Day 5: Metal Fuels

EnergyDays - 27 October 2016 - great succes !

The EnergyDays on Metal Fuels were a great success. Barely enough seats to host the many people that were attracted by the topic. We have learned that metals are a very promising clean energy carrier that may replace a large part of the fossil fuels we are using today. The high energy density of metal fuels was demonstrated by Yuriy Shoshyn who combusted some metal powder during the event leading to a very big flash. 

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The issue of 'Metal Fuels' was presented.

Imagine you live in 2030 and you want to travel a few hundred kilometers with your new iron-fueled car that does not emit any CO2. You insert a new cartridge with a few liters of porous micron-sized iron powder. You drive the car and when driving, the iron powder is dispersed in air and the powder is burned in a hot turbulent flame transferring the iron powder into micron-sized rust-powder. Inside the iron-car the hot burnt gases are used fire a Stirling engine to drive the car. The burnt rust particles are stored in a separate compartment of the original cartridge and when returning home you bring the (heavier) cartridge back to the store, from where it is shipped to a central place where the rust is transferred back to micro-sized iron particles again using solar energy.
Whether this vision of the future is real, will become clear in the upcoming EnergyDays event where we will explore the possibilities of Metal Fuels as a novel type of energy carrier.

13h15Reception with coffee/tea


Niels Deen - TU/e, Multiphase & Reactive flows

Chair of the day

Welcome & Introduction


Jeff Bergthorson - McGill University, Montreal

Metal fuels for zero-carbon heat and power

Yuriy Shoshin - TU/e, Multiphase & Reactive flows

Sponge iron powder as a possible fuel of the future
15h40John van der Schaaf - TU/e, Chemical Reactor Engineering
Production of metals in the future: Opportunities for spinning disc technology
16h25General discussion with audience
16h55Closure by chair
17h00Open café


Any further questions on the EnergyDays can be sent to Elle Abzach.