Alternative Fuels: The Future of Hydrogen by Michael Frank Hordeski

By Michael Frank Hordeski

Newly revised, the second one variation of this pioneering paintings addresses rising components affecting power creation and use, together with the provision and desirability of varied fuels. The textual content presents huge dialogue on hydrogen resources, either sunlight and nuclear, and gas cellphone know-how, in addition to different replacement fuels similar to biomass, and wind strength. It delves into price research, regulatory concerns, obstacles to implementation, conversion and garage platforms, thermodynamic potency, gas chain potency, air emission matters, and safeguard. The e-book additionally covers normal fuel hydrogen gasoline, methanol, ethanol, and steam reforming.

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The poorest quality coke is utilized in gas generators and in the manufacture of water-gas. The gas given off from the ovens is a heavy yellowish gas, with a temperature of 1800°F. Before it can be used it has to be scrubbed and cooled. The gases are sent through a series of condensers 38 Alternative Fuels—The Future of Hydrogen and scrubbers. Large pipes are placed above the ovens where the gas is subject to a shower of cold ammoniacal water. At this time it precipitates some of its tar. The primary and secondary condensers are used to get out the rest of the tar.

The less oxygen in the fuel, the more easily the hydrogen and carbon will burn. Thus, the lower the oxygen content of a fuel, the better it will burn. The ideal fuel would be pure hydrogen. Other factors that need to be considered in assessing the merits of different fuels are the moisture content and the ease of extraction, transportation and utilization. Coal and petroleum seem to have organic origins. We are more certain of coal’s plant-derived origin, although the exact mechanics of the process are not always agreed upon.

It is the main component of natural gas and occurs in swamps as marsh gas from decaying vegetable matter. The formula CH3-H contains the CH3 group, which is called methyl. It plays an important part in the composition of the hydrocarbons. The methyl group has only one valency and replaces any one hydrogen atom of a pre-existing hydrocarbon. The first five hydrocarbons of this series are shown in Table 2-4. These hydrocarbons are in open chain and are often written in a condensed form as CH4, C2H6, C3H8, C4H10 or C5H12.

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