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Clean Hydrogen Production by Ultrasound (Sonochemistry): The Effect of Noble Gases


Power ultrasonic (> 100 kHz) splits water into free radicals and hydrogen. As a result, water sonochemistry is considered as an alternative clean and fossil-fuel-free hydrogen production technique. In this research work, the impact of rare gases (Xe, Ar, and He) on the sonochemical production of hydrogen as well as the population of active bubbles has been investigated computationally for various sonicated frequencies (213-515 kHz) and intensities (1-2 W/cm²). It has been found that both the H2 yielding and the bubble population size for H2 yielding are in the order Xe>Ar>He, whatever the imposed sonolytic parameters (i.e. frequency and power). These findings were principally ascribed to the thermal conductivity of the saturating gases, which is in the reverse order (He>Ar>Xe). Besides, the difference between Ar and Xe is condensed in comparison with the He gas. For wave frequencies larger than 213 kHz, however, all saturating gases (Xe, Ar, and He) behave identically, with the influence of thermal conductivity of these gases on the optimal radius muted. At 213 kHz, however, this impact is plainly visible (Ropt (Ar and Xe)>Ropt (He)). As per the results obtained, helium's inefficiency as a saturating gas for hydrogen production is verified, but xenon's maximal efficacy is reached when water is saturated with it. These results support the fewer experimental data reported in this emerging branch of sonochemistry, while the discussed results in the present (i.e. noble gases effect on sono-hydrogen production) are treated for the first time, consequently, our work is considered as a guideline for increasing the efficacy of hydrogen production in a sonochemical reactor.

Funding source: This study was supported by The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Algeria (project No. A16N01UN250320220002) and the General Directorate of Scientific Research and Technological Development (GD-SRTD) of Algeria
Related subjects: Production & Supply Chain
Countries: Algeria ; Saudi Arabia

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