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Direct combustion of recyclable metal fuels for zero-carbon heat and power

J.M. Bergthorson, S. Goroshin, M.J. Soo, P. Julien, J. Palecka, D.L. Frost and D.J. Jarvis

Applied Energy, 2015, vol. 160, issue C, 368-382

Abstract: It is becoming widely recognized that our society must transition to low-carbon energy systems to combat global climate change, and renewable energy sources are needed to provide energy security in a world with limited fossil-fuel resources. While many clean power-generation solutions have been proposed and are being developed, our ability to transition to a low-carbon society is prevented by the present lack of clean and renewable energy carriers that can replace the crucial roles that fossil fuels play, due to their abundance, convenience and performance, in global energy trade and transportation. Any future low-carbon energy carriers that aim to displace or supplement fossil fuels must have high energy densities for convenient trade and storage, and should be consumable within efficient high-power-density engines for transportation, heavy machinery, and other off-grid energy applications.

Keywords: Metal fuels; External-combustion engines; Zero carbon; Energy carrier; Energy vector; Solar fuel (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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