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Nonthermal plasma approach in direct methanol synthesis from CH4

Rajanikanth, BS and Okumoto, M and Katsura, S and Mizuno, A (2002) Nonthermal plasma approach in direct methanol synthesis from CH4. In: Conference Record of the 1996 IEEE Industry Applications Conference, 1996. Thirty-First IAS Annual Meeting, IAS '96, 6-10 Oct 1996, San Diego, CA , USA.

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Conversion of hydrocarbon fuels to methanol promoted their efficient utilization as methanol can easily be converted to hydrogen gas, which has higher available energy. In this regard, nonthermal plasma approach using electrical discharges is gaining significance to improve the conversion process of methanol. The efficiency of this nonthermal plasma chemical reaction is affected by various chemical and electrical parameters. This paper presents some important results of the parametric study carried out in methanol synthesis with the aim of reducing energy losses associated with the conventional method. The parameters include the concentration of the reactants, corona electrode configurations, gas mixtures, etc. Further, an attempt was made to study the combined effect of catalysts and electrical discharges on methanol synthesis. Main emphasis was laid on the electrical aspects like electric field, power transfer efficiency, etc. The gas analysis was carried out under carefully maintained laboratory conditions

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: IEEE
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Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2012 07:27
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2012 07:27
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/44130

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