Optimization of the process parameters of an electrochemical cell in the IS process

Mikihiro Nomura, Hiroyuki Okuda, Seiji Kasahara, Shin Ichi Nakao

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One of the key reactions for efficient hydrogen production using the water-splitting iodine-sulfur (IS or S-I) process is the Bunsen reaction (SO2+I2+2H2O=H2SO4+2HI). The Bunsen reaction was examined using an electrochemical cell with a cation exchange membrane as the separator. The optimal molalities of anolyte and catholyte were evaluated by total thermal efficiency using the heat/mass balance of the IS process. The I2/HI ratio had little effect on the required total voltage; the I2/HI ratio can be reduced to 0.5 without decreasing the total thermal efficiency. On the other hand, HI and H2SO4 molality greatly affected the total thermal efficiency. The total thermal efficiency increased with increasing HI molality up to 16.7molkg-H2O-1 and the maximum thermal efficiency was found at 15.3molkg-H2O-1 of H2SO4. Membrane resistances are very important parameters affecting the efficiency. The total thermal efficiency increased by 3.0% at a current density of the electrochemical cell of 10.0Adm-2 by increasing the operating temperature from 313 to 363 K.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7160-7167
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Electrochemistry
  • Energy
  • Hydrogen production IS (S-I) process
  • Membranes
  • System engineering
  • Thermal efficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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