrocarbon fuels is not worth the production of carbon dioxide. The hydrocarbon fuel is heated in an oxygen free environment and it is chemically decomposed by the heat into gases (mostly hydrogen and methane), small quantities of liquid (light oil and tar), and a solid residue containing carbon and ash (char or coke). More quantities of hydrocarbons will need to be used, but less carbon dioxide will be produced. HECAM is going to compete with steam methane reforming (SMR) to produce hydrogen. HECAM with thermocatalytic decomposition of methane and efficient sensible heat recovery has a production cost per gigajoule of hydrogen about 9% higher than SMR, but will produce about half the carbon dioxide emissions that SMR produces. If HECAM with efficient sensible heat recovery is used to produce electricity in a power plant, it will have a comparable electricity production cost and carbon dioxide emissions to a natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) power plant. The byproduct coke is not a waste residue, but a valuable co-product. Uses for the byproduct coke material may be carbon sequestration, mine land restoration, additive to enhance agricultural soils, low sulfur and mercury content heating fuel for power plants, new construction materials, or carbon-base industrial materials. This study investigated the use of byproduct coke for new construction materials. HECAM concrete substitute (HCS) materials will have a comparable cost with concrete when the cost of the raw materials is $65 per metric ton of HCS produced. HECAM brick substitute (HBS) materials will have 20% higher cost per brick than clay bricks. If the HECAM byproduct coke can be formed into bricks as a product of the HECAM process, the manufacture of HBS bricks will be cheaper and may be cost competitive with clay bricks. The results of this analysis are conservative because the model for the HECAM process is an approximated model, base on a metallurgical coke plant.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Halloran, John W.
School: University of Michigan College of Engineering Graduate Professional Programs
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: DAI-A 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Energy, Environmental economics, Energy, Materials science
Keywords: Carbon dioxide emissions production, Carbon materials, Hydrocarbon fuels, Hydrogen energy, Pyrolysis, Technoeconomical
Publication Number: 3405945
ISBN: 9781109724950
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