Thermally-driven adsorption/desorption cycle for oxygen pumping in thermochemical fuel production

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The two-step cycle for solar-thermochemical fuels production and thermochemical energy storage benefits from low oxygen partial pressure in the high-temperature thermal reduction step. To be practical, low oxygen partial pressures must be reached by energetically efficient and economically affordable methods—a challenge currently not met by either mechanical vacuum pumping or by inert gas sweeping. To address this challenge, we have examined a promising, thermally-driven surface adsorption/desorption approach. Providing that appropriately designed materials can be identified as expected, this approach would substantially advance solar-thermochemical fuel production (water and carbon dioxide splitting), thermochemical energy storage, and related technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)578-585
Number of pages8
JournalSolar Energy
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Chemisorption
  • Hydrogen production
  • Oxygen pumping
  • Solar fuels
  • Thermochemical cycles
  • Water splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science


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