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Reactor concept for continuous hydrogen production via thermo-chemical water-splitting

The concept of an innovative solar reactor for the production of hydrogen from the splitting of steam using solar energy is introduced. The solar reactor contains no moving parts and is constructed from special refractory ceramic thin-wall, multi-channelled (honeycomb) monoliths optimised to absorb solar radiation and develop sufficiently high temperatures. The monolith channels are coated with an active water-splitting material, and the overall reactor looks very similar to the familiar catalytic converter of modern automobiles. The reactor concept can be easily extended to perform other solar chemistry reactions.

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