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Title: Testing of a low-cost dry cell prototype for oxyhydrogen production
Authors: Bunge, Lisa
Silva, Hugo G.
Cruz, Pedro L.
Iten, Muriel
Keywords: oxyhydrogen production
low-cost prototype
oxyhydrogen molecular composition
dry cell efficiency
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Testing of a low-cost dry cell prototype for oxyhydrogen production, L. Bunge, H.G. Silva, P.L. Cruz, M. Iten, Designs 6(5), 79 (2022). DOI: 10.3390/designs6050079
Abstract: This work aims to study the production of oxyhydrogen gas by a small low-cost prototype consisting of six dry cells. Firstly, a molecular composition study of the gas was carried out, presenting concentrations of 67% H2 and 28% O2. The deviation from the stoichiometric yield is discussed to be caused by water vapor production and/or oxygen dissolution in the liquid phase. Secondly, an efficiency study was done, considering the ratio between the reversible voltage of an electrolytic cell and the voltage applied to the dry cell by an external power source. Different working conditions (electrolyte concentration, 3% (w/w) of KHO and 20% (w/w) of KHO) have been tested to analyze their effect on the efficiency of the system. The results show that a lower electrolyte concentration increases the applied cell voltage, and so the necessary power input for gas production to occur, resulting in lower cell efficiency. Overall, the efficiencies are below 69.8 +/- 0.6% for the studied electrolyte concentrations and approach approximately the same value around 50% for higher powers.
URI: designs6050079
Type: article
Appears in Collections:FIS - Publicações - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais Com Arbitragem Científica

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