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Team 20

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Faculty Advisor

Mitchell Holdmeyer
Nathan Kwak
Darryl Bredy

loulia Valla

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Renewable Hydrogen

In 2019, the United States contributed to 15% of the global greenhouse gas emissions and in total released 5.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. Energy shortages and fossil fuel depletion have increased the demand for renewable energy options. Fuel cells provide a viable alternative to fossil fuels but require a large amount of hydrogen gas for fuel. Currently, the fuel cell industry lacks a clear procedure on how to readily produce pure hydrogen gas in a clean manner. The goal of this project is to develop a solution that uses methane pyrolysis with an iron catalyst to convert methane into solid carbon and hydrogen. The project aims to maximize hydrogen production with the help of both the MATLAB and ASPEN softwares using literature data. Also, the team will examine the economic feasibility of the process and how it compares to other alternative methods. With a profitable procedure to yield hydrogen, fuel cells will revolutionize the energy market and will limit the necessity of fossil fuels for energy production. Thus, this proposal will lead to a decrease in carbon emissions and overall better air quality. The long term effects of climate change are nearing a point of irreversibility, this project will contribute to a climate change solution resulting in a healthier planet.