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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2016, Article ID 1764670, 5 pages
Research Article

Thermodynamic Feasibility of Hydrogen-Rich Gas Production Supported by Iron Based Chemical Looping Process

1Department of Engineering, Vistula University, 3 Stokłosy Street, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland
2Central Mining Institute, Department of Energy Saving and Air Protection, Plac Gwarkow 1, 40-166 Katowice, Poland

Received 3 June 2016; Revised 25 July 2016; Accepted 27 July 2016

Academic Editor: Thijs A. Peters

Copyright © 2016 Grzegorz Słowiński and Adam Smoliński. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The continuously increasing oil prices as well as stronger environmental regulations regarding greenhouse emissions made the greatest economic powers search a new, price competitive, and environment friendly energy carrier, such as hydrogen. The world research activities in these terms focus on the development of integrated hydrogen and power generating technologies, particularly technologies of hydrogen production from various carbonaceous resources, like methane, coal, biomass, or waste, often combined with carbon dioxide capture. In the paper the thermodynamic analysis of the enhancement of hydrogen production in iron based chemical looping process is presented. In this method, iron oxide is first reduced to iron with a reducing agent, such as carbon oxide, hydrogen, or mixture of both gases (synthesis gas), and then, in the inverse reaction with steam, it is regenerated to iron oxide, and pure stream of hydrogen is produced.