Promotion of hydrogen production using spectrally controlled thermal radiation

Yuriko Maegami, Fumitada Iguchi, Hiroo Yugami

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By controlling the thermal radiation spectrum using surface grating technologies, we promote the methane steam reforming to produce hydrogen. We fabricated a two-dimensional surface grating to tune its thermal emittance peak to the vibrational absorption bands of methane and water. We demonstrated that hydrogen production strongly depends on the spectral intensity within the resonant wavelength range, and that the hydrogen production rate is four times greater than that obtained when the spectrally controlled thermal radiation is not tuned to vibrational resonances. The optical excitation of the vibrational energy levels of gas molecules is found to effectively promote hydrogen production.

Original languageEnglish
Article number231908
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 6


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